Your Money, Your Mind, and What Matters
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Money is everywhere in today’s society. From millennials and Gen Xers to baby boomers, some people would say we have an innate desire to accumulate wealth; more wealth generally equates to a better chance at survival. Our relationship with money and our relationship with each other around money can often become the relationship’s central focus.
The power of money binds us together—and tears us apart. Money is often the currency used to define our relationships with people—brothers and sisters, young and old, couples in love, and business partners. Our finances are filled with emotions—envy, compassion, jealousy, fear, and anger; money is often the currency that defines our relationships.
Some use money to manipulate, others freely give it away, while still others will take it away or use it as a weapon. Financial problems are often the tip of an iceberg, concealing deeper hidden issues between family members, couples in love, or business partners.
To some folks, money is all that matters. We have all heard people say that “money isn’t everything.” But just try living without it. Other peoples say that “money can’t buy happiness,” but money can buy nicer things, better experiences, and might even allow you to contribute more to your favorite charity. Still others say, “money is the root of all evil,” but as Billy Graham stated,
“There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches.
The wrong comes when riches possess men.”
—Billy Graham, Life Wisdom
If there is nothing wrong with men and women possessing riches, then why do so many relationship problems revolve around those greenbacks? Money is used as a social measurement, separating the haves from the have nots—separating those who are financially wealthy from the wannabes.
Money matters are still the most often cited source of relationship problems. It is a common concern among couples and marriages, between business partners and in business negotiations; and between friends and family. Money in our society is an emotionally charged topic.
Money and Character
Money does not have a character of its own. It does not have a personality or values. The use of money reflects the desires of its owner. Money can build great hospitals and schools, or it can be gambled away or squandered on meaningless possessions. Money may build museums to house beautiful works of art, and it can construct beautiful houses of worship—or it may be used to create instruments of war or used to support violent crimes.
How can a person resolve this dilemma? How might they answer these questions in an empowering way? I recommend that as you build your personal wealth, make sure you build your character too. Focus on character traits as much as financial achievement. This is one of the themes in my book about living the Rich Life and the Wealthy Life.
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As an example, you might start by setting aside a portion of your income to help others. In this way, you will be leading both a rich life and a wealthy life. Choose a church, a charity, or a cause that you can enthusiastically support. Then give your money and/or your time to support that cause. The primary beneficiary of such noble actions is always the one who gives.
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Dave spent a long and distinguished career as a pilot and leader in the United States Air Force. Along the way, he managed to obtain three graduate degrees. As an investor in the stock market for more than 37 years, Dave has seen his share of ups and downs. When Dave retired as a Colonel in 2006, he founded Razor Sharp Investments. Subsequently, he worked with an investment education company, teaching new investors how to handle their money, and then two brokerage firms doing the same thing. In 2012, Dave founded his own investment firm. Dave has always been fascinated by the question, Why do people do the things that they do? On his discovery journey, he encountered Tony Robbins. He worked with his event staff to eventually progresss through the Institute for Strategic Intervention as a coach, making him ideally suited to tackle the most formidable challenges in a relationship. Dave continues to be committed to a life of service, mainly serving those struggling in their relationships over money.
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Integrity First -- Service Before Self – Excellence in All We Do.
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