I’d be a fool to say people don’t need any money, but how much money do we really need? I guess that question can be answered based on what a person values most in life. If you have always dreamed of having a fancy home, a nice car, and crave all the latest gadgets, you’re going to need more cash flow than someone who does not desire such possessions.
You’ve heard the saying, “You can’t take it with you when you go.” That certainly doesn’t stop our culture from wanting desperately to keep up with ‘the Joneses’. Simplicity is frowned upon in today’s society, leading many to assume the amount and value of your material possessions most often reflects your intellect and social status.
Can anyone be wealthy?
Absolutely! But if you are not blessed with financial abundance, trying to obtain such a lifestyle could take a lifetime, depending on how you approach it.
So, why do so many people struggle with their finances?
Simply put, people value the materialistic possessions more than the money itself. Otherwise, fat piggy banks would be the norm! Of course most people would love to have an abundance of cash. However, people that are financially challenged can more often tell you what items they would like to acquire than blurt out a cash goal they would like to reach in their lifetime. Furthermore, it is human nature to shy away from anything that causes pain or discomfort, and instead, pursue things that offer instant gratification, comfort, and a sense of accomplishment.
The irony with this mindset is that even though people actually obtain these possessions through loan debts, because most purchases depreciate over time, these possessions commence a downward spiral of compounding debt, hopelessness, and a lost sense of purpose.
Remember, some of the greatest pleasures in life can’t be bought. In the end, a truly fulfilled life is about strong relationships, loving with passion, and how we helped one another to make the world a better place. Money is merely a means to an end.