There’s 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. Therefore, we should pretend that we don’t want to have a nice lifestyle full of beach holidays, champagne and dinner at the best restaurants.
We’re 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’re 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.
Of course 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. Adopting a certain amount of minimalism can actually 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, 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.
The more money you have, the more you have to spend.
Our economy needs people who have plenty of cash to spare. 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’re supporting people’s livelihoods 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.
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 own ambitions.
It’s more than okay to want to be rich and have a luxe life, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
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