And while money seemed to be the focus during my early pursuit, it became my furthest concern over the past several years. Interestingly, success has a way of prioritizing what drives us. ~ Dale Partridge
No disrespect, but…
Here’s a truth: It is more accurate to say that financial success has the potential to free one mentally and emotionally from stressing over the mundane realities of life, such as
- how to stay safely sheltered from the elements;
- how to keep hunger from our doorstep;
- how to gain and keep affordable good health care;
- how to maintain our vehicles in good repair and gassed up; and
- how to please a boss who simply cannot be pleased or who demands more of our life’s energy, if not our soul, than they should.
Quadruple this stress if we have to provide for a family too.
Cosimo de’ Medici, head of the Medici banking family during the Renaissance, had the right idea. If you want great works of art or thought, support it with your dollars.
Frankly, it is not hard to understand how we might lose sight of our priorities, compromise our values, or lack creativity, because a huge chunk of our mind share for the greater part of every single day is dedicated to the hard, relentless realities of financing the ever rising costs for the privilege of living.
The only people who ever make statements like the one quoted above are those who have found a way as a result of sheer will or application, timing, and/or very good fortune to achieved a healthy financial bottom line and consequently, free their mind.
Once the mind is free from the mundane realities of surviving the basic requirements of life, of course, it makes sense that it is undemanding to focus on our priorities, stand steadfast by our values, and find our creative spark.
So, if you are still trying, trying, trying, keep trying but cut yourself some slack.
Good Tip: And if you ever have to choose between your roof and your vehicle, keep the vehicle! At least you can live in it and still go to a job.