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Money

Money
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Money is a resource. It is just one of the many in our lives. Its popularity and grown to become the most common and useful medium of exchange in our society in today’s world.

 

MEDIUM OF EXCHANGE

Allow me to clarify: You work for a company and get paid a salary in exchange for your time, energy, knowledge, and output. You then use the salary to buy different products and subscribe to a variety of services. Another way of looking at this is: you are selling your time, skills and talent for money to the company you work for. With that medium, you purchase goods and services supporting your current lifestyle.

THE REASONS

The popularity of Money is driven by many reasons all attributed to its functionality:

  • Portable – Easy to carry;
  • Easy to be store – Made from lightweight material and multiple denominations;
  • Convenient for counting – Can be subdivided to the closest sen.

With the advancement of technology, the convenience above is greatly aided. The invention of debit cards, credit cards, online payment gateways, and prepaid cards reduce the need to physically bring Money. By using payment gateway, we can even pay or receive from someone on the other side of the world!

MOVING FORWARD OR ACTUALLY REVERSING BACKWARDS?

Money has allowed us to accomplish and achieve our dreams and realize our plans. Yet many see Money not as a tool, but the end. Focusing on having more money instead of using it to get to know, understand, and achieve our ultimate purpose of life is like working hard to collect all the fire wood but not burning it to cook or keep warm. That is when we false attribute success with money.

THE ONLY RESOURCE FOR LIFE

Money can take us from where we are to where we want to go. It’s like driving a car. Just because our car is in the workshop does not mean we cannot move about. We need to identify and make use of alternatives.

Therefore we must always remember that our lives are filled with other resources besides Money. When someone take Money as the sole resource in life, they are actually limiting themselves.

OTHER RESOURCES IN LIFE

What other resources, or treasures, are there in life? What else can we use to help us achieve our goals, plans and dreams?

Time
Relationship
Talent
Skill
Network
Power
Money
Health
Knowledge
Fame
Information
Things

COUNT YOUR BLESSING

It’s not uncommon for us to complain about how little money we have. This scenario has been the punchline for many jokes. Some would even argue “how else are we supposed to pay our bills?” Rising cost of living combined with seeing others with deep pockets spend like no tomorrow is not helping. Our fears of tomorrow may even paralyse us; keeping us awake in late at night. Always remember that money is a means to an end; and there are other means that we already have. Sit down and count those blessings. You may find that you have an abundance of those blessings that can also accelerate your journey.

UNDERSTAND YOUR LIFE’S PLAN

Finally, I encourage you to work hard in knowing what do you really want to archive for life. What is your ultimate life plan? What is your purpose in life? Clarity may illuminate the path of least resistance, or alternatives, to reaching that goal. As for me, spreading the message of “Driving wealth for life, but not to be driven by wealth” is my life’s purpose. At the same time I can spend time being with the people that I love, who in turn love me, is my ultimate life plan.

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