Our culture loves to demonize money.
You’ve heard the expressions hundreds of times. “Money is the root of all evil. Money can’t buy happiness. More money, more problems.”
Be honest. When you see someone with a Lamborghini, what do you think? Wow, that’s flashy. Must be nice. Must love attention.
On the other hand, when is the last time you donated money? How much was it? Do you wish you could have given more?
I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the wealthiest people in the world, and what I have found is that money does not change people, it amplifies their existing traits. Some of the nicest people I have ever met were also some of the wealthiest. Incredibly kind, charitable and compassionate. On the flip side, how many mean,, condescending, and stingy people do we know that don’t have money but love to criticize how other people spend theirs?
You can either allow money to control you, or you can control money and use it as a tool. Changing our mindset around money and wealth is a critical step toward financial freedom.
One of my favorite quotes is:
This quote is exactly why we, at Driven, focus so intently on what drives you?
Along with general peace of mind, money gives you time, flexibility, allows you to take care of your family and to help others. Money can allow you to do tremendous GOOD.
Andy Frisella talks about how social media has changed the morality of money. In the “olden days”, if you had exceptional marketing you could get away with selling a bad product and still make money before news got out that you were a fraud. Exactly where we derive our image of the sleazy salesman. Social media has crippled these peddlers. Sell garbage today, and you will get assaulted on any of the major social platforms until you’re out of business. There is no more hiding behind a bad product and hoping word doesn’t get out in time. The word is instantaneous.
Therefore, in order to become wealthy in this new information era, you have to be providing exceptional value. You are on permanent display both publicly and privately. You need to go over the top for your customers, and provide such incredible service that your customers are singing your praises and recruiting new followers. The climb to the top is no longer about stepping on throats and ruthlessly pushing others out of the way.
Have we entered an era where gaining wealth may actually have the opposite signaling effect on a person’s morals? Could we begin to see the wealthy as people we can all aspire to be, not just for their riches, but also for their character?
I am optimistic that this will be the case. It starts with Driven people like you, who are ready to take control of their financial futures. Let’s change the mindset and embrace the morality of money and the way money can be used to improve your life and the lives of others.
If you’re ready to put a plan in place to achieve the moral wealth you envision, please give us a call today and schedule your discovery meeting.