This blog took a different direction earlier in the year. It went from a bit of fashion and creativity, to an examination of some of the things in this world that I didn’t understand. Mainly careers and money. To work in a job I didn’t enjoy, where I didn’t feel valued, to earn money to get into debt, to buy a house, to therefore be even more reliant on this job where I wasn’t valued, seemed crazy to me. I couldn’t get my head around the game of money and this life-long game called a job. It was never about a fear of working hard, but I definitely feared spending years working hard on a product or service that I didn’t really believe in. So, like all researchers, I started to examine some of my biggest questions.
It is lovely to realise, that slowly but surely, it is all starting to make more sense – the more I read, the more I examine, the more I ask myself the right questions, the more I understand. Of course, I intend to share all that I have learned and curate all that I have read and watched in a way that I hope anyone can understand. No MBA required.
One of the biggest gems of wisdom I have come across in regards to money, is the scarcity mindset. This mindset is the reason someone who earns five million can feel as stressed by money and fearful of its lack as someone earning $50,000 a year. This mindset is the reason that even with a pay rise of 50 million, they would still worry that it wasn’t enough. This may seem crazy, but I have experienced this firsthand in my own life. I was recently promoted and this promotion came with a decent pay rise. I had been living sufficiently on my previous wage and decided that I would save most of my new pay rise. Sure enough, two months on and I am now completely reliant on nearly every cent of this wage. My income went up, but so did my spending.
It occurred to me that no matter how much I earn, if I don’t create a mindset of resourcefulness and sufficiency, I will never have enough. The illusive ‘if I just had this much I would be happy’ thought would keep true appreciation just out of my grasp.
Forgive me in advance, the following few sentences are laced full with trite…
No matter how much we earn, if we are not emotionally wealthy, we will never truly appreciate what we have, or use it wisely. If we don’t create a mindset of appreciation, while still striving for our dreams, we will spend most of our life feeling as though we are just not quite where we should be, regardless of our pay rises.
On Wednesday, I will discuss a book I have been reading about the scarcity mindset, money, foreign aid and the worlds economy – how a simple shift in thinking can not only invite more money in, but fulfilment. Ok, I won’t say simple change, we are talking about years of wired belief systems. But I think it is worth your awareness.
Until Wednesday, read the following foxnews.com article titled 15 Traits of Emotionally Wealthy People. If you can master these traits, and they can be developed for free, then you will be wealthier than any emotionally immature millionaire. Rather than aspiring to acquire wealth, aspire to sing wealth from every cell in your body.
Much love xxxx
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