Have you ever noticed that the people with the most entitlement issues have the least amount of money? My own entitlement issues were Legendary, I kid not. I was sure the world owed me something for my troubles and if it didn’t give it to me, I was planning on taking it.
A mentor soon half-scoffed that I wasn’t owed anything, by anyone.
At first it was offensive that he thought that about me. Then when soul-searching revealed that it was true, that I felt I deserved or was owed some kind of a break because of the hard times I had in my life, it made me take a look at myself. That’s when I thought about working for it harder than I ever had before.
It’s painful to admit, but I was in a situation where I lawfully could have gone on public assistance or social security. This was post-entitlement me though, and I couldn’t bring myself to take a hand-out.
My money issues went so much deeper than that, though.
When I finally worked my way to what I started to believe was this great income, I felt like I didn’t deserve it. I thought it was too easy. All this time, money was coming to me at an inverse proportion to how hard I had to physically work. The less laborious it was, the easier and more rapidly money came to me.
I just couldn’t handle it.
Of course, I started to sabotage myself. I overspent in a period that should have put me on the road to wealth. I rested on my laurels when I should have kept working. It eventually stopped coming in more and more slowly and I was thrown into a panic.
The truth of the matter is that money has a certain type of energy. I promise I’m not going to get too touchy-feely on you. Here’s something to think about along those lines instead.
Broke people congregate together. Rich people try to hang out with people richer and smarter than them so they can learn.
Broke people hoard knowledge. The rich pass knowledge down.
Broke people complain about how much money they don’t have. Rich people talk about what they’re going to do with money they haven’t even made yet, then they go get it.
Broke people hoard pennies rather than saving intelligently. While a rich person isn’t a frivolous spender, they don’t jump over dollars to pick up dimes.
Broke people hate people who are rich and think that they owe them something. And yet it’s the rich people who were always the most willing to help me out when I was broke.
Yet, when a broke person pulls away from the pack and begins to think differently, and re-evaluate how to earn, and gets out of their own way, money seems to rain out of the sky for them, even more than for those sgment of rich people who are born rich and take it for granted.
If you want to be rich – or better yet wealthy – really think about how you feel about money. What did you learn from your parents? Are you tight-fisted or addicted to spending? Why?
Resolve your money issues now while you don’t have much, and when you get money, you’ll keep it.
The alternative is Not fun.