“Money is not a goal. It’s a process”
A few years ago I got sucked into watching something which featured Donald Trump. It wasn’t that idiotic reality show where he played God and hired and fired people, depending on their business performance. He just made an appearance.
Remember, this was before his entry into the political circus.
What intrigued me was how everyone applauded him when he came in, like he was some sort of hero. Some of the soppy looks on the people’s faces as they clapped, were sickening. These numb-skulls behaved like the sun shone out of Trump’s arse.
It’s not having money that’s admirable – perhaps enviable – but it’s more about how you obtain the money. A bank robber has money, an embezzler has money, a useless inheritee who’s never worked, has money. None of them are admirable. So why does a ruthless developer deserve such applause. He probably stomped all over ‘little people’ like you and me, to get where he is. That’s not admirable.
On the other hand, someone like Paul McCartney is a multi-billionaire and still makes, so I’ve heard, about $600 a minute, 24/7! But he is admirable. His music has brought joy to so many people, for so long, he deserves every penny. And, anyway, he puts millions towards worthy causes.
Too many times I’ve heard people say “I wish I had money”. But people who wish for money rarely get it or they never have enough. You can bet that Donald Trump and Paul McCartney didn’t wish for money, nor was money the goal of their work.
Money is not a goal. It’s a process, and wealthy people are often not happy. Money is a form of energy that results from either clever business acumen, or from providing something worthwhile. If people wished for and worked for the actual bottom line goals they desired, then they would be far more likely to succeed. And if money was part of the process to achieving those goals, then money would come. But surely, the bottom line for all of us, the really bottomest bottom line is – to be happy with your life.
Wish for that.