In case you didn’t guess, this post is going to be about money. Do you really think I would be working so hard that my eyelids droop sometimes, missing out on the “fun” of my 20s, and constantly working on becoming a better business woman if I did not see it making me money? And I am not talking about a safe guaranteed salary or being able to live “comfortable”. I want to be rich, wealthy, paid — I LOVE MONEY!
Yes, the bible says the love of money is the root of all evil, but I only think that applies when money is ALL that matters. Truthfully, the lack of money is the real root of all evil. For instance, did you know, that every time unemployment increases by 1% 10,000 women and children are battered? Lack of money causes way more stress, divorce, pain, and anger than anything else BY FAR! Picture this, someone is on life support and they are waiting for an organ transplant, they stay on life support until the family can no longer afford to keep them on it, a month later, the organ they need is available. MONEY SOLVES PROBLEMS!
Another example, did you know that each year 1.5 million children die from diarrhea in the third world. YES, DIARRHEA! And to buy an irrigation system to clean the water in an African village it only cost $7,000. Imagine if you had $70,000 of disposable income, you could clean the water supply of 10,000 villages FOREVER. Imagine if you had $700,000.
However, subconsciously money has always been taught to me as evil. I remember being beat over the head as a kid that “it’s easier for a needle to be found in a haystack than for a rich man to enter heaven” as if God wanted us to be broke, struggle, and lack. I mean, my parents were doting Christians, keeping us in church 5-7 days a week sometimes, but guess what? We were a lower lower middle class family. Have you ever seen people with no morals, no values, and no care for others become wealthy and then you start spending their money for them? Or you get upset that they don’t give more to charity or they buy houses they cannot live in and cars they cannot drive. I know I have, but the difference is I have no desire to sit around and gossip about them being wrong for how they spend THEIR money anymore. I want my own and then I can spend it whichever way I choose to.
Money is an amplifier. If you are a horrible person when broke, having money will only make that worse. However, if you are giving, caring, kind, compassionate, and want to help others, having more money will amplify your ability to do all of that.
Sometimes I wonder, are my subconscious fears of money being bad keeping me from being more successful faster? Or maybe I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now and my character is being tested. Only God knows. I am positive of one thing though — the struggle cannot be real for me, it would drive me insane. Here’s the problem: there are many people who think exactly like me, but they lack the opportunity to acquire wealth. We’ll discuss that in part 5.
In case you missed it, check out part 3 – Resilience