There’s an old saying that a lot of people learn in their youth, “Time is money”. This statement holds a lot of sentimental value and a majority of people model their life around this mentality. In America, and many other countries, money is a very important part of your life, whether you like to believe it or not, you need money to survive. Something that a lot of people don’t realize, however, is that money is pretty much infinite. There is no limit to how much money you can possibly make. It doesn’t matter if you make $10 per hour or $100 per hour, you can always make more. The thing that does have a limit, however is time.
Time is something that everybody has, and they only have a certain amount. Some people have more time than others, but eventually they will die. There are ways you can extend your life on earth, like eating healthy and exercising regularly. Having a longer life does give you more time to earn more money and be able to leave more money for your family after you die.
Monetary value is a very important part of your life, but is by far not the most important. The most important thing in your life should be your goals and dreams and what you aspire to be. Whether you want to be a big time, hot shot lawyer or a small time mechanic or anything in between. Doing what you love is the best thing that can happen to your career. Anybody can became successful, as long as you change what you define as successful. Doing what you love, enjoying the people you work with, having free time to do extra things and having the money to fulfill your hobbies. That is what a lot of people define as success. Some people will even argue that having more money is detrimental to their happiness.
Now, how can you be sure that you can be happy with the amount of money that you make? The answer to this is pretty easy, but a lot of people don’t like to stick to this because it can be difficult sometimes. The answer is budgeting. Budgeting is a pretty simple thing to do, but not many people take the time to do it properly and follow through with it. Following through with your budget is always the hardest thing to do because you always want to over spend on some things but under spend on others. This isn’t always a bad thing, but for the most part your budget should be followed pretty religiously.
Once you have your budget all planned out and are following through with it, you should start having money left over every month. This money should go into either a savings account or a spending account if you already have a budget for your savings account. This money is all yours to spend with no true meaning for what it’s supposed to go to. You can save this money to buy a car, house, boat, or use it at the casino. Whatever you do with this money, make sure that it makes you happy.
This money should, however, benefit you in the long run. A majority of people think that long term benefits usually means investing in stocks, but what they don’t realize is that there are much more important things than just money. Experiences are something that a lot of people don’t realize are just as important as materialistic things. In fact, experiences should mean more than buying that new car or boat. Experiences mean you enjoy both your time and your money, whereas buying that expensive item just means that you enjoy your money.
Once you learn how to budget, it is time to learn how to make the money that you want to truly be happy. This amount of money will differ for everybody. Some people can live on minimum wage and be happy, while others can make millions or billions every year and still not be happy. A lot of people are somewhere in between these two extreme examples, but this goes to show that everybody is different. There are very few people that are unhappy making millions of dollars, but it can happen if they have all this money and don’t know what to do with it. Having too much money to deal with is actually a problem for some people, and they can miss the struggle of having to go each day in order to survive in the lifestyle that they live in.
Another problem that people have is that they don’t invest in themselves. They get all of this money, and don’t do anything about it to make themselves happier. They usually just take that money and invest it into more money. What they should instead be doing is investing that money in themselves. You can invest in yourself by going to school, going on vacation, learning more about something you are interested in. Not everything has to be about earning more money. However, you should always be interested in gaining knowledge.
Knowledge is the key to everything, whether that be in the business world, or the art world. Having knowledge is extremely vital. You should have knowledge of the things that you want to achieve in life, and you should have the knowledge to learn how to take the steps to achieving what you want in life. The ultimate goal in life is to be happy with what you do. If you can’t achieve what you want to earn in life, then you need to change what you want to achieve or at least break it down into smaller steps. Smaller goals are easier to achieve than larger goals, and eventually all of the small goals will end up larger than the original large goal.
In conclusion, there are lots of ways to be successful and happy. Money isn’t the only way that you can be successful and happy. Even though money is extremely important in today’s society, it does not always lead to happiness. You can be just as happy working at a low paying job as you would working a high paying job. The only difference would be the number at the side of your check. Success is a mindset that changes based on the kind of person you are. Do everything in your power to make yourself as successful as you want to be.