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“STOP TRYING TO SECURE THE BAG, SECURE YOURSELF.” – Lash’ Taylor – Medium

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I read an article earlier today (https://www.success.com/i-stopped-chasing-money-heres-what-happened/) entitled,” I stopped chasing money- here’s what happened.” It served as inspiration for this post.

I am 21 years old & from as early as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be “rich & famous.” Life is finally revealing it’s true colors to me, and although I am appreciative, I am also kind of thrown-off.

Up until a few months ago, my main focus centered on “WHAT TO DO TO MAKE MONEY”; tons of it. My mind recycled ideas and schemes constantly. Can I work hard enough to become a famous singer (my childhood dream)? Should I start a hair company or open a clothing store? What do I do? What could I do to gain the wealth and ‘fame’ I desired? I tirelessly pondered these thoughts, for hours and hours, and each day I became more exhausted. I thought to myself “Is this what I really want?” and if it is, “Why do I so badly want it?”.

Most times, when it comes to why money is so important to us (specifically the people around me), it has everything to do with materialism. I feel as though we see images of what is portrayed to be “The American Dream”; the expensive cars, designer gear, the ‘rich-status’, & we are sold to the idea of money and material things equating to a “better life”.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting nice things, status, wealth or the acclaim, it is a mistake to assume that they pave the way to happiness and fulfillment.

I’ve been listening to a lot of motivational speakers and reading a lot of success stories, and the common denominator between them all, is the fact that solely chasing money will always lead one to a dead end.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way I can ever gain the financial status I’ve desired, is to lose my desire for it.

We look to success & our financial statuses for happiness, forgetting that true happiness comes from within. We are often so focused on chasing money, that we do not see the importance of staying in tune with ourselves.

The money chase is never-ending!

I’ve seen people do the strangest things and lose a lot of themselves in the pursuit of riches, not because it’s what they need, but because society has made the ‘rich status’ seem more important than anything else. It’s almost toxic.

“Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.”

I personally haven’t had a taste of what I would consider to be real success as yet. I also haven’t had a taste of riches/wealth in abundance, but I’m finding that the desire doesn’t leave me hungry for more. It doesn’t make me want to go “harder”, instead it leaves me exhausted & questioning.

So I made a promise within myself, that the only chase to be indulged in, is the one toward my dreams & the things that I am passionate about; that can be beneficial to me, and possibly the entire human race. I promise to pursue inner-peace, conquer my demons, and to neglect the desire to have money because of materialism and the ‘rich-status’. I am almost certain that the wealth I so desired will come to me, now that my heavy pursuit of it has ended. If it doesn’t come in the form of money, I finally know within myself that, I am already rich in love, peace, happiness and everything I’ve gained from personal-development, and therefore, I am grateful.

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