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Tool user 
18th-Nov-2008 03:50 pm
Money
I have had a chat with a friend today. My friend stated that they hate money.

This is totally the wrong attitude.

Let's discuss why. Money is one thing and one thing only: a tool. Saying you hate money is like saying you hate hammers or wrenches. I like to compare it to a circular saw. You can build a lot with a circular saw. You can create fantastic works of art or items of great utility like shelving and houses and such. But, just like a circular saw, money can also be used to destroy things. Used improperly, you can even destroy yourself.

Safety first! Learn how to use your tools properly. Money is a tool with teeth.

After explaining the tool concept, my friend revised their statement to "I hate not having the tools I need!"

This is a more accurate statement.

So what do you do? You work with the tools you DO have to eventually get the tools you need. In terms of money, this usually means saving and investing. It can also mean using a small amount of money to create something that you can sell for greater value.

Think about that concept for a bit.

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Go on... think. Meditate.

What did you think of? Nothing? You didn't try very hard. Did the word "resume'" come to mind? That is the perfect example! A small amount of money invested in a sheet of paper to sell your services for a greater return! You artists probably thought about selling a picture - invest in some paint and sell a painting. That is another good example.

Hopefully you now understand this very basic concept of "money is a tool". Don't hate money or those with large amounts of it. Don't hate the rich. They are just proficient tool users. That is something to be revered, not shunned.

Also, you will hopefully be more motivated to view money AS a tool, not a goal. I mean, what are you going to do with a shed full of circular saws?

I know exactly what to do. Do you?
Comments 
19th-Nov-2008 05:58 am (UTC)
My dislike of certain rich people has nothing to do with them being rich. It has everything to do with what they do with it, and sometimes how they got rich. Bo not revere them simply because they are rich.
20th-Nov-2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Yes. I could have phrased that better. What I was saying is that those that gained great financial wealth through legitimate means are worthy of emulation. Hold them in esteem. Don't spite them for simply being wealthy.

As much as I dislike the tactics of Bill Gates and dislike his products, I still hold him in regard for his proficient tool usage.

Don't hate the wealthy because of their wealth. Respect them.

Yes. There are exceptions to the rule. How can anyone truly respect a drug kingpin, mobster, or a corrupt politician? They should not be emulated - they should be deposed, despised, and imprisoned.
7th-Apr-2009 07:52 am (UTC) - Hmmmm- materialism
I like not having money. Why? Because I'm not a slave to debtors. I do not worship money, and I do not let it control me.
I guess you could say- I prefer other tools to money. I prefer to have a rich spirit than lots of STUFF.
8th-Apr-2009 10:21 pm (UTC) - Re: Hmmmm- materialism
Again... wrong attitude. Sure. Money can get you "stuff". So what? Money is a tool. The analogy of a hammer is apropos because money is used to build things... like hospitals, city parks, factories, houses, highways, better medicines, and so on and on and on.

If you are using money solely to get yourself "stuff" then you are not using the tool in a way that will enhance life and you will soon find yourself without your "tool", having foolishly wasted its constructive ability.

There is nothing wrong with having "stuff", but when that becomes the goal or the goal becomes to just get more money, you miss the point and true power of money.

"Building wealth" is not the same as "acquiring stuff".

If you are slave to your creditors, then, again, you are not using the tool properly.
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