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The fact that most of us would change dramatically what we are doing when we get more money points to the fact that money plays a big role in determining what we're doing today! But is this the way it should be?
Recap: We're looking at four important money principles that we'll most likely never learn from home or school or the workplace. Last week we learnt principle #1: 'Free Your Heart'. The critical issue when it comes to money is who you serve, God or Mammon. We did an assessment test and realized that hoarders, spenders and avoiders look very different on the outside but are all driven by fear about money. Today we want to talk about principle #2 which is 'Never Work For Money'
Why Most People Work For Money
Conditioning - We too are conditioned to get safe jobs. Most of our parent's greatest criterion what we should study was our ability to get a job that would make the most money! Perhaps you felt you wanted to study something else but your parents pushed back! Understandably, many did this out of love. Some employers reinforce this by giving loans to buy cars etc and keep you unable to leave your job. As a result of such conditioning, many people are defined by their jobs and their paycheck and can't imagine doing anything else. The world has domesticated their dreams. 'now you get your 2nd degree'... Too many people are doing jobs that don't fit their strengths or talents and yet are terrified to do something different.
Survival Thinking - So many people are trapped in jobs they don't enjoy or that don't have any meaning for them because they don't have enough money right now or because their families are too dependent on them. Their thinking process is that one day, when they eventually have enough money, they will eventually do the things they want to do. If you're predominantly a Hoarder -- you'll never have enough to feel secure; if you're predominantly a Spender -- you'll never save enough to feel you can take a risk; if you're predominantly an Avoider -- you're so overwhelmed by money that you may risk leaving what you're doing but not from wisdom but from refusing to deal with reality.
The real issue underlying both our conditioning and survival thinking is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of losing control and (very importantly for us Africans) fear of poverty. Many of us are just one generation away from poverty; it's snapping at our heels and we're sprinting hard to ensure it doesn't catch up with us! No wonder then we get trapped in the rat race and end up working for money! But what's the alternative?
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