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Money is Not the Answer

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That’s got to sound ironic coming from someone who believes whole-heartedly in the benefits of being rich. Forget about getting out of debt, paying bills, buying nice things, etc. That stuff’s great, but at the end of it all you’re not going to give a damn about your credit rating. Money’s the last thing on your mind in that moment, I would imagine.

Money can reduce the stress of living, but it can bring just as much if not more anxiety. I’ve gone through my cycles of accumulating and losing money, getting more and losing it again. The money wasn’t burning a hole in my pocket. I just had a big hole in my pocket and didn’t bother to sew it up. That hole represented something in my mental blueprint that kept me from being stable with money. There was nothing wrong with the money.

On the other hand, people without money often think if they just had enough to do this or that, then things would be better. While that may be true, what happens when the mind goes into ‘Only if …’ consistently? That’s exactly what you get … ‘only if.’

‘This will only happen if…’

All of a sudden nothing’s happening and you don’t even know or remember that rule you created. In business that thinking often translates into “It takes money to make money.” No! If you have money it can certainly grow more money, but it doesn’t take money to make money. It takes creativity to make money.

Throwing money at a problem is disaster! In business there’s no such thing as a money problem. That problem grew out of somewhere else. You want to fix the root of the problem. If you throw money at a business problem, you’ll have the same business problem for the rest of your life and no money. Creativity and knowledge are the answers, not money.

It’s also not logical to blame money for people’s shortcomings, or the world’s for that matter. Obviously there are people that are rich and greedy, but there are poor people who are greedy and there are middle class people who are greedy. There are rich, poor, and middle-class people who are generous. There are rich, poor and average income people who can be both generous and greedy, depending on the stress they’re going through at any given time.

To say rich people are greedy as a blanket statement is just as unfair as saying poor people are lazy. I’ve met many a hard-working poor person who just hadn’t yet turned the corner on working smarter instead of just harder.

Money can’t be the root of all evil. Envy, jealousy, and greed—all based on fear of not having or getting enough of something we want—pre-dated currency (think about the story of Cain and Able). It’s a part of what it means for us to be human.

If money isn’t the cause of all that’s wrong, it’s not going to be the cure either. It’s not the answer. It’s the fruit of our expansion—or lack thereof—beyond ourselves and of the impact we’re having on the world. What we choose to do with that is a result of who we choose to be, not because of money.

 

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17 thoughts on “Money is Not the Answer”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I've found that the issue really isn’t about money. Money is just one of the ways that energy manifests in physical form. The issue is about how you are wielding your own personal power and radiating it out into the world. If you want to heal your relationship with money, you have to heal your relationship to your own power.

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  2. Money is the outcome of serving others well.

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  3. June36 says:

    Nothing wrong with money–It's the LOVE OF MONEY that is the root of all evil.

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  4. Joseph Maina says:

    Yea harv i a agree that its not what you take from this world when you leave this world behind its what you leave behind you when you go.
    That's legacy and decency which creates a heritage,thanks.

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  5. Ah Huann says:

    o gosh~ there're still little voices between my ears telling me “money is everything! money is everything!”

    Harv help! going to your MMI seminar in Malaysia soon! can't wait to go there & learn from u!

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  6. Great: “What we choose to do with that is a result of who we choose to be, not because of money.” THX T. Harv Eker!

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  7. Brilliant.  “In business there's no such thing as a money problem.”  Now those are words to start a revolution, one I am joining.  Creativity, intuition, clarity, collaboration, and the most precious, I believe, currency of all.

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  8. Great article, thanks for this. I will use the info from this as an argument to those who say that it takes money to make money and that money is a root of all evil. This is just the knowledge I needed to get.
    Greg

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  9. Totally agree with you Harv!

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  10. Broderick says:

    One of the things I've played with this year is going after what I want despite how much money I have.  It's been fun, and it's also of shown me my own power.

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  11. Anne says:

    It's one of the things that was very apparent from my Peaks training Harv – you talk about money but you teach about life. Still use those skills frequently and often.

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  12. Red Denal says:

    Money is important

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  13. Red Denal says:

    Money is important but it's not the ultimate solution.

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  14. Hugo Perez says:

    Loved your post Harv, I'll start applying my creativity to get more money. As it doesn't take money to make money. I completely agree with your position, entirely true!

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  15. Kent says:

    One human mindset is everything. It is human mindset generate money.

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  16. BK says:

    Indeed, money is not the root to all evil as the saying goes. In fact money is a neutral medium. To a kind person, that money will go on to do many good for others but to a bad person, that money will go on to do more harm to others. Thus money is not and has never been the root of all evil; it is the greed for money and the jealousy which evolves from the greed that is the root to all evil.

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