Why it’s okay to want to be filthy rich

I sometimes feel like there is a widespread belief that it isn’t okay to want to be rich – it isn’t spiritual, it isn’t moral and it isn’t something we should strive for.

We should be ashamed of wanting to earn lots of money, wanting a big house and luxury cars and designer clothes to wear. It’s materialistic and won’t bring us happiness, so we should pretend that we don’t want to have a nice lifestyle full of beach holidays, champagne and dinner at the best restaurants.

This is how I used to feel.

I used to think it probably wasn’t the right thing to want to earn good money, that it isn’t morally right to want to feel a real fire in your soul ignited at the thought of becoming rich and successful and being able to buy whatever you want whenever you want.

We are frequently told that money doesn’t buy happiness and that other things in life are much more important, that we need to stop concentrating on money and success. We are often made to feel like money is the enemy and if we don’t drastically simplify our lives and focus on a distinctly minimalist lifestyle, we are going to end up burnt out, surrounded by things we don’t want and we’re all going to be extremely unhappy and dissatisfied with our lives.

I do believe that simply being rich doesn’t buy happiness. No way can earning lots of money make for an amazing and fulfilled life all on it’s own. I also believe that adopting a certain amount of minimalism can create wonders, particularly in terms of getting rid of everything in your life that doesn’t spark joy.

But is being well off and enjoying a luxurious lifestyle a bad thing? Certainly not. In fact, I believe that, along with other factors, having lots of money is a really a very good thing.

Having the desire to want to earn good money encourages hard work, it inspires you to dream, envision and create, and it gives you a burning desire that will to push you to achieve your goals and thrive in the world. I believe there is a high importance of following your dreams.

The more money you have, the more you have to spend.

The economy needs people who have plenty of cash to spare. It’s what makes small businesses emerge and succeed, it gives a workforce employment and it makes the world go round.

When you spend money in your local economy, you help your town, your city and your country to be the place that it is. You are supporting people’s livelihoods, fulfilling people’s dreams and providing the means for other people to work, live, provide, and enjoy their lives.

Money provides the means for us to not just buy things, but it also enables us to buy experiences. We can travel the world, experience other cultures, enrich our lives and the lives of our children and our families. We can experience more, learn more and grow our knowledge. And you know what they say – knowledge is power.

And you can inspire others too. Seeing how much you’ve achieved and the nice lifestyle you will lead can only inspire others to do the same.

It can be difficult to gain the motivation and determination needed to succeed if you are surrounded by people who don’t realise their dreams and aren’t capable of living the life they wish to live. When you can prove to others that it’s possible, they will be driven to realise their ambitions and to aim high. They will know that it can be done, that life can be wonderful and that they too can have for themselves and their family what you have managed to provide.

Abundance for all is the dream and you can play your part. So what are you waiting for? Go out there and thrive. You deserve it.

12 thoughts on “Why it’s okay to want to be filthy rich

  1. YAS! There is nothing wrong with wanting more, and money should not be a dirty subject. Its a shame more people dont have this mentality.
    Kate xx

  2. I found this so refreshing to read and I completely agree! I’ve been through situations in life where I’ve had very little money, and believe me, as much as health and family are more important, it is very difficult to take care of either of those things without it. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    1. Thank you so much 🙂 Sorry to hear you’ve been through tough times before, I hope things are much better for you now. Abundance in all areas is the most amazing thing and having plenty of money to take care of family is so important to me x

  3. A super interesting post, Jenny! I completely agree with you that while money won’t necessarily make you happy, it’s certainly not a bad thing to strive for a nice lifestyle! A luxe lifestyle is also different for different people, based on their tastes and personal preferences! For example, if I was wealthy, I wouldn’t necessarily want to spend my money on fancy cars, but I would want to spend it on “experiences” like you describe! For another person, the priorities would be entirely different, and that’s ok! Fab post, really enjoyed it!

    Abbey 💓 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    1. Thank you so much Abbey! So kind of you to say 🙂 Some people love clothes, some love fast cars, and some love amazing experiences, and wouldn’t life be boring if we were all the same! x

  4. Yes I agree! Its cool to be minimalist, shows you can content with what life gives you but yes we strive for that luxury! Doesnt hurt to want that bit more right?

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