I don’t think I’ve ever written about money or anything. I usually avoid contentious contemporary topics because I prefer to let time and reality stand as they will. People will always have their opinions on things and engaging in any of the passing issues of one day or another doesn’t fit into my schedule. I’m focused on creation, integration, and production. You won’t see me talking much about politics, movements, or scandals. My focus is always forward, for the long term, and how I can be most effective.
But today I’m going to talk about money, wealth, and poverty. My partner passed me this article. And I love it. Because it outlines the key difference between people who triumph and people who suffer. It’s not just about money or building wealth. It’s a way of life, a way of thinking, a way of interacting with reality. Think about all the trouble people have with things like love and money. Rarely do they ever consider looking deeper than the surface and uncovering the source of their beliefs, assumptions, and options. You’re only going to be as effective as you allow yourself to be. And especially when it comes to love and money, it’s hard for people to step back and figure out what’s truly effective.
I’m not writing this in the hopes that anyone will agree with me. I’m sharing this because for so long I wondered why, even in my shitty situation, I seemed to be able to do what others couldn’t. I always knew I thought a bit differently. And it turns out I’m not the only one. For those who want more, they have to see more. It doesn’t matter what realm it’s in. This one happens to be about money. I don’t know if I’ll ever be wealthy one day but I do know I sure like the way they think.
These are important differences highlighted in this article. This is why some people make it out and others don’t. I may be poor as shit but that doesn’t mean I have to remain that way. I stay focused on what’s ahead and not what’s behind. I don’t understand the hypocrisy in decrying money and selfishness and then wanting to be rich or to force the people who generate wealth to give everything away. It’s not sustainable or integrated.
And if you believe you have to force people to be kind or generous, what does that say about your general belief in humanity?
Yes, there are some assholes who make their money by horrible means. But there is a big difference between being wealthy and being rich. The money is just a tool; it’s only going to be as effective as you make it. Wealth is grown and tended while riches are obtained and hoarded. Riches can disappear or be stolen. Wealth enriches. I’d much rather be wealthy. Anyone can be rich. Wealth takes a longer view of life, history, and your role in it.
Even if you don’t understand or agree with all of that, there’s still this simple matter: how do you expect anyone to benefit from something they view as inherently evil? Everyone seems to want it but they don’t trust anyone else with it. It’s easy to complain these days about how awful and unfair the world seems to be but when you look back over history it’s easy to see that we’ve come a long way. We do still have far to go. But going backwards out of fear is not the answer.
*After this, I’ll likely go back to posting about books or MSI or my shitty health or any number of things not so related to monetary, pop culture, or political issues. I’m not here to preach; I’m here to love life and get things done. 😀