I often hear people say things like:
‘money doesn’t make you happy’
‘money is the route of all evil’.
The subject of money and the role it plays in people’s lives makes for a fascinating debate. The role of money in the world and in my family’s life is very important and so it is something I’ve spent a lot of time pondering.
This week’s blog looks at the varying attitudes towards money and the role it can play in most people’s life. I take a look at the good, the bad and the unavoidable aspects of money.
I write this blog after returning from our annual company rally in Dubai. Me and my family attended a company function, where I received a substantial annual bonus of close to €200k as a reward for my work. This is an amount of money that most people would regard as substantial and others would describe as life changing. In fact, UK research reveals this amount of money to represent six – seven years’ average annual income for some from Briton.
As I reflect on this monetary reward, once again, it brings the subject of wealth, pursuit of wealth and work life balance into sharp contrast.
The world has evolved to see money and currencies having huge influence over what we can and cannot do in our lives. Some time ago, I concluded that money would be never my god. However, I also rationalised that money is an essential ingredient in making sure that I can live the sort of lifestyle that my family deserves and has chosen.
Money means that my family can live in comfort. It means that we can travel the world, visit amazing places and enjoy some of the best and most enriching physical experiences that this planet has to offer. My view is that money does not need to have negative connotations attached to it. Indeed, as I see the smiles on the faces of people that I’m able to offer some support and kindness towards, I know that money has the power to change circumstances and sometimes to change mindset and attitudes. I’ve also concluded that the money game (if that is a fair label to give it) is not one that I created but it is a game that virtually every human being on this planet is affected by and cannot avoid.
When I grew into my adult years, I had the same choice as everyone else. I could adopt a positive mind and find a way to become good at the practice of money gathering. Alternatively, I could be one of those reluctant people – you know, the kind of people who actually seem to resent money.
I’ve learnt there are many people who wish they had more of money but they are resentful of what it sometimes takes to earn the money and they show envy towards people who have more money than them. I realised that I had to dedicate some of my time to the art of earning money so that I could have a better lifestyle.
As you ponder your own attitude towards money, it’s worth taking some time to revisit the background to money and how it came to be. Thousands of years ago, when money did not exist, people used to go out and gather ingredients to make items such as shelters, homes, knives, clothes and furniture. They would also hunt and scavenge for their food. People would then trade what they had created and any surplus food for other goods that they needed to live. In this process, some people developed better hunting and creative skills than others. As a consequence, some of the more talented people had better life conditions and prospects. Their skills were sought after and they had enough physical items to trade for what they didn’t have our could not create themselves.
A situation developed where people began to add some sort of valuation to literally everything and so something known as trading began – people would swap food for clothes and food generating animals for wood, cloth and linen etc. Everything had an approximate value. People would do work for others and in return they would get paid with goods.
Inevitably a better trading system needed to be developed and so eventually money was created in the shape of coins. There is still some mystery behind who actually created money but we know that coins emerged during roman times.
However it came to be, money is now one of the most vital aspects of the modern world. Some people don’t like this reality and a small number of people choose to abandon modern life and try to escape commercialism and a dependence on money. Some of these people retreat into the wilderness and adopt the lifestyle habits of times gone by. They build a home and try their best to live off the land and the natural resources around them. I can understand why some people choose to do this.
For my part, I know that money is not bad or evil. It is just an inevitability of life. I urge all of my clients to decide what they want from their life – what they regard as financial security, the sort of car they would prefer to drive, the places they would like to visit and the general lifestyle they would like to give their family. We then set about the task of creating a plan that can take them to their vision and to a timescale they feel comfortable with. For some, this is 12 months, for others it is two years and for many it is there to five years.
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