Mo money, mo problems?

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by Antonio Thornton on Sunday, September 9, 2007

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I remember a rap song that talked about the more money you make, the more problems you have…geez. Talk about negative visualization. Who would want to make more money with this type of consequence attached to it?

My philosophy is that the more money you make, the more responsibility you have. You cannot be the same person at 50 million per year as you were at 50K per year. That’s why most lottery winners lose their money so quickly after they win it. They don’t get the added responsibility, and they lose the money by being irresponsible.

Never stop yourself from gaining money by deciding it will cause you problems. Instead, prepare for that money to be yours -with positive expectation. You may not have it yet, but the best way to see it come to you is to become a person who is ready for that responsibility.

Think about the way your life would change if you had the money, not in a ‘cool I’m going shopping’ kind of way, but think of the added responsibility you would have with that money and how you would deal with that added responsibility.

Money can be power. Many people consider money as a way to control other people. That is not the way to go, and will not bring you positive returns. Instead, consider money as a power to help people, better the world around you, and make a difference.

Money can be freedom. Instead of looking at money as the way to allow you to ‘do nothing’, look at money as the way for you to do the things you’ve always wanted to do…travel, skiing, rock climbing, giving, etc.

Money can be a from of self expression. Don’t look at money as the end…look at it as the means to fully express yourself to the world.

These are more empowering ways to view money.

Practical Application

Imagine being given a million bucks. What would you do with it?

Really think about this. Make a list of exactly what you would do with the money, if you’d spend it, what you would spend it on, if you’d save some, how much and why?

After you complete your list and the whole million is accounted for, look back at that list.

Did you account for the money in a responsible manner?

Really look at the decisions you made, could you have been a little more responsible with the money?

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