Up until this point in my life, I’ve had to uncover a lot of lies. It first started when I learned that there was in fact no plump old man who came down my chimney every year to give me presents. Then, there was the time where I learned that my ex’s study partner Chris was in fact a Christopher and not a Christine — I’m sure you can put the dots together there. However, while those lies were bad, none compare to some of the money lies we’ve been led to believe and if you ask me here are the three that are the most sinister!
Lie #1: Money Doesn’t Make You Happy
We’ve all heard the saying that money doesn’t make you happy and that the best things in life are free and to put it bluntly — this is complete bullshit. I’ve had times in my life where I was strapped financially and have also enjoyed times of financial prosperity and let me tell you the latter beats the former by a long-shot.
You see, if you ask me, the notion that money doesn’t make you happy is passed around for two primary reasons. First, people don’t want you to feel bad if right now you’re not exactly keeping pace with Warren Buffett. Now, obviously I don’t want anyone to feel bad about themselves but sometimes we need a kick in the pants to get us up and moving and I think this is completely okay as long as the constructive criticism you get is communicated in a respectful way. In fact, whenever I tell my friends and family how critical it is to take hold of your financial situation, it’s only because I want them to enjoy all of the benefits that I myself have realized by increasing my own income and wealth over the last few years.
The second reason people spread the message that you don’t need money to be happy is because they don’t want you as competition. As you’re aware, in today’s society, whether you like it or not, how much money you have is one of the primary indicators of your status and overall worth. This is why on any date or networking event you attend, the first question people ask you is “what do you do for a living” which is the question “how much money do you make” in disguise. Because wealth is such an easily definable metric for success, it’s easy to know where you stand amongst your peers.