Wealth…there’s a highly debated topic. Recently I had someone on YouTube tell me that it was a shame that our society is so obsessed with money, and that success shouldn’t have anything to do with wealth.
And then I thought about that. And I think that’s ridiculous.
Here’s why: first of all, money allows us comfort. Money allows us to live the lives we want, and it lets us provide for our families and give them what they deserve. I agree that it can be used unwisely and selfishly, but…hate the players, not the game (that’s supposed to be the other way around, isn’t it?). I mean, professional baseball players take steroids, but you don’t hate the game because of it if you’ve been a fan all your life. Money allows you to live a good life and do the things you want to do.
Secondly, and this is very much related to the first point, it gives us security. I had a thought the other day…I imagined what it would be like if I had enough money to allow my family to quit their jobs. And then I thought about what it would be like if they could all do what they REALLY wanted to do. People don’t become painters or poets or authors or philosophers or business owners because those careers often lack security, at least in the beginning. And so I am working toward wealth and abundance so I can help the people around me feel secure enough to go after what they really want.
Lastly, money is nothing more than a measuring stick for the service you provide to other people. Earl Nightingale said, “we are paid in exact proportion to the service we render.” People are stingy with money; they don’t just give it away to anyone who walks by. So if they are giving their money to one person in particular, you can bet that that person is providing a product or service to them.
Money isn’t the root of all evil. The lack of money is the root of all evil. As if you needed any more convincing, poverty is closely linked with crime…
So go along in your pursuit of money. As long as your intentions are good and you don’t harm anyone else, money is just another perfectly good part of success. Not the ONLY part, of course, but I’m sure you know that!