Sunday, August 3, 2014

Keep Your Eye On The Money

There seems to be this misconception regarding many of my growth strategies that money is not important. This is simply not true. 

In fact, since I tend to draw parallels with what I do to gardening, I'm inclined to say that I place an emphasis on planting seeds in fertile soil (knowledge of who you are) in order to yield abundant crops (the things that provide fulfillment). Money is a part of that harvest.

Because experience and research has taught me that money doesn't make people happy,  I've centered my practice, philosophies, and strategies on empowering others with the insights and tools that enable them to have fulfilling lives. Money in this this context is equal to prosperity (i.e., wealth with meaning).

Money becomes more important in the absence of meaning in one's life. Studies show that money has more influence on reducing happiness when it prevents one from crossing the threshold of poverty. Conversely, it has little affect on increasing happiness when one makes more than $75,000 per year (in most places in the US).

With this in mind, the philosophy that I share with clients and with students is to keep your eye on the money (awareness of how much you need based on your own standards and desires), but keep your mind on the things that matter most in your life and career. With this philosophy, the money is not only in sight, but also within reach.

1 comment:

  1. That sets a level of growth which is quite appreciable and at the same levels thinking of what helps us overall keeps things in a good manner for me most of the times in a good way.