You do know who said these words, right? The richest man on earth – Bill Gates! This coming from the richest person on the planet – it must mean something.
There’s no denying that money is not everything. But, it’s definitely something. You cannot deny the fact that you need it for surviving. For some, money is a translation for being able to afford the few harmless indulgences of life and being able to enjoy the little luxuries.
For others, it’s the way to make ends meet. Something to just get by and not really indulge in decadence!
And so, while you may not need more of it and while it definitely cannot offer a replacement for everything in life, money definitely is a big necessity.
This type of attitude creates negativity about being rich or having money
The world is full of clichés. And, being rich or having adequate money is another cliché that is associated with dishonesty or being immoral for living an extravagant lifestyle. Every time we hear statements like these – that disapprove money/wealth – it hits us on a subconscious level. Unknowingly it moulds our mind into creating a negative attitude towards wealth.
That’s precisely why it’s not uncommon for many people to feel guilty for being able to afford certain things financially – and for their financial success – that most people don’t have.
This type of negativity towards money/finances is bound to affect you in some way or the other and discourage you from putting your best efforts to achieve financial stability.
Our minds may be free, but we are bound by the matter
Sure, money is not something that you need for feeling ‘joyful’. You know – the kind of joy you feel when you see you kid getting good grades, or the kind of joy you get by helping someone. Our emotions including fear or happiness don’t accept credit cards.
But, we are bound by our physical needs. Our mind may be free to think whatever it wants to as it doesn’t really understands the monetary terms, our bodies do rely on the power that comes with being financially sound and having enough money; for it needs safety and security. We do need a home, good food to survive, and clothes on our body.
It gives us an excuse to be lazy
Statements like these are basically a way for us to feel good about ourselves – about our inadequacies – and our flaws. It basically gives us approval that it’s okay to be lazy and not really do much about achieving financial success. This is in no way to say that financially secure people are competent and others are not. But, achieving financial success does require us to go out of the way and get out of our comfort zone.
It forces us into finding out who we are and what our true calling is. And, all that requires efforts. But, because we want to stay comfortable and lazy, we give ourselves excuses with statements like – money is not everything and we don’t need it, when clearly you do need it even if just to get by.
So, next time you find yourself thinking that you don’t need money; make sure you have earned enough of it.