It has been crazy being off the Blogosphere…after a brief hiatus…can you imagine, what the challenge was, it had to do with my Hosting Company and one of the plugins corrupted the website and Furthermore my Word press site needed to be updated… So much for the hulla ballo….let dig in.
This is July, the peak of the rainy season…can’t wait for August Break….In recent times, I have been studying the power of Creative Thinking and it has been a major eye-opener for me….. Did you know that inside you, there is a Creative Idea waiting to be released.
Furthermore Creative Thinkers challenge Conventional Thinking…. Maybe in the not so distant future,I would write a Book on Creative Thinking…Might be a New York Times Bestseller… Wink Wink….
There exists this phrase which says ” More Money, More Problems” but is it actually true? Ideally a Communist mantra. Exists in hip-hop and popular R & B songs as well. More money would lead to more problems for the one that possesses the money. Hence making money the problem.
“Mo Money Mo Problems” was even done as a single by Notorious B.I.G., the second single from his album Life After Death. Released posthumously, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in 1997, replacing “I’ll Be Missing You” from the chart, Puff Daddy’s song about Notorious B.I.G’s death.
In sum, next year will bring “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems,” in the famous words of the late Notorious B.I.G. The population of millionaires in the U.S. will grow and perhaps even set a new record. Globally, millionaires and billionaires will rise in numbers and fortunes—largely driven by emerging markets and the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China).
Yet soaring prosperity for the rich will be set against a backdrop of growing inequality and negative attention on the wealth gap.
My opinion is that, It comes down to the choices we make. You may have chosen a lifestyle you’re happy with that brings you financial success, however if you’re unhappy in your career path and seeking a different lifestyle (more time with the family, less stress), financial success won’t offer the type of fulfilment you’re after.
We need to own the choices we make and be prepared to accept the sacrifices that ensue. We tend to grow up with an expectation that we can have it all, however it comes down to priorities; sometimes what we achieve is not what we expected.
Be appreciative. There are a lot of things that money can buy that many of us take for granted: access to health care, warmth, food, shelter, transportation… “First World” things that we tend to expect will always be there since they’ve become fixtures in our lifestyle.
Yes, money can buy comfort and security, but the power of wealth is relative; as your income grows, so do your spending opportunities. We want to keep pursuing bigger and “better” things. But if our desires outpace what we can afford, money can destroy happiness, regardless of our income level.
With this in mind, I think it’s important to take moments to reflect on things we can be grateful for, a glass half-full approach to life. Instead of thinking I WANT this, be grateful that you HAVE that.
What do you think? Do you feel money makes you happy? I think you’ll get different answers depending on people’s respective circumstances. For some, a lack of money causes anxiety, yet the fear of losing money can be equally worrisome. At the end of the day, I don’t think we can directly say that money is a source of happiness, but I do think it can provide us with comforts and experiences that lead to happiness.
It comes down to our attitudes and expectations. We need to be able to look at wealth objectively, to give back, be appreciative and unattached to wealth for wealth’s sake in order for money to bring us the fulfilment and happiness that we all seek in life.
As Dale Carnegie said in his timeless book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
I better sign out, got a busy day ahead of me….remember to follow me on twitter @ okanjo