Ten years ago I was in deep credit card debt, on the verge of bankruptcy, and renting a one bedroom apartment with a drunken old man living on the floor below us who had a regular habit of using some sort of stick to pound on his ceiling (our floor) and cursing at my wife and I whenever we walked around. I think he worked nights and drank during the days so when we tip-toed around on our floors in the late afternoons, he would get angry and yell from below. Life sucked.
However, because I had the determination not to give up, I decided not to declare bankruptcy and vowed to get myself out of the mess I was in and I vowed to one day own my own house on a large chunk of land where I could make as much noise as I want with no one pounding on my floors.
I don’t know how I had the strength to stay positive in those days. I remember getting phone calls from collections agencies and talking to people who were absolutely brilliant at making me feel like the lowest scum of the earth because I didn’t have the money to pay them. They were some of the most abrasive people I have ever had the pleasure of speaking with in my entire life.
Somewhere in between the horrible phone calls and receiving my daily collection letters, I found the energy to stay positive and I had the audacity to secretly keep a written journal where I was setting goals for the type of house I was going to live in soon, and the type of car I was going to drive and the type of home theatre system I would have etc. I remember drawing a picture of my future house, while at the same time trying to figure how I’m going to pay the electricity bill before they turn off the power and all the food in my fridge goes bad. When you’re that broke, you don’t keep a lot of food in the fridge just in case.
Less than ten years later I own the house I drew in that picture, set on a five acre property, surrounded by beautiful trees, flowers and birds I never knew even existed. It’s a five minute walk to get to the nearest neighbors house and the area is so quiet I can actually hear myself think. No more drunk guy pounding on my floors. No more collectors calling me.
Getting to this point in my life hasn’t been easy. It was a journey of major personal development and constant daily improvement, coupled with a lot of spiritual growth. Law of attraction played a massive role in the financial success I’ve had so far in my life.
The most important thing though is not the house I live in now or the amount of money I’ve been able to earn in the last 10 years, but the person I’ve become while on this journey of financial abundance.
Although I still have highly ambitious financial goals, I don’t focus as much on money anymore as I used to. You could say that I have largely transcended my desire for money and wealth. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to have financial abundance anymore, but it’s just not something I focus on as much as I used to 5 years ago.
Once you reach a certain level of wealth, money begins to lose its meaning. Whereas I used to walk into a BestBuy and drool over all the cool toys I could buy if I only had the money to buy them, I now walk into a BestBuy and find it no more exciting than walking into a grocery store. I already have a big screen TV and a home theatre system and all the toys that I always wanted, so everything else is just more of the same type of stuff. Once you’ve owned six or seven different laptops, the eighth one is not as exciting as the first one. Once you make +$10,000/month the novelty wears off and it’s not as exciting anymore.
HOWEVER, this is where I see a lot of “Guru’s” go wrong with the advice they offer people. The “Guru’s” arrive at this point in their lives where they’ve already learned how to attract large sums of money using Law of Attraction, for example, and money starts to lose meaning to them as well after a while. So what do they do?
They try to tell people that the pursuit of money is a useless endeavor; a waste of time. They start preaching that there are other more important things to pursue, such as peace and love and truth and spiritual enlightenment. Personally, I think that’s a pile of crap. The only reason they have reached the level of being able to transcend their deep desires for money and wealth is because they’ve pursued money and wealth and took the journey towards it.
How much money I’ve made in the last 10 years is completely irrelevant to me. What is important is the person I have become as a result of choosing to pursue financial abundance, and that alone is worth the journey. This is where a lot of “Guru’s” go wrong. They transcend a desire for something and they forget about the journey that they embarked upon towards that desire and the people they have become as a result of that journey.
Don’t let any “Enlightened Guru” tell you that your desire for money is a waste of time or that it’s an unworthy goal. It’s nice of them to try to share with you the conclusions they have come up with as a result of their journey towards financial abundance, but it’s not the conclusions that are important….it’s the journey.
Yes, one day when you’ve already made a pile of money, when you’ve paid off those debts and you’re not being chased by creditors anymore and you’ve experienced what it feels like to walk into a dealership and buy the car you want for cash, and what it feels like to buy the home of your dreams, you too will probably arrive at the conclusion that money isn’t the be-all and end-all of everything, but the journey to that conclusion is worth every moment and the personal transformation you’ll go through on that journey is a beautiful thing. So don’t let any “Guru” tell you that “chasing money is a waste of time”. They have simply forgotten what it feels like to get woken up in the morning by a phone call from a creditor who proceeds to verbally abuse you for half an hour because you didn’t make your last payment.
The next time you encounter an “Enlightened Guru” telling you that your goal to become financially independent is evil, or a waste of time, tell them Paul thinks they’re full of crap.