“Money is not everything but it ranks right up there with oxygen.” ― Zig Ziglar
Is money really all that important? To some people money is the ultimate measure of success, to others it’s little more than abstract numbers in a bank account.
How important is money in your life? Would you put your entire life on hold for three years to launch a start-up if it meant you had a good chance of ending up a millionaire? Would you live on a lower salary in order to have more time with your family? I know people who have done both.
Once a student asked Bill Gates for advice on how she could become rich like him? Gates replied with:
“I can understand wanting to have millions of dollars, there’s a certain freedom, meaningful freedom, that comes with that. But once you get much beyond that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger. Dick’s has not raised their prices enough,” he said, referring to the Seattle-area fast-food chain. “But being ambitious is good. You just have to pick what you enjoy doing.”
What would you do and how do you define success for yourself?
Developing an awareness of what you believe about money and its influence on your self-esteem and life experience.
When you set financial goals, they need to be consistent with your non-monetary life goals. If the two are not compatible, then you will be in a constant state of internal struggle and frustration. Remember, money is the enabler to help you to achieve your life goals, not vice versa.