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Making Mad Money: The 3 Things to Avoid
Who doesn't want to make mad money? In other words, who doesn't want to have abundant wealth? While the whole definition of "abundant wealth" (or, "being rich") differs across individual people, having a big, fat piggy bank is better than being poorer than dirt. (If you are or aspire to be a monk, you can stop reading this here and now.)
But in the quest for this mad money which is our life-energy in society and which is proven to be able to bring us greater abundance of joy and happiness the more of it we have, we have to be willing to do anything that it takes to make it our own.
We have to be heroic when need be. We have to be uncompromising about a "don't tread on me" attitude. We have to harness our deepest desires. We may have to burn some midnight oil, or tolerate a lot of useless talk, or keep the pride of purpose in a low-paying job for a while.
Yes, we need to be willing to do anything. Almost.
As important as abundant wealth is, and as stupid as the envy-fueled myth that "money can't buy happiness" is, there are three things in human life that are greater and more important than accumulating wealth. And, part of the reason why they are more important is because if you neglect or ignore any of these things, your efforts and making (or keeping) money will be hindered.
So. What are these three things that you must avoid if you want to have mad money and crazy joy?
Never Compromise Your Health
There is no pursuit of money that is so important that your health should be compromised, either your psychological or your physical health.
This does not mean that if, say, you have the capacity to become a star professional athlete who will, of necessity, risk injury and be subjected to huge media and social pressure you refuse such a career. It doesn't mean that if you have what it takes to get hired as a CEO for a big company, getting paid many millions of dollars a year, that you automatically turn down the offer.
But. It means that you have to know your own personality and your own limitations.
Many people do, in fact, refuse to take CEO positions, or they quit them, because of the stresses and the heavy time away from family and loved ones. A highly stressful professional life can wreak havoc on your health.
Some people thrive in high-stress working environments. But many don't. To avoid compromising your health in the pursuit of greater wealth:
- Don't do any work that you hate, no matter how lucrative or promising it is. There's always another way to make big money. You have to get in touch with your passion and go find it.
- If, for financial reasons, you have to be in an unrewarding job position right now, keep your mind on bigger things. And while you're doing your low-level job, do it with passion. Prove to yourself that you will soon move up because you deserve to move up.
- Don't allow stresses to get you into alcohol abuse or the use of drugs.
- No matter how busy you are, make time for working out in some form five days per week.
- Never neglect eating right. Distraction is no excuse.
- Get sufficient sleep. Yes, you need it.
You have to stay healthy in order to have the energy and focus that you need to make all the money you want, anyway. The words "wealth" and "health" have a common Indo-European root which means "wholeness".
Never Compromise Your Integrity
Selling people bad products or stuff that you know they really don't need. Owning or managing a business and trying to squeeze every penny out of people instead of giving them the most for the price they pay. Neglecting customer service. Doing something that you, in your heart, just don't believe in all to make a buck. Doing mental gymnastics to make the wrong move seem right, even to you.
If you do any of the above, you're compromising your integrity. And it's even worse than doing harm to other people.
If you throw your integrity out the window in the pursuit of money, you will find that you fail. Word of mouth ideas about how rotten some salesman or some business is spreads faster and farther from the source than ever before. Even if you make money, in your compromised state you won't know what to do with it even for your own good.
Integrity means "integration". It means you do what you say you will do. It means that your left hand knows what your right hand is doing. It means that you have a conscience and you act on it.
If you compromise your integrity, you will know what you've done even if no-one else does. And you have to live with yourself 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until you die. Whatever you do to make mad money, it must be something honest and something value-enhancing for other people. It has to be something that you can commit to without a second thought or any doubt.
Never Throw Away Your Dearest Relationships
When you set out on the path of making mad money, you might find that you have to cut out or distance yourself from some people who have been in your life for a while. You will be surprised, and saddened, to learn just how envious and belittling too many people can be. So if you have to walk away from a lot of people, even family members, to pursue your dream and stay on your road, so be it.
But you've got at least one relationship with someone who is true to you. Even if you're alone except for your God, you still have that one relationship. You probably have a small handful of very dear and close friends and loved ones. These relationships are the ones that you have to hold on to.
No money-making efforts can be allowed to destroy these precious relationships. Being the richest isolated person in the world isn't worth all those billions. To make your life complete, you have to have close, fulfilling interpersonal relationships.
When you have mad money, you will naturally want to share it with people you love. You can't do that if you've pushed everyone away in your headlong drive for money. Deep loneliness can harm or even kill you. And it's one thing that you can't buy your way out of.
So. Be prepared to do anything that it takes to make mad money, except: compromising your health; compromising your integrity; or, sacrificing your close relationships.