Why do people have nicer things than you? Well… Because the “grass” really is greener on their side of the fence… By that I mean they have implemented some pretty particular financial practices in their life that lets them buy nicer stuff. And I’m not referring to your neighbors selling MJ to the neighborhood. “Grass” doesn’t just “grow green,” it takes a copious amount of time tending to the cultivation process. Similarly, Good financial habits also take copious amount of time tending to their development.
The real question is WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT?
Understanding the true potential of money generates correct financial thoughts and ultimately leads to correct financial acts.
Let’s learn from another person’s misfortune….The 4th of July was approaching and 10 year old Kigan wished to buy fireworks. He pestered his parents to take him to the stand and eventually his persistence paid off. At the stand, Kigan began ordering the worker to get several different fireworks. His father quickly interrupted the conversation by asking how exactly was he going to pay for all of them? Kigan smiled and pulled out a wad of cash. He was planning on spending his entire savings of about $30. After a five-minute discussion about it being “his” money and convincing his father that this is really what he wanted to do with it, he bought the fireworks he wanted. Soon after they arrived home and a group of neighbor kids followed him around begging him to “light one.” For the better part of that day, Kigan felt like a king as he periodically set off a firework with his friends.
Shortly after his friends went home for the day, the reality of what had happened to his hard earned savings set in and he didn’t feel like a king anymore. The momentary satisfaction that the fireworks provided wore off. Instead, he was now wishing he could have his money back. Crying with regret, he knew that his money was literally going up in smoke and his wish, in a sense, was wasted.
Money is like a wish, and is the means to most wants and desires. In moments, money is perceived to be worth a house, a boat, a car, or even a bag of fireworks, but most often, when long-term desires are briefly forgotten and short-term wants take precedence, we wish ourselves into a counterproductive lifestyle, one dollar at a time.
So what is a good reason you have less than your neighbor…It isn’t the amount you make… It’s the simple fact that your wishes are different than theirs.
This poem is called Smart, written by Shel Silverstein is an awesome way to explain what can happen when the value of money is not correctly understood.
My dad gave me one-dollar bill
‘Cause I’m his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
‘Cause two is more than one!
And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes—I guess he don’t know
That three is more than two!
Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just ‘cause he can’t see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!
And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!
And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head—
Too proud of me to speak!
Be careful what you wish for!
TO YOUR SUCCESS!
Tyler Martineau- Author of Lifestyle of Success