The Fear of Being Poor


Growing up I watched my parents fight over money.
It was sad and scary and something I would never forget.
It seemed clear to me that money was the root of all pain and suffering.

From an early age I told myself I would never let that happen to me.
I told myself I would make enough money to never let it interfere with my wife or child.
Much of my success as an entrepreneur can be attributed to this deep rooted motivation.

Though fear can propel you to success, it can also come at a price.

Like your health.
Like your ability to take a risk.
Like your ability to enjoy life.
Like your ability to follow your dream even though it may not make financial sense.

I’ve come to realize that we don’t own money, money owns us.

Under the capitalist system money is tied to our fears.
No money, no food.

But there’s another side to the story.

That beyond our basic needs marketers tell us we’re not enough and that to be enough we must purchase it.
That we must buy stuff so we can keep up with our neighbours.
That stuff equals happiness.

But of course that’s a lie.

There comes a time where you have to realize that you have all you need. That you are enough.
You have to trust in yourself and your skills and humanity that everything will be ok.

Once you do that you can continue to create and make a living but the creation will come from a different place.
Not from a place of fear but from a place of love.

Don’t chase, celebrate.

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