The power they attribute to it would make one think that the picture of a dead president on piece of paper could create happiness and financial security.
Of course we know that’s a silly assumption. But the fact is, people still live their entire lives as though it were true.
You see them:
- standing in a long line to purchase a lottery ticket
- or sitting for hours in front of a slot machine waiting for the big win
- or poring over the latest stock market reports to see if they made a gain or suffered loss
- or spending countless hours striving to further a career with no thought of personal health or personal relationships
- or funneling their savings into an investment they know nothing about in the belief that that will create security for them in their so-called golden years
In each of these scenarios – and in countless others all across the country – people are chasing wildly, almost thoughtlessly, after currency. It has become a prime focal point of their existence. At the end of that road in life, most come up disappointed, discouraged, and disillusioned. Why? Because money simply does not have that kind of power.
Money in and of itself has no intrinsic value. It is merely a tool with which to measure value. If you have something of value and I want to purchase that item from you, in our society, I give you money for it. (In America that would be dollars.) In centuries past I might have given you gold doubloons, a pretty shell, a belt of beaded wampum, or even salt. Money is a medium of exchange. To think of money in this way may require a paradigm shift from what you have heard all your life.
What if the focus was on utilizing your assets and resources to move you toward your goals and objectives? Building on that as the foundation, money can then have a greater impact on the things in life that are truly fulfilling.
The funny thing is that the people who are not attached to money are often the ones who have it present in their lives.
Are you focused on accumulating money or adding value? My experience is that only the latter can produce long-term financial success and a fulfilled and balanced life. Never let it be said that you allowed the picture of a dead president on a piece of paper to run your life.