What Does Money Mean to You?
Money is the root of all evil.
It takes money to make money.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
We are living in a material world and I’m a material girl.
These are all common expressions that teach us what money means. Most of us agree what money is, but none of us agree on what money means.
We all have our approach to making and spending money, as well as an opinion on people who make and spend money.
These beliefs affect our personal and our global economy, believe it or not. Obviously they affect your own bottom line, but as these personal beliefs turn into group beliefs, the meaning of money can literally change the world’s markets.
What does money mean to you?
Here are a few common beliefs about money:
For some people, money is a way to be free. When you are financially free, you don’t have to carve out a third of your life working for someone else, or doing whatever a boss wants.
One of the big motivators to earn money is to gain power. Money–and the things you can buy with it–make you feel important and powerful. The ability to make others wealthy–or poor–is another manifestation of this power.
Using money as a sign of success is similar to using it as a totem of power. For people who define money in terms of success, money is simply a way to show their accomplishments and a way to prove wrong those who belittled them at one time. (Drive by a high school reunion some time and count the number of Lexus and Mercedes Benz cars in the parking lot.)
Money can offer security, too. It can be a form of protection against poverty, starvation, and horrible jobs.
Money can also be a way to help people or causes you want to advance. This form of meaning manifests in charities, philanthropies, and religious and political causes.
So what does money mean to you? Do any of the above categories describe your use of money, or are there other ways to express your money beliefs?