Updated: Dec 18, 2019
If you only learn one thing from this article I hope is that living only to make money is a big time waster.
The one aspect of life that people focus on is how much money they make or how much they have. However, money is something you can always find more of when you need to. I know that sounds a little hard to believe if you are always need of money to survive. It may take some effort to obtain it. But, it just takes some ingenuity and often, hard work.
Between the ages of 20-35, my only focus in life was making money to support my family. I spent long hours in the office missing out on spending quality time with my family. I hate to say this but, I have little to memory of them being young and I don’t want that for you.
If you are like most people, you can get money when you need it. Therefore, why worry about it? The one aspect of life that you cannot make more of is time. So, why concern yourself with what you have when the time is ticking away? If I could go back and tell my younger self something it would be Time is all you really have so make the best of it and live life to your fullest.
Spend more time with your family and friends And yourself. Make it a point to increase your visits with your family. You cannot get them back. You can make new friends. However, that is not as easy as you may think. It can take many years to find people who you not only trust but like well enough to become close. My close circle of friends consist of 3 people I have been knowing over the past 20 years!
As reported on Psychologytoday.com “Money thoughts are also distracting. Being worried about money disrupts your ability to think effectively. In a recent set of lab and field studies, Anandi Mani and colleagues provided powerful support for this claim. In the lab studies, they gave people personal financial problems – such as thinking about how they would manage a car repair. The researchers varied whether the problems were small (say $150.00 to fix) or large (maybe $1500.00 to fix). I don’t know about you, but coming up with $150 for a car repair will be easier to manage and solve than trying to find $1500. Afterwards, they gave them some straightforward cognitive and attention tasks. After considering small financial problems, rich and poor adults performed similarly. But after considering the large problems, the poor people performed substantially worse. Worrying about large financial problems, even in hypothetical terms, disrupted performance on the next task.”
You should worry even less about money because the internet makes it easy to earn. If you have old items you no longer need, sell them on eBay or Craigslist. Find a website where you can trade services for cash. There are many classified advertising sites that you can announce services for cash.
These days, again because of the internet, you can make money from your hobbies. You create a website centered around your hobby topic, and you either sell advertising, or you find affiliate products to sell on that website. LIY has a great affiliate program – yes that’s a plug!
If you can find products from vendors, you could start up an eCommerce site. That’s a bit more involved as you have to deal with fulfillment and order entry, but some companies will handle this for you for a fee. Plenty of people make full-time livings from eCommerce. You can also try a drop-shipping vendor that does most of the work for you.
Most people have more cash available than they realize. You may be able to borrow against investment accounts or insurance policies. If you look hard enough, money tends to turn up.
When you stop worrying about money, you start to gain a new perspective on life, a more fulling life. You will start to relax more and sleep better at night. You’ll be less stressed out overall, and you won’t be as short tempered with people. You will find it is a very freeing development for you. Stop worrying about money so you can start living your life to the fullest.
Comment below on how you were able to stop worrying about money