Attention! If money is your why, you are going to want to continue reading this article because, more than likely, you are making one of the biggest mistakes you could ever make in life. To sum it up in a nutshell of why money can’t be your why: you will lose, and lose big, every single time.
That’s the short version, but if you still aren’t convinced, keep reading to find out just how much you actually risk losing when money is your only motivator and motivation.
Now, before your feathers get ruffled and you deem me as being rather insensitive to the current global pandemic, let me clarify the context in which I am referencing. In no way am I minimizing the fact that millions of people are in a real financial crisis right now. During this time, it is understandable why money may be your one and only reason for doing whatever you must do. In a state of emergency, all that matters is having the means to feed your family and keep a roof over your head. It is, however, this very crisis that brings me to the main point which is explaining why money can not and, overall, should not be your why. It’s impossible for money to make you happy.
Reality Check: Money can not make you happy
Is Money Your Why?
So, what is your why? You know, the reason you rise each morning and tackle the day? If you can’t answer that question, then there’s work to do. If you lack a solid reason for doing what you do on a daily basis, you lack motivation; and if you lack motivation, you are just going through the motions. On another hand, if your answer to the above question is simply to make money, then you are still missing the mark.
First off, you will lose motivation if you don’t make the desired amount of money quick enough. The next reason is if you are only pursuing a goal to chase money, you actually stand a chance of losing money because your reason isn’t good enough to sustain you. If you have invested any amount of money into a cause that you do not wholeheartedly believe in, you will eventually lose interest and throw in the towel.
Not only will you lose money, but you will definitely lose motivation without a true purpose for what you are doing. You will lose focus because of your lack of motivation; you may even lose friends, but more importantly, you may lose yourself. It’s just not worth it to make money the main reason you do anything.
When you make money your why, the core of who you are can easily get lost in the shuffle of chaotic thought patterns that come as a result of the inability to figure out why things aren’t working out as you may have envisioned.
Now, there are exceptions where you may make a lot of money in a short period of time; however, without having a true purpose of why you should continue to chase the money, there is a high chance that you may see the money disappear just as quickly as it appeared.
All of us want to make money. I don’t know a single person that doesn’t desire to have money or more of it in their bank account; not one. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have money because it makes life easier. It allows you a certain level of freedom that you can only wish for when money is scarce.
When someone has to live without enough money to make ends meet, it can create a pocket of desperation that, more or less, dictates that person’s actions, resulting in poor decision making. I personally, have been there, done that.
This desperation affects every other area of your life, which is why money becomes so many people’s reason for doing what they do, even if they hate what they do. This applies to the millions of people who, for example, hate their jobs or the relationship they are in. They stay because they do not believe they can make it without a particular financial source.
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If you hate your life because you are always short on money (robbing Peter to pay Paul), and you hate your job, then it is a good chance that it may be time to find your new why because money can’t be it. Again, you will lose every single time.
Find Your Why
The key to living a fulfilling life, despite the rough patches that will inevitably show up in life, it to figure out in what areas you excel. Figuring out what you are good at, and taking whatever steps are necessary to actually operate in those areas while providing a service to others, is by far the best gift you can give yourself.
Getting up day after day doing something you hate is no way to live. I know from personal experience that walking in your purpose, doing what you love, and getting paid to do it, while at the same time, making a positive impact on the world is very fulfilling and is incomparable to anything else.
There have been times in my life that I was guilty of taking jobs out of desperation only to end up miserable in those positions. There have also been times in which I made the decision to do what I’m gifted in and flourished. There was a vast difference in how I felt in each of these scenarios.
When you do what you love to do because it comes naturally, you will excel in that area. When your why is bigger than money, such as having the desire to take care of your family and leaving behind a legacy for your children’s children, and you are intentional in the steps you are taking to ensure that you begin to operate in your gift, you will feel and know that your life has meaning and makes a difference.
If you want to live a life that is full of joy, the kind that money can never give you, find your mission in life. The money is sure to follow.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to share them in the comments below.