What is money? According to the Wikipedia website, "Money is any object or record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a given socio-economic context or country." That being said, we all know how important money is. But how important is it exactly? Well, people have different views and opinions about money. Jeff Slayter says that in order for us to fully appreciate it, make use of it, and deal with it, we have to fix the way we think about it first.
There are many factors that affect a person's outlook on the value of money. First of all, people have different familial backgrounds. A person who grew up in a poor family, where every day is a challenge and money is as scarce as can be, will never see money the way a rich person does. In the same way, rich people in Australia, though it may seem to others as if money just grows on trees, may have sacrificed more than what their money can buy. Your financial views were already beginning to be structured since the day you were born into your family.
Then, as you grow older, as money comes and goes, you begin to experience and see for yourself what money does and the role it plays in society and the world in general. Depending on the life you lead, and how you encountered money and settled money matters, you cultivate a certain perspective on what money means to you. This way of thinking will eventually be your basis in all your financial dealings.
The way money is depicted and portrayed in society through the media, social networks, and our connections in our work, our community, and even from unfamiliar people and places can also affect our viewpoint. Looking at the lives of Hollywood actors, with their luxurious and glamorous way of life with all its side effects, it could stir a desire to acquire the lifestyles of the rich and famous. On the other hand, it could make you turn the other cheek. It all boils down to what factors influence you the most.
Develop a Positive Outlook
The problem with people nowadays is that they refuse to change their situation. Even if their circumstance screams "S.O.S", they stay there, for fear of change and failure. The lesson here: Don't dwell on something that might have been. Rather, focus on improving your future. Negativity is the universal hindrance that keeps you from succeeding financially, and in every aspect of life.
If you weren't born with a silver spoon in your mouth, don't think that it's the end for you on the financial ladder! It's all a matter of 'half cup full' thinking. A fish named Dory (from the Pixar animated film, Finding Nemo) once said: "Just keep swimming!" Positive energy gets you places as long as you keep moving forward. This is true for monetary matters as well.
The bottom line is everyone has what it takes to make money. All you have to do is determine what's been holding you back. Once you discover it, you just have to change your perspective. Finally, make the decision to move forward, and act on it.