On Money

There are two ways to be rich—to get everything you want, or to want everything you have.

It doesn’t matter how much money or how many possessions you’re talking about, the same rule applies to everyone.

Believe it or not, there are people who earn $100k salaries but live pay check to pay check (I have met them). These are people who are deeply unhappy even though they can afford to buy anything they want. What they don’t realise is that it’s not about how much you have, it’s about how much you appreciate what you already have.

The key here is gratitude. This part of minimalism is often forgotten about. You’re not getting rid of stuff because it looks neater, or because it’s fashionable. You do it because:

  1. With fewer things, you appreciate each thing more.
  2. You don’t spend as much time and energy working to buy more things, instead you use your resources on things that matter.

There is nothing wrong with working or having money. Money is a tool for freedom, and for people to do great things. It is not the root of all evil, rather it’s a magnifier that makes you more of who you are. If you’re already unhappy and selfish, you’ll be more unhappy and selfish with lots of money. If you’re content and kind, you’ll be more content and kind with lots of money.

So, you want to be rich? Good news, there is such thing as a ‘get rich quick scheme’. The secret is to be grateful for everything you already have. You’ll be richer than any millionaire.

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3 thoughts on “On Money

  1. Hi Jessica,

    Good post, but I am not really agree with you about the following statement: ‘You don’t spend as much time and energy working to buy more things’. Nowadays, lots of people have to work just for affording a place to live in and buying food to eat and it does nothing to do with working for getting money to buy stuff. Just my opinion.

    1. Hi Cèsar, thank you for your interesting comment. I definitely agree that there are people who are just getting by, or have genuine financial needs that they’re working to fulfil, but I also think there are (probably even more) people who are working to be able to afford things they don’t genuinely need, at least in the UK/US and first world countries. In a world where there are six billion people who live on less than $13,000 per year (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/03/age-of-man/map-interactive), most of our needs are manufactured by societal expectations, and our own inability to ignore them. Some of us, including myself, could definitely afford to either work less, or be more generous with our money.

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