“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”
We hear people say this all the time, “Money is the root of all evil,” but is it true?
It is true. At least to the people that speak it. It’s true for them because their words become their beliefs. It’s true for them because they believe it.
When we are conditioned to believe something from a young age we tend to find examples to back up those beliefs, and if we are determined to prove our point we will find many examples to back it up.
We should prefer to focus on the good things money does for people. How could money be the root of all evil? Money is paper. It’s a fiat currency.
Some people, very few, but some people may have intentions that might be considered evil, but money in itself is nothing. It is neither good or bad.
What we do with money may be considered good or bad. Some of the richest people in the world are the most giving. Donating huge percentages of their income, salary and stock options to charities, non-profits, churches, businesses, investment opportunities and those who are in need.
Ironically, those that say money is evil most often do not give even a portion of their money away. Moreover, the majority of people who say money is the root of all evil buy lottery tickets and enter every money competition on earth…
So, hypothetically, what if they won? Would they become evil too?
Another one of my favorites is, “The rich got there by stepping on others to get there.” Or, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer” because the rich are “greedy shits”, right? Nonetheless, we aren’t going down that rabbit hole.
It couldn’t be that the rich got rich by providing enormous amounts of value to others, could it?
Let’s look at Oprah Winfrey as an example. She’s one of the richest females on the planet. She earned her money because of her deep care for other human beings not from her relentless search for millions of more dollar bills.
She’s not ripping people off, she’s been constantly improving millions of lives through her work, and has done so for years. She’s rewarded for it, and she continues to give back. She truly understands the mentality of give to get.
What about Tony Robbins? Tony and his family grew up in severe financial circumstances in North Hollywood, California. His mom and family were often unable to put food on the table. However, due to the generosity of someone he never met before, his family was fed one year at Thanksgiving.
Based on this sole act of kindness Tony decided to dedicate his life to helping others. Last year alone, Tony’s charity and organization Feeding America fed over 100,000,000 people that couldn’t afford a meal. That my friends is the power of money.
That is money put to use for good. It’s important those without don’t generalize those with money. It’s important those who don’t have money, don’t talk negatively about it, because the more negative we get toward a subject, the less likely we will ever have it.
The bottom line is everyone can do far better for themselves and for others with money.
Money can be used for great or desired for all the wrong reasons. I recommend we all choose to have money and I also recommend we choose to do good with it. What do you choose?
As you sit there and think, consider a few of these questions:
- What is your relationship with money like?
- What beliefs do we have around money?
- Is it hard to come by?
- Is it evil?
- Do we create money for the benefit of any others?
- When was the last time you gave money away?
Ironically, the phrase “Money is the root of all evil” is a misquote from the original, which was “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil” two very different meanings, one created by someone with a very negative belief towards money and the other with an optimistic belief.
Choose to love money because the love for what money can do for those in need on this planet is gratifying. For some, I hope beliefs and systems around money change. The change will be good. It’s that some people are never really ready for change.
In closing, it’s about the lifestyle and freedom money can provide once it’s taken out of the equation. Life is one very long game. Money and what we do with it is simply how we keep score. Have you ever sat down to think what that would look like for yourself? Please take the time to do so. You’ll never regret it!
My Very Best,