Money - The Currency of Unhappy People
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received an email last week - from someone that I do not know and never
heard of - asking me to promote his new book to you, my readers and viewers.
Being completely open to what can happen on the spur of the moment, I
had a good look at the pre-launch information that he sent me because,
even though the book's title referred to making a whole heap of more income,
he told me that his definition of income was all the things that "come
in" to your life - an idea that is close to my heart. But his publicity
material spoke of flashy new cars, that condo on the coast, that ocean
going yacht and you simply swimming in oodles of money.
Well, I'm kinda getting sick of the human obsession with money and getting
even sicker with the way self-styled gurus prey on ordinary people's obsession
with having loads and loads of money. I'm getting sick of the bawdy money-focused
antics of some of personal development's great and good - did you know,
for example, that there are personal development websites where you can
print off copies of cheques from the Universal Bank, right yourself one
for a couple of million dollars, stick on your fridge and, lo and behold,
the money will simply arrive? Did you know that you can actually purchase,
online, fake million dollar bills, stick them to your fridge and the real
thing will arrive of its own free will? Give me a break - money is a reward
for energy appropriately invested - you've got to do something of value
to earn appropriately.
I've chosen my words very carefully because, we all know, there are people
out there who do have lots and lots of money who have made it at others'
expense. The problem is that we've all been led to believe that we can
all live that dream - or, perhaps, more to the point, the American Dream
that turned out to be the American Nightmare. You know what I'm talking
about - just as the likes of the Richard Fuld of Lehman Brothers, Sean
FitzPatrick of Anglo-Irish Bank, President Barack Obama, Gordon Brown.
More to the point, just ask ordinary taxpayers from Iceland to Greece,
from Portugal to Ireland - or just ask those who are euphemistically referred
to as the "new poor" in America - people who have lost their businesses
and their homes - just ask the guys who are sleeping in their SUVs in
parking lots in Santa Barbara at night.
The obsession with money is no gold-encrusted highway, it's a minefield
simply waiting to explode in your face. And, as long as you're obsessed
with the pursuit of money, you will not be happy. First of all, you'll
never have enough of the damn stuff, secondly, you will do things for
it to which, in the cold light of day, a conscientious objector might
find offensive. You will put your energy into money and forget about putting
your energy into living.
You don't need a whole heap of money to be happy and successful. Sure,
you might think you do because that has generally become the modern mantra
when it comes to defining success. But look at the research - from eminent
psychologists such as Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and the work done by the
University of Chicago and the University of Milan as detailed in Csikszentmihalyi's
ground-breaking book "Flow". There are people working on production lines
- you know the places that normal people want to escape from to become
successful - who are some of the most effective, happiest and successful
on God's earth. There are what the slick executive would describe as peasant
farmers living in the Aosta valley - it happens to be just the other side
of Mont Blanc from where I'm sitting writing this article - who have a
simple but full, rewarding and effortlessly happy existence. As I've said
to many of my clients, the average age of someone dying in my own village
this side of Mont Blanc must be close to one hundred years old. They have
everything that they could wish for in their lives and they simply wouldn't
know the meaning of stress.
Life is not about money - life is about living. It may sound obvious but
it doesn't appear to be obvious to the vast majority of people in this
crazy world of ours (at least, in the so-called development world of ours).
You've got to start putting the quality of your life first - I mean the
quality of your life now, not when you go on holidays, not when you look
forward to the weekend, not as you look longingly out of your office window
and wish you were on the golf course. Now is what matters. If you think
that you don't have enough money now, that thought will ensure that you
never will, because you'll never be focused in the only place and time
where you can be appropriately rewarded for an investment of your precious
energy - in the here and now.
Willie Horton enables his clients live their dream - since
he launched his acclaimed Personal Development
Seminars in 1996. His clients include major corporations: Pfizer, Deloitte,
Nestle, Wyeth, KPMG, G4S & Allergan. An Irishman, he lives in the French
Alps and travels the world as a much sought after speaker and mentor. In
2008 he launched Gurdy.Net home to his Online
Personal Development Seminars, Change Your Life & No More Stress
Published - November 2010
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