Money – you have it or you don’t. You want more so that you can buy more. You have a lot and you want to get rid of it because people expect too much from you. The fact is, there’s never a perfect amount.
Because of that, it’s good to keep a sense of humor about money, the love of money, the hate of money, and the transfer of money. To this end, there are a few tips that you can use to pursue your own version of equilibrium – read between the lines when it comes to other people’s output, take entrepreneurship as seriously as you want, appreciate the finer things in life (but define what they are in advance), and remember that you can’t take it with you.
Read Between the Lines
When reading humor columns about money, enjoy the effort and read between the lines as well. There are some writers who are extremely direct about their opinions and efforts, whereas other will write exactly opposite of how they feel, and only give you subtle language clues as to what they really mean. Don’t take words too seriously in this regard, as there are plenty of folks with a chip on their shoulder who would gladly share their pain with you if you don’t know how to take a joke.
Take Entrepreneurship Seriously
If you’re going to start something, build something, or create something, don’t do it halfway. This doesn’t mean take yourself seriously, it means take the idea of making something great seriously. To see some of the best tips in the world on a daily basis about how to do this, follow Seth Godin’s blog. He’s one of the best thinkers of this generation, and is willing to share his advice and tips for free on a daily basis.
Appreciate the Finer Things In Life
Always, always appreciate the finer things in life. But, before you do that, make it a point to define what those finer things are to you and the people you love. Money is at the heart of resource management, but daily satisfaction is the goal. If you research what makes people happy, you’ll find that money itself is never going to be on that list.
Remember You Can’t Take It With You
Ultimately, the pursuit of money is engaging, challenging, and a good goal to have as it pertains to life satisfaction. However, always keep in mind that you can make a fortune, but you can’t take it with you. You can give it to your family, your friends, and charities and companies of your choice, but once that final bell rings, it does you no particular good, so use it wisely while your ticker is still ticking.