For centuries the money issue has been debated: How important is money for human happiness? Some say it’s critically important. Others regard money as the root of all evil. I look at it from an entirely different angle.
I don’t think money is a natural human desire. I don’t think a baby has an inborn need for money. But a baby does have an inborn need and desire for freedom. That is what I believe is the key issue. It’s not about the money. It’s about the freedom. The tricky thing is that in our society, money provides choices. Choices facilitates freedom.
In 1909, Wallace D. Wattles wrote a book entitled, “The Science Of Getting Rich.” The first sentence of the first chapter reads, “Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the facts remain that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich.” That was written over 100 years ago, when life was much less complicated than it is today.
Wattles’ argument is that in order to live a full life, a person needs to possess certain things. Acquiring those things requires money. Simple and logical argument. My thinking goes a bit deeper than that.
I firmly believe that it is a human need to live with as much freedom as possible. When a person is shackled down by poverty, your freedom is taken away. You don’t own your life. Your job, bills and responsibilities own you. You feel out of control. That is not how life should be lived.
Although money shouldn’t be the reason for our happiness, it does provide the underlying means in which we may experience freedom. As Wattles so eloquently said, you need money to buy the things to enjoy a full life. Creating that type of freedom requires a certain amount of focus on generating money.
With that said, the motivation should be shifted from acquiring money to creating freedom. When you acquire money for the sake of just having money, the motivation is short lived. On the other hand, when your focus is on creating freedom for yourself and the people you love, your ability to persevere and overcome magnifies. Your creativity explodes. Your mind will be attracted to the people, situations and circumstances that will allow you to create that freedom.
Money vs Freedom
It is in that simple distinction that most people make the mistake. Money for the sake of money is an empty, temporary thrill. Money for the sake of freedom is an energizer that empowers a person to live a complete and successful life. At the end of our lives, the richest man in the graveyard is not the true measure of success.
The people who are able to grab control of their lives, enjoy life, travel, laugh, share their love with family without being hindered by finances, that person is a success. That person has created a legacy for themselves and their family. Ultimately, the mindset that you live by, and eventually leave behind to your family is the real indication of your freedom.
Find a way to own your life. Find a way to develop the freedom you internally desire. You need a plan, the energy to execute and the perseverance to see it through. Many people will read this post and continue living life shackled. You can be different. You can begin today to change your circumstances by focusing on your freedom. Be the example for others. Start living large.
“It’s your time to shine!”