Value of financial freedom and Reaching your full potential.
Is money truly the root of all evil?
I use to work at a bank and one thing they said that made sense was “Money is a tool, just like a hammer or a drill that’s all it is.” The love of money is what is wrong. Some people place value on the wrong things and that’s ok. It’s all a matter of perspective. We all make choices and decisions upon our own best interest and the interest of others. Our actions towards what we care about are most important.
I’ve heard the saying “The lack of money is the root of all evil.” Which in my opinion made more sense to me. People kill, they rob, lie, hurt, and cheat because of the lack of money. If you want more you have to do more and how much we earn is in exchange for our contribution or service. Some people just aren’t willing to do the work or to think differently. Granted we all are not offered the same opportunities. We aren’t always playing in the same field in life but if greed was based on perspective and lack of material then wouldn’t the issue be lack of compassion?
Knowing the moral risk involved with obtaining financial independence is it a worthwhile objective?
I think it is. I also think throwing away all your values to achieve financial independence is not necessary. Some people acquire a large sum of money and begin to feel guilty. Some people make more than their partners and feel bad about it. Once you eliminate the idea that it’s wrong to have more when others have less, you can do better with what you have. The balance their lies in giving back. That doesn’t always involve finances. People can contribute their time, knowledge, physical labor, as well as donations toward a worthwhile cause or charity.
Most importantly, it’s the most rewarding objective to aim for. Once you have the issue of money out of the way you can finally focus on other projects in your life. These projects now have the ability to grow and expand. This allows you the time and freedom to work on things that truly matter to you. If your goal in life is to help others you will be able to will more dedication attention and focus, if your goal is to create you will be able to do this without stress or distraction from lack of income.
You don’t have to throw away your values at all you simply need to adjust your focus and change the way you see money, it’s a tool and nothing more.
If you could do better should you?
In many ways we hold ourselves back, we don’t seek expert opinion or advice. We sometimes over think the outcomes of financial problems which can cause us to not make any decisions at all. Lack of information plays a crucial role in our own financial success. What you don’t know is important. You close the gap in the lack of information by being constantly curious. You will always find an answer that you agree with if you will only look for it.
In this situation the main ingredient is action. Action plays the most crucial role in all things obtained. If all you are capable of making while using all your effort is $30,000 that’s ok. On the other hand, if you are capable of making $500,000 then you aren’t using the full extent of your reach. Your reach consists of your knowledge. Your lack of knowledge. The actions you are willing to take in order to close that gap.
It may be physical, it may be mental or it may even be emotional. Sometimes our emotions play a role in our lack of action. We create moral issues around events we haven’t experienced. Simply because we don’t want to throw away certain values we believe in. This is perspective, your responsibility lies in the decisions you make taking action and learning from mistakes. Fear is an immobilizer or a motivator, the truth is most of the fear is not real.
So the question is how much should you do? A good philosophy for this is, as much as you can. Your capacity to its limits whatever that amount may be is a good place to start. You can apply this to other areas of your life as well by giving as much as you can, reading as much as you can, learning as much as you can, and accomplishing as much as you can.
The only way to get the issue of not having money out of the way is to have plenty of it. Then you can focus on less distraction on other areas of your life.