I’ve been in financial situations where I couldn’t even afford a pizza.
I know what it’s like to have more money than you can spend. I know what it’s like to see your goals turn into cold hard cash.
Through these two extremes of poverty and wealth, I’ve learned a thing or two about money.
Your mind constructs money
Whether you feel rich or not has to do with your mind.
You can have $100 in your bank account and feel like the richest guy or girl in California. How rich you feel comes down to your internal programming. If you practice being grateful, then you’ll find yourself believing that you are already rich. You can have all the money this world has to offer and still feel poor.
“The time I felt the poorest was when I had the most money, but zero meaning for my life”
I always felt at this time in my life like I needed more. I always felt I wasn’t enough. When I went through the whole personal development transformation phase of my life, all of a sudden, just having money to buy a hot chocolate felt amazing!
Be careful what the world tells you about money. You get to decide the difference between rich vs. poor. The money you have in your bank account doesn’t answer this question for you.
Meaning Vs. Money
When I discovered a meaning for my life, suddenly money wasn’t as important. The dumb thing was that money started to find its way into my life again without me focusing on it. People were attracted to the meaning I had created for my life which then bought me more abundance.
My advice to anyone reading this is to focus on finding out the meaning of your life. If you can’t figure it out, then create one. Think about who you admire and the meaning they have for their life, and create something similar for yourself.
If you want to inspire people, then do it.
If you want to create a business that gives back, then do it.
If you want to write blog posts like this one to help people in life, then do it.
During the time I had more money than I knew what to do with, I had no idea what I was put on this Earth to do. I would import widget A, make some money, import widget B, and then start all over again. I felt like a robot repeating a pattern. At the end of the process, I got another couple of zeroes in my bank account.
Those zeros on the screen of my Internet banking got very boring, very quickly.
As soon as I found something that lit me up and helped others, the focus on seeing more zero’s on my Internet banking screen disappeared.
I’m not saying money doesn’t matter
If you just read that Tim Denning thinks money doesn’t matter, then you didn’t get me.
Money does matter, but it shouldn’t be your primary focus. Your primary focus should be finding meaning which will lead you to something that self-motivates you. This self-motivating activity can then be monetized to give you the resources you need to live like food, shelter and maybe a vacation once in a while.
What I want you to feel is that your focus is on something other than money.
“Having been both rich and poor, I’ve mostly felt nothing at both extremes”
Meaning can also be found in life’s simple pleasures
I remember the feeling I got from reading Unlimited Power.
I remember what it was like when I fell in love for the first time.
I remember how cool it was to go on my very first overseas holiday.
All of these memories gave me a meaning for my life and made me feel something. Each memory created a variety of emotions that I can still remember as I reminisce on these pastimes.
Meaning came to me through the simplest of pleasures. I didn’t need a million dollar Lamborghini to make me feel like I was on top of the world. Lying on a beach with friends spending no money gave me far more than I could ever imagine.
If you’d told me this five years ago, I would have called you a liar. Having been both rich and poor, I now understand what meaning money gives me: not much.
Final words on money…
Focus on who you can become. Find or create a meaning for your life than transcends money.
Go beyond what society tells you about money. Most of it is a lie. Money will not give you meaning or make you happy.
Only you can create happiness and meaning for yourself.