Is Loving Money Bad?

Love, Self

There are a lot of points of view about money. How much is not enough. How much is too much. How it should be spent. What is extravagant and over the top. The list goes on and on. The reality is, if you don’t love money, you will never create something greater in the world. The purpose of money is to change realities. If you don’t have any, or you only have enough to get by, how much change can you actually create?

Your point of view about anything creates your reality. If your point of view is that money is bad or too much money is bad, you will never allow yourself to have the money that can create a different possibility for you and for the world.  

If you are interested in changing this, here are my top 4 tips:

1. Recognize the contribution of money rather than the exchange of money

When you are looking for benefit you are looking for an exchange. You are wondering, “What is my exchange for this? What am I going to get out of it?” Contribution is not about exchange. It’s not about what you get out of something. Contribution is the awareness of what benefits all of us and the willingness to choose that.

We don’t actually live alone in this world. Others are involved in our lives. When we are willing to be a contribution to others, it always comes back to us. It may not come back directly from where you contributed, but it always comes back.

2. Use the money you have to create more money

There is a book by James J Hester called the Penny Capitalist. This was a revolutionary book for me. It’s all about using the money you have to create more money. After I read this book, I started doing what he said. I went to garage sales and estate sales and started finding things that were worth more than I paid for them. I built a portfolio of things that were worth something that I had paid pennies for, quarters for or dollars for. For example, I bought sterling silver earrings for 25 cents. Once I bought them, I stashed them. Two years ago, I traded them in and got $300 for what I paid $50 for. You’ve got to start to ask, “What are the choices I have that I haven’t considered?”

3. Educate yourself about money

Educating yourself about money can be as simple as doing a Google search such as “What is wealth?” Or, “How do wealthy people get wealthy?” Or, “What are the assets that create revenue?” If you are willing to educate yourself on anything, you will know more than 99.99% of the people out there. People aren’t often interested in increasing their knowledge and if you are, you will know a little more about something and will be able to see the value that others are not.

4. Choose Gratitude

Gratitude often gets overlooked but it is one of the most dynamic tools for increasing money.

When you receive money, are you grateful for every dollar, every cent, that comes into your life or do you tend to think, “That’s not much,” “It will cover this bill,” “I wish I had more”? What if, whenever money came in, and whenever money went out, you were grateful?

Being grateful for the money you have allows more money to show up.

If you desire to be a contribution to the world, if you desire to create change, you have to let go of any point of view that says money is bad. The purpose of money is to change realities. How much change are you willing to choose?

About Gary Douglas

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Gary Douglas is an internationally-recognized thought leader, bestselling author, business innovator and founder of Access Consciousness®, a set of simple-yet-profound tools currently transforming lives in 173 countries. He has authored or co-authored 17 books including the Barnes and Noble #1 bestselling novel, The Place. An avid investor and entrepreneur, Gary is a vocal advocate of Conscious Capitalism and benevolent leadership. He co-hosts a weekly radio on Voice America and has featured in numerous TV shows, print media and online publications around the world. He is renowned for his unique insights on love, relationships, money, business, aging, leadership and emotional freedom.