Forever I repelled money from me. When I was 19, one of the reasons I dropped out of college and began doing what I do now is because I learned of the fraudulence and corruption of our economic system. I justifiably thought that money was the reason our world is in shambles so I essentially hated money.
Over the first three or so years of my career as an author and speaker, I always made just enough money to keep going but never enough to not stress and think about it all the time. And that stress definitely did not help me live fully and serve people as powerfully as I could. And I thought that it was bad if I made a lot of money.
Now I realize that money is just a piece of paper. It’s greed and selfishness that cause us so many problems, not paper. It’s believing that we need to compete against others, drive sharp bargains, because there will never be enough. That’s the problem.
I see now that we cause ourselves so much stress by setting very low expectations around prosperity. We either think we don’t deserve, or it’s bad to have it. Really? It’s bad to have paper? Try trading rocks or socks you knitted for a ticket to Fiji or to put your child through school or buy insurance with love!!
Think of how much stress an unhealthy relationship with money causes you and those in your life. And think about how much more good you could do if you weren’t stressed about money all the time.
You deserve prosperity. Not to hoard but to circulate and use for your highest joy and to make other people’s lives better. You deserve to help other people create prosperity. You deserve to fund all the causes and charities and movements you desire. I invite you to embrace the fact that you deserve prosperity.
Jake Ducey is a two-time published author with Penguin/Random-House (The Purpose Principles and Profit From Happiness), a leading speaker for his generation having been featured in TEDx Youth, hired by mega organizations such as Nielsen and Accenture, and a leader who has already inspired countless thousands of young people to seek meaningful career success and to make a difference in the world.