Leadership Solutions from Read Solutions Group: What about the money?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

What about the money?

"I know, I know that I should focus on what makes me happy and not worry about the money, but...."

Dear Money Worrier,

Of course, you worry about the money. It would be wonderful if we could all just throw up our hands, focus on what we love to do and know that the money will follow. It's that KNOWING part that throws me.

Rather I believe that when we look at those things in our lives that important to us, that which drives our choices on how we spend our time and energy, finances is normally one of those areas. On the list might be career, health, relationships, children, hobbies, community, giving. And then it's a rare person who can comfortably leave off the money.

The trick is what is the main thing you are looking to the money for. Is it a symbol of achievement? A measure of success? Is it to be able to provide comfortable for immediate or extended family? Is it to allow retirement in the next 5 years? Is it to buy freedom?

The reality is that how you go about your work (often a key driver in the finance equation) is strongly linked to your convictions around the finances.

Don't walk away from the question. Rather get clear on why money is part of the equation. Then use that to help you gain and keep balance in your life.

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