“So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?”

Ayn Rand

Remember that the love of money is the root of all evil, not money! But what is the root of all money, anyway?

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7 Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor.

Proverbs 13:7 (NLT)

Isn’t this so true? There are many people in America today who drive nice cars, live in fancy neighborhoods, enroll their kids in private school, and have fancy jewelry or clothes. What you don’t see is the enormous amounts of debt that they used to finance their rich lifestyle. These people are not truly happy and are struggling to make ends meet. The lifestyle is killing them. Looks are not everything. Just because they’re driving a leased Jaguar doesn’t mean they’re doing great. So resist the urge to keep up with the Joneses.

On the flip side, there are many millionaires who are the “millionaire next door”. These are the people who appear to live middle-class lifestyles yet have millions of dollars in net worth. What is the difference between them and the ones who look like they’re rich? They don’t care about image. They don’t care about what other people (who really don’t matter anyway) think about them or their lifestyle. This is one of the keys to being rich. It’s not about what people think necessarily but what God thinks of you!

Just got an email from FNBO Direct saying that their rate for their online savings account went down to 3.25% from 3.50%. WaMu (JPMorgan Chase) also quietly lowered the online savings rate to 3.00% from 4.00%. ING Direct is at 2.75% (instant $25 bonus for new accounts with at least $250). HSBC Direct is currently at 3.00%.

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

Maya Angelou

What a great quote and some great advice. Money should never be your goal. Money is motivating but there is a higher purpose for our lives. I don’t think that it’s necessarily wrong to be motivated by money as long as the ultimate motivation is that you want to help someone with it. So the real motivation is to change lives through giving. Giving to God. Giving to the poor. Giving to the church. Giving to change generations. Giving to change your family tree.

Is money your motivation? Are you really doing what you love? Examine your ultimate goals in life.

Missed My Plane

October 19, 2008

Well…what do you know. I missed my flight for the second half of my business trip. I printed my boarding pass the night before like I always do and of course they changed the gate on me and I didn’t realize until it was too late. The flight actually left earlier than it was supposed to in the busiest airport in the country! So I have about five hours to spend in the airport. Fun! I can watch the Terminal or maybe I can write some articles for the blog while I’m waiting. After all, I had to pay $8 for wireless internet. It should really be free.

So here’s some free advice. Always double check your departure gates at the airport! I’m normally on top of things like that but I was too engrossed in my solitaire game on my iPod.

Sorry…

October 16, 2008

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I’ve been on a business trip and the Internet is not quite as easy to find as most places. I’ll try to do some updates next week when I have better Internet access. I’m on the business trip until the 31st of October.