The Benjamins, money – money – money

Benjamin

 

There are a lot of ideas out there about what money means. Some are adamant that being rich means that you will become selfish and greedy.  Some idealistic folks will give it away with no thought of the future or keeping account of it. There are those that covet money as if their very souls depended on it. For the most part there are a lot people in the middle of this spectrum just doing their best to get along and be generous in ways that they can whenever they can.

Let’s face it – it’s a tool.  Gone are the days of bartering a goat for fabric or food. I know there are some people who wish it were still so, but it’s not. I have to admit I have worked my ass off for other people (companies) and not made a ton of money. I also didn’t choose a field that was going to enable me to make a lot.  Some say you shouldn’t talk about money, well I know very few people who don’t talk about it. I live in a town where there seems to be a lot of money, but I wonder how many folks are actually ‘flush’. I am not primarily motivated by money, but I am motivated by not having to stress about it. There is a motivation to make sure I can take care of myself and give back. If we are worrying about how to make it, put a roof over our heads there is little time for much else. With that being said it is what we spend most of our time doing – making the Benjamin’s.

There are people who live for their work, the reward of money and having lots of things. Is this wrong – no everyone is entitled to do what they want with their time and money. The interesting thing is when folks become calculating with their money and use it to control others. Perfect example is a father who lords over his children heads all of the things he has done for them (financially) so that they will jump to attention when he makes demands of them.  Another example – throwing money at people in hopes that they will love you – buying them presents, trips and baubles all to get or keep someone’s attention and affection. It’s fleeting, because if the money goes, so do the people. Money can’t buy you love.

The idea I am trying to espouse is that you can have both love and money, and be rich and generous – T. Harv Eker

I have known trust fund babies that still have jobs, try to do good things with their money and give back. Commendable. I have known trust fund babies that do absolutely nothing with their money, but spend it on themselves and are turn a blind eye to the world they live in, because they are above it all. I know self-made millionaires – low-key folks that you would not even glance at twice walking down the street. Super savvy about their money and they actually do give back.  Money does not define who we are, but it can define what we can do in life.

 I recently watched The Roosevelt’s documentary. Very well done by the way. Something that stood out for me was that these folks did not have to go into politics nor did they have to work on behalf of their fellow human being. They were not perfect people by any stretch of the imagination, but they were remarkable. Teddy overcame great odds in regards to his physical health and he butted heads with his cronies on issues of working conditions for coal miners and such. He was fearless, a renegade and he could have chosen to amass more wealth and leave the poor to their own destitute lives. Same goes for Franklin and Eleanor. They chose to use their wealth and education to make a difference. We can’t all be philanthropists or politicians. I know we live in different times – still you gotta be impressed!

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great – Mark Twain

For the person that is itching to be an entrepreneur or already is or has been the balance between taking a risk outside of the main stream can be frightening. When you are a self made person you have got to have a knack for self discipline and ideas that can be translated into the world of commerce. In this day and age some things have become easier to implement and other’s not so much. Where does that leave us – there are tons of shows, books, online courses on how to increase your wealth, be a player in the stock market (it’s so elusive – don’t you think),  be in the game, grow the economy – yadda, yadda, yadda. Stop the Press! How about be Happy, find joy in the work we do, find work that brings a spark to our day. Key is working smarter (not harder), spending time with movers and shakers that we believe in and trust. Make the inner circle pristine with folks you can trust and have your best interest at heart. We definitely have to keep it real, for every dream needs to be systematically planned and of course leave room for serendipity. The critics will come out and let them – it only fortifies one’s resolve.

Money is the grease that makes the wheel go round, but the wheel itself is comprised of people. Cherish the relationships that count including the people who work with us. As for money, we can save it, share it and reinvest. Same goes go for Love. While love doesn’t pay the bills, it makes us happier (the icing on the cake) and this can translate into to what we do everyday to make that ‘money’.

Couldn’t help but share this from Cabaret –

 

Ciao for now,

VL

 


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