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Money Or Your Life

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Autor:  anton  04 November 2010
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A thought popped in my head as I was half way through the readings for this assignment and I wanted to share it with you. This is my last class until I graduate. I was supposed to take this course last semester and I waited because I had a lot going on in my life the past few months. This class is so much more beneficial to me now because I am in the "real world" and have been in it for awhile now. If I was to take this class while I was still going to college I really wouldn't have gotten as much out of it. I think things happen for a reason and I am glad I'm taking this class now. With that said; I will get on to the readingsВ…

In chapter 4 of "Your Money or Your Life" the whole concept of how much is enough is very interesting to me. The idea is finding fulfillment. In order to find fulfillment you need to find what you are looking for out of life. What are your dreams, what is your purpose in life? I have always had many dreams throughout my life. I also know that there is a purpose for me to be here on earth. Yet I still don't know what exactly I want to do career wise. I am still looking for that exact purpose for me to be here. I strongly feel that you find this with experience. You need to get out there and experiment, absorb all the knowledge you get from others and your experiences. On page 121 the author discusses purpose. I know that I have a purpose in living. The author says that one way to find your purpose is answering the question, "Why are you doing what you're doing?" I may be a little confused to make my decisions but there is always a purpose if I dig deep enough. There is always a meaning for my actions. I have not found that specific career that is a passionate commitment to me yet. I am determined to discover this mission in life. The steps the book gave on finding your mission I found it to be motivating and very helpful. The first one, work with your passion my mother has taught me throughout life. Do what you love to do and you will lead the happiest life possible. The second step, work with your pain, is deeper. It is true, if there is something that is causing you pain or has caused you pain, than it is healing to reach out to those who are experiencing the same pain and help them. The third step is very realistic, work with what is at hand. I re-worded this step as, live in the moment. Acknowledge what is going on now, and do what needs to be done now. Values are very important to me. It is interesting to think about life energy when purchasing things. A part of financial intelligence is to, "know that if you spend your life energy on stuff that brings only passing fulfillment and doesn't support your values, you end up with less life." I have very strong values that I will carry throughout my life and the essential part of this is keeping my values in tact with all the distractions life can bring. Your actions represent your values. You have choices throughout your life and can choose to act however you feel upon any given situation. Your actions represent you as a person. It is also your responsibility to be accountable for your actions. I know a lot of this information but it is good to remind yourself of these things because they will lead to a better, more fulfilling life. I don't think that the importance of giving is emphasized in our society enough. It is not only important to help your communities but we also achieve a great deal of happiness by practicing our ability to give.

Chapter 7 of this book they talked about disconnected work from wages. I actually just finished another book relating to this exact topic. The book is called, "Quarter life Crisis." It is actually a great book for college graduates in their mid twenties. The book refers to them as "twenty something's". People often define themselves or their lives by their jobs. When someone asks you what you do, they respond by telling the person their job description. We are defined by our jobs. This is so unhealthy and this is exactly what causes people to have the quarter life/ mid life crises. All of my friends have graduated and we all get together and talk and everyone is talking about what they are doing career wise and how much they are making, how many vacation days they get and so on. It's like that's all they are all trying to impress each other. Don't get me wrong I started to fall in the same gap the first few months I started working. Until I found myself miserable and I asked myself who am I, why am I here? I thought back to all these conversations with my friends and all people were talking about was how much they were making if they hated their jobs or not. It was like an evil competition cycle. I had to get out of it so I went and bought this book. It made me realize a lot and this chapter has very similar advice as the book. I am so glad that I was able to find all this information out. It is completely normal to fall into this sort of trap. As long as you realize the importance of separating work from wages you will feel fulfilled.



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