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MONEY, DOES IT MATTER?
Without money how are you going to buy that lambo? How will you afford that vacation to Hawaii? How do you purchase the mansion that will make all your Instagram followers jealous? You can’t buy imported cheese and wine WITHOUT money!
Money isn’t everything.
-Every broke person ever.
Yes, money isn’t everything, it’s simply a tool. It’s the incredibly important tool that gains an individual access to food, water, shelter, clothes, and every other necessity.
There are some people who work a job who will yell, scream, and ardently try to convince you “Money isn’t important!” Don’t believe these people. If money wasn’t important why would people work 8 hours a day at jobs they dislike trading their time for money?
Recently, I received a call from my mother informing me that my dad’s health was poor. He was having trouble breathing, experiencing chest pains, and generally feeling miserable. Her voice quivered. She lamented he would leave nothing behind except debt.
My parents never learned about money. They arrived in the United States and worked factory jobs as long as they could. In my childhood I remember waking up at 6 AM just to catch a glimpse of them before they left for the day. They were trading away hours of their lives to make money.
This phone call got me thinking. No one ever taught my parents about investing, growing their wealth, or budgeting. Unfortunately, the credit card companies “taught” them about financing. They incurred an unhealthy amount of debt. Screening calls was a ritual in our household.
Imagine leaving nothing behind for your family. They are suddenly forced to carry the weight of all your debt without any of the income. Is that the legacy you want to leave?
Money isn’t everything–it’s not quality time with your family, it’s not love, and it’s not happiness. However, money is peace of mind. In many cases, that’s the greatest thing of all.
So, I’ve probably thoroughly convinced you that money is the solution to all your problems. I can see you getting ready to sprint off into the sunset to hustle hard for some extra cash. Before you work yourself into oblivion, destroy your body, and lose all your time, I have to tell you about the one other thing that’s more important than money, it’s your health!
Health > Wealth
“I always think you could be a quazillionaire and be on a deserted island surrounded by Victoria’s Secret models but if you have a sore throat, all you think about is your sore throat nothing else matters other than health.”
It’s awesome to have a fat wallet, but it’s even more enjoyable to be alive and well to enjoy it. This is why I believe health is far more important than money.
The one thing you can give to your loved ones that’s more important than money is you, your time. In most cases, if you take care of your body, eat right, and exercise you’re buying more time. Time that you can spend doing whatever you want. Make sure your health never becomes such a problem that it impedes your ability to find joy.
Billionaire Jesse Itzler said it best, if you’re sick all you’ll think about is getting better. Your cold or flu doesn’t care about the number of zeros in your bank account.
Money is important no matter what anyone tells you. It’s a tool just like any other, it all depends on how you use it. If you set some aside to help your family after you’re gone, it’s serving a wonderful purpose. In addition to being financially fit, it’s equally as significant to be physically fit. All anyone has is time, having a healthy life provides us with time to spend it with people who matter.