The poly-perceptual look on money

    20-Dec-2021
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Birkarnelzelzit Thiyam
“If you don’t find a way to make money when you are asleep, you will work until you die,” the best lines that hit me so far. So, more than money, it is the process and the system that’s important. Well – I know it’s just well when worded that way but many seem to put payment before the process. Too many people spend money they earn to buy things they don't want to impress people that they don't like.
As a young struggler, I have passed through times when I had enough cash and times when all pockets don’t even jingle. Learned about money through my teachers and surroundings – but never got to know why money is still a definition-less term to me. I know Money has never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.
Then why do many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time? This is where my formal education came to its limitations. As formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. School told us all about how to invest in a bank and all that. Wait! Invest in a bank? Or saving in the bank for having financial peace. But Financial peace isn't the acquisition of stuff. It's learning to live on less than you make, so you can give money back and have money to invest. You can't win until you do this.
Now coming to the section of spending, why do people have a tendency of spending more than they earn? If more is the problem – what all should we be spending our money on? It takes back to what Warren Buffett said, "only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shuts down for ten years.”
I have heard a lot of people saying money doesn't buy you happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery. It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy. Like people say - money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.
I know this is a poly-perceptual article, but my window opens wide for – seeing money as a terrible master but an excellent servant. Many vibrate a lot that they don’t know how to earn money but they don’t know that it’s all because they don’t know how to spend it. Well! Trade money for time and not time for money. You are going to run out of time first.
The writer is an International Awardee and also a major in International Business Marketing from Algonquin, Ottawa, Canada. He is also the Managing Director & Chief Marketing Officer of Khoihee Industries, regd. under the directorate of industries and commerce, Government of Manipur. He can be reached at [email protected] his motivational videos on YouTube at LWB Show. Whatsapp 9310065882 for talking or sharing anything with the writer.