In a recent post, I told you my sabbatical was the most transformative growth experience I’ve ever been through. It’s important to note that I would never had such an extraordinary opportunity if I hadn’t gotten the money thing out of the way.
Maybe the most significant thing lost in all the misguided talk about whether money is evil, is the key benefit money offers you: choices.
Money and material things don’t buy happiness, but neither does poverty. What money does is give you choices. Some of those choices will likely be material things, charitable giving, security, and independence. Those choices are your self-expression, which is a huge part of happiness. It’s hard to be happy (express yourself) when you’re struggling to pay the rent or buy groceries.
If you have the belief that money doesn’t buy happiness, better to lose that belief and replace it with one that serves you better. One of the important steps to a fulfilling life, is getting the money thing out of the way.