Since money was invented as a concept, probably as early as 5,000 B.C., it has been the most important thing that we, as human beings, fight for. Making money is the top priority of many people and probably several times a day we think about how much we have and how much we need.
In many cases, pursuing money is just about survival and nobody can really criticize this. However, in other cases, pursuing money is nothing more than a highly addictive game. The more we have the more we want. The real problem subsists when in order to get more money, we start take advantage of other people’s weaknesses. Nowadays this happens very often and in the outmost subtle ways so that it is really difficult to even recognize it!
Think about it, is there really anyone who never lie in order to make money? How many people do you know that are really transparent and honest in everything they say? How many times have you heard a seller giving you a genuine list of cons about the product they are selling?
To avoid becoming addicted to money and to live a fulfilled, respected, and lazy life you should pursue these two concepts:
The first step is to avoid being trapped into being greedy for money. To do this you should always pursue minimalism and sharing what we have.
Regarding the minimalism concept, let’s ask ourselves the question: what do we really need for living? Do we need all the comforts that are advertised by magazines or by television?
The obvious answer is no! The things that we really need in order to live decently are food, clothes, shelter and some essential technology.
Hence, let’s remind us from time to time that we really don’t need a Bentley to go to work, we really don’t need the last iPhone to send text messages, we really don’t need a house with 20 rooms for a family of 4 people.
Regarding the sharing concept, we should ask ourselves how many times a day or a week we really need an object. Can we actually share with somebody else if we do not need it every day? I am not saying that we should share things with everybody, but at least with people that we know, like neighbors and relatives.
Hence, let’s remind us from time to time that we don’t really need to have our own barbecue grill, camping set or car washing set!
In conclusion, remember that minimalism and sharing will help you saving money and make you feel you can survive even without it.