What does it really mean to stop chasing money or you’ll never get rich?
So I’ve heard this a million times and to chase your passion blah blah. I have turned this quote over and over in my head, what does this really mean? I chase money and it is my biggest dream in life to become really successful as my biggest passion is cars and I want to be able to own and work on any car I wish.
I am perfectly happy and grateful with who I am and what I have. However, I always see myself chasing money as I want to own and experience those cars I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid. So why would chasing money be bad?
I’m about to tell you why chasing money is not necessarily a bad thing and what they really mean by not chasing money.
Chasing money itself is not a bad thing.
Lets get that straight.
Now, if you really want to be wealthy, it will hurt you being wealthy.
Simply because chasing money is like chasing sex.
Yes, we’ll get some sex by chasing it.
Though what could we do to get more of it, from a higher quality person we want to truly be with?
By exchanging something of value for it.
And no, I’m not talking about money.
Sometimes money can be exchanged for it, though those transactions are usually not good in the long run, like chasing money.
What I mean by exchanging something of value for sex means instead of focusing specifically on getting sex, we focus on becoming a great person an awesome partner would want to be with.
The person who would be giving us the sex, would be giving it instead out of love and basic need to reproduce and connect with us on a deeper level.
What we get is sex, we become better people, and we have a better relationship at the same time.
There are easy ways to get sex, paying for it or lying for it, though in the long run it doesn’t play very well.
Money works the same way.
We can “try” to get a million dollars by trying to get 1 dollar from a million people (chain letters, lies, faking it) or we could give value to a million people and ask for a dollar in return.
Chasing money itself means we are chasing something that is ONLY an exchange of value.
Paper money has no value, only the value we give to it (and soon enough it will be worthless in many countries, think hyper inflation in Zimbabwe, or some countries I have visited, Vietnam – which actually has a functioning currency, though they will run into their own problems soon, too much money printing with NO VALUE BEHIND IT, hint hint, USA and other countries).
So when a person says don’t chase money, it means don’t chase it because it has no value! Yes we could use bad means to get it, though those don’t last and we’ll eventually be found out.
But if we had tons of clients giving us money because of the value we provide for them, we are not chasing money, but instead thinking of what we can do for other people.
Back to sex. Sex can be exchanged for money, it has it’s own value to different people.
Some people won’t sell sex for money, though they’ll sell it for company, for dinner, for many other things.
Though remember, it’s just a medium of exchange, if you think of it like economics, it’s a give and take world.
Now, to add one more layer to this, if we focus on contributing to make another person’s life better AND our own at the same time, we don’t need to chase money.
Win/Win situations, as much as they are talked about, is what we should focus on.
Is my employer fairly paying me and am I contributing a lot of value? We can work together to make both more true.
Are my clients getting a ton of value from the work I’m producing or am I trying to cut corners and time because they’ll pay me anyway?
This is jumping into the realm of abundance and scarcity, which is another ball game.
Just to sum it up with abundance and scarcity.
People who usually chase money, live in a world of scarcity (there is not enough resources).
People who usually chase giving value to other people AND themselves, live in a world of abundance (there is more then enough resources, lets build this together!).
This is a pretty long message for your question. Does this make sense?