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Chasing Money? Try This Instead...

Cold hard cash


We all love something about it


But it will not solve any of your long-term problems...


"Money can buy a starving man food, but it does not teach him to grow his own food"


This is what you all must understand. It's a tool, and not a magic wand that cures


I've been around extremely wealthy individuals who were clearly unhappy


And I've been around median wage earners who smile ear to ear


This tells me one thing...money does not buy happiness


The happiness is a by-product of a fulfilling life


Which money can help one to achieve


But it looks different to all of us


There's no template...


The Prisoner


I grew up middle class


And both of my parents worked


We always had money, but never in excess


That being said, my father managed his money very well


And this rubbed off on me from a very young age, but it was too much


I became obsessed with money, and my life began to revolve around making it


All of my decisions were influenced by money, and it took over control


I started saving money to buy the cool things my friends had


Not because I needed them, but so that I could fit in


And as I became older, it only got worse for me


But now, I was making life decisions


Still driven by money...


The Pursuit


I had no idea


You know, what I wanted to be


But I did know one thing, it would pay well


And that is why I decided to study finance in college


I had heard about Wall Street in the movies, and was hooked


But there was a huge problem here my friends, and it took years to notice


I was not taking anything else into consideration when making these big decisions


I never stopped to ask myself what I want to do in life, or what impact I wanted to have


Again, it was only about how much money I was going to make by doing it


Do you understand how dangerous this is? If not, I will explain...


I spent well over half a decade chasing the wrong career


That's like 5 years of driving in the wrong direction


Imagine what it takes to reverse all of that


And remove the monetary influence


Well, it has not been easy...


The Awakening


I've talked about it before


But a bad heartbreak really woke me up


And at the time, my financial situation was solid AF


I was making 6 figures, had a new car, a nice apartment, and savings


On paper, I was the perfect example of what society wanted you to become


It was also the life I chose to pursue, but then the breakup didn't let me hid anymore


At that moment, I realized all of the monetary things I had were worthless


It was the relationships and connections I had that were important


And without those, the money held no real value anymore


This is where my mindset began to totally change


And I started to see things differently


It was now me over money...


The Reversal


I hate to admit it


But this has not been easy for me


I still allow money to control a lot of my decisions today


But I am more aware of it than ever, and it's one reason I'm writing about it


Unfortunately, I don't have all the answers for you yet, but I can save you some time


And what you will find is that time is more valuable than money will ever be


How do you save time? By not letting money influence your decisions


Remember, money is a tool you can use, but won't solve problems


It also won't make you happy, if you hate what you're doing


It will just be a bandaid you cover by purchasing things


Which only pro-longs your existing bad situation


But I don't want to leave you all with nothing


So here is what has helped me...


The Lesson


Saving not spending


Sounds simple enough, but it's not


Especially with all the pressure to consume today


But it's saving money that has given me the time I needed to reset


It is what allowed me to step away, and start rebuilding my relationship with money


It is what allowed me to resign from my job, and move to Portugal back in 2017


It is what allowed me to resign again in 2021, and start my own business


It is what gave me the time to think about what I want to achieve


And it gave me time to focus on the impact I could have


That being said, I still have a lot of work to do


But saving money got me back on track


And it's given me another chance


To build the life that I want

That's aligned with me


Not with money...


With Love,

Steven Arthur George aka CannaBeMe






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