People who live paycheck to paycheck, I feel you. People who can’t make ends meet, people who try and “make a dollar out of fifteen cents,” (thanks Tupac) and people who feel victimized by their poverty, I know where you’re coming from. Living paycheck to paycheck is miserable. Knowing that if you got hurt or could not work for one week, you’d be out on the streets to fend for yourself. It’s how most of America lives. I have been hearing something about how the middle class is disappearing in America and it’s very sad. I just wish this was not an occurence in today’s world, where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
People who have all the money are usually reluctant to give it away to people who need it more. There are exceptions, but most rich people hoard every penny they have, while most poor people have to do the same because they have hardly anything. “All men are created equal” is a big joke. We all know it. With very few exceptions, the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor. It’s just the way it has always been. Sure, there are some rags to riches stories, and even some riches to rags stories, but I believe poverty and wealth is just as much about the mindset as it is the amount in your bank account.
The mindset of wealth is you have more than enough. You have tenfold or more what you need in this life. You have no real worries about any sort of financial situation, unless it involves putting your investments in the right company. I mean, if you were to just let the money sit in a checking account, you could live out the rest of your years without any real concern about losing your house or your car, or even your sense of financial security.
The scarcity mindset is always, “I don’t have enough to scrape by. I need more money. I don’t have enough. I’m going to lose the house/apartment. Whenever I get ahead, I always fall back. How come I can’t save any money?” The thoughts you have about money bring to you the money you attract.
Then there’s the whole perception of money as good or bad. Some people view rich people as dishonorable people, people who walked over at least ten other people just to amass the fortune they have today. There are the people who say that money makes you more of who you already are. If you’re a good and honorable person, wealth is a good thing. If you’re a terrible, kniving, backstabbing greedmonger, then the more money you have, the more greedy you’ll get.
Another distortion some people have is that money will make them happy. Like as soon as they get a certain amount of money, happiness will follow. People who are hoping for a miracle, for a million dollars to just fall into their lap and they can finally relax and be happy. Some of the people who play the lottery fall into this category. Not all of them, but some. It would be nice, but having that sum of money is not something I need to make me happy. It may increase my happiness, but it will not make me happy.
Money is neither good or bad in itself. And it’s quite useful if you need to solve certain problems. It’s a great resource from where it works, and it’s immensely beneficial to getting you out of debt. That should be obvious. It’s a powerful tool that can be used for good or evil. It has a great potential and can grow beyond your wildest dreams. But how much do we actually need?
I’m not sure. I am not a financial expert. I do not write books about how making millions of dollars will improve your life significantly. I’m not going to say that. If you’re happy now, then hopefully money will only increase your happiness. If you’re sad now and you inherit one million dollars, it may get you happy for a little while, but who knows if you can maintain that sort of happiness?
I am on my way to achieving financial abundance in my life. All it is going to take is for me to align my beliefs with that of a millionaire who is honorable. Someone who uses his/her money for good purposes, and doesn’t just buy a f*cking blimp for $12 million. My first thought of me being wealthy is to go into small towns and randomly give away $10,000 or so dollars to random people, people who need the money, people who have to realize that kindness goes a long way. One visualization I get is me sitting at a restaurant and leaving a $10,000 tip on the table and walking out of the restaurant. Just imagine what that would do to the waiter/waitress who was at my table? Just showing people that being wealthy is all about attitude and mindset.
There is nothing that would fulfill me more than doing something like that, along with motivational type speeches, with much humor injected of course. Seeing the look on people’s faces when you hand them an unexpected sum of money. I’m sure the press will catch wind of this so I may have to go undercover. With all the money I’m planning to have, it should not be a big problem to concoct a sufficient disguise. I’ll be the Master of Disguise (one of the worst movies ever).
Getting to a state of financial abundance is something I wouldn’t mind doing. I’m working towards it every day and the process is so enriching, so motivating, because I know that with the money I have, I can change people’s lives for the better (hopefully). I’m going to look to give the money or advice to good people so they can also do the same good to other people if they ever achieve a state of financial abundance. Isn’t that what life is all about anyway? Being the best person you can be and helping others do the same. Well, wish me luck. I hope the same happens for you.