“We have become ninety-nine percent money mad. The method of living at home modestly and within our income, laying a little by systematically for the proverbial rainy day which is due to come, can almost be listed among the lost arts.” George Washington Carver
It is difficult to separate money from happiness, even if it is just to say that money won’t make you happy.
We’ve always been told that money doesn’t buy happiness or love, but do we want money itself or do we want what money buys?
Does money buy better feelings of self-worth?
I have met some young Black people who say that their purpose for living is just to get money and to get as much money as they possibly can and die.
When I talk to them further and I see their posts on social media, I realize that their desire for money comes from pain.
Their friends and loved ones that they have grown close to have died or they felt betrayed, and they believe that as long as they grind or hustle for money, they will always have something that demands their attention – because money doesn’t care.
Money allows you to buy more than what you bargained for
When I first began to develop an idea of what business was and what it meant to be in business, I started out delirious with the desire to be wealthy beyond my wildest dreams. A thought process nurtured by Think & Grow Rich and other such books and programs that put emphasis on desire.
The wall above my computer was adorned in pictures of extravagant mansions and luxury cars. My screensaver had more pictures of cars and pictures of stacks of dollar bills. I went to luxury dealerships to look at the cars on a regular basis and my friends shared the same desires.
I became a working millionaire in 2005 in real estate. All of my dreams seemed to come true in the blink of an eye. I went from being gifted a car by the nurse who tested my legs for nerve damage after the car accident to driving a convertible two-seater of the current year seemingly overnight.
Be prepared to learn from your mistakes
When the recession hit, we lost it all. It was an existing business that had been managed the same way for 10 years.
I have learned some important lessons since then about how to protect my income and how to create a sustainable structure for my business that would withstand the unforeseen.
The first lesson that I learned was to diversify. You never put all of your financial eggs in one basket.
The second lesson I learned was to never value money over people, because when your money disappears, there will be no one there to console you.
The third lesson I learned was how to create value for myself outside of my income. When money isn’t there, I have to be defined outside of its existence too. I don’t want my sense of value to be based solely upon what is in my bank account.
What were you taught about money growing up? What have you learned about the nature of money in your business? Has money made you happy?
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions about money and whether it will make you happy, or you have your own review about the nature of money in business, leave a comment for me on this page.