“Money doesn’t make you happy.”
“Money is the root of all evil.”
“Poverty is a noble spiritual path.”
And on and on it goes…
What beliefs do you have around money? Where did they come from? Your parents? Society? Economics?
When I first went to university I studied Commerce with the goal of being an investment banker (I was good at maths and I wanted to earn lots of money).
I then learnt about economics and the finance system and the mantra that got drilled in us was “the only important thing is increasing shareholder value”.
Ah yeah, the wellbeing of people and the environment… that’s kind of important…. but actually “the only important thing is increasing shareholder value”….
The two basic assumptions of our economic system are…. 1. the efficient use of scare resources… and 2. human beings make decisions based only on potential financial gain…
I topped my economic subject out of around 600 students…. so I can regurgitate their theories…. but in my own mind I was thinking…. “efficient use of scare resources????????..... has anyone gone into a shopping centre lately and seen the amount of wasteful crap….. there are 45km wide piles of rubbish in the ocean… and they’re trying to tell me we have a system based on efficient use of resources… this has got to be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard”…..
And then I remembered why I was there… the primary factor in my decision to become an investment banker was wanting to get rich….
So I finished my degree…. but then I opted out… I decided… nope, I’m never going to do anything just for money… I’m going to follow my heart….
And I did…. and often I miraculously survived and received everything I needed…. (read my blog about “how to achieve complete financial security” here)
So why have I now decided that money DOES make you happy??
1. The myth of scarcity is just that… a myth…. it creates a system based on fear and competition…. and it creates a world that reflects the underlying belief in scarcity… (even though IT’S A MYTH!!!!)..... the truth is sufficiency and abundance….. and when you believe in sufficiency and abundance…. you are willing to share and collaborate and you help create a world that reflects your underlying belief in sufficiency and abundance… cool hey!!!
2. Poverty IS NOT the only spiritual path…. selfless service is a MYTH… the only way to serve is to fill your own well first…. joy, love, connection, service etc. are possible while also experiencing abundance….
3. You can use money to make a stand for what you believe in…. you don’t make decision based ONLY on how much money will result…. you can commit to making money in ways that are aligned with your values and the kind of world you would like to co-create… I am committed to co-creating a world where money goes the people who work with integrity and who DO CARE about the wellbeing of people and the environment… and where money DOES NOT SUPPORT environmental destruction or exploitation of vulnerable peoples…
4. Money supports your happiness…. think of three occasions in your life when you felt happiest… who was there?... what was happening?.... how did money support this… for me my happiest memories are when I have been travelling, sharing meals with friends, and when I have been healthy…. money supports me to eat well, go to yoga classes, get regular massages, live in a beautiful home, buy ethical products etc. etc……
I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars over the years on health, wellness, mentoring and spiritual courses…. so far from being evil… money has supported my health, wellness, business and spiritual growth….
Some will tell you that youth mentoring should be free…. I disagree…
I’ve spent many hours volunteering in my life… and now I’m charging what I’m worth….
Think of all the expenses involved in raising a teenager…. things you unquestionably spend money on…
And now think of the resistance you may have to spending money on mentoring… on supporting your teen to find direction… to move forward in their life with the confidence to follow their heart…. be the change… and value themselves financially while doing it… how valuable is their happiness?
Anxious to Awesome teaches teens to identify what they value in life… to envision a life of happiness, fulfilment and satisfying relationships…. to explore what their gifts and passions are… and then it guides them to overcome any fears and negative self-beliefs that may stand as obstacles to achieving this level of success, happiness, and financial freedom....
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