Who you really are

Here is the quote of the day from The Five Minute Journal:

“Money doesn’t change people, it just helps them be who they really are.” – Grandpa Simpson

I grew up on the Simpsons. In the above quote, Grandpa Simpson simply sums up a widely held belief that occurs in people you come into a significant amount of money. This quote was probably describing people who change for the worse after gaining a great deal of money.

Today, I want to talk about the idea of if you didn’t need to worry about money. How would that change the way you look at your work? Would you still do your job? Would you quit and never look back? Would you go do something else like back to school, start your own business, or run a charity?

When I think about the idea of not making career decisions based on money, I think about people who dream about hitting the lottery. Whenever people talk about hitting the lottery, they always talk about quitting their jobs, buying a new house near a body of water, and spending the rest of their life relaxing. They usually look at me like I’m crazy when I say that I’d keep working. That doesn’t mean I’d still continue going to a typical 9 to 5 job. I would hope that my version of work would change into something else like creating my own business or concentrating on my writing.

I’m not the first person to come to the same conclusion. Just look at people like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or Mark Cuban. They have more money they could ever know what to do with it all, but they haven’t retired to the beach. They’re continuing to work because money is only a motivational factor up to a certain point. After you get past a certain amount, then money becomes less of an influence. Other factors like legacy, continuous improvement, or making an impact become the drives in the lives of highly successful people.

Similar to what Grandpa Simpson states in the above quote: Money doesn’t change you, it just helps you be who you really are. It’s up to you to decide what money allows you to really become. Will it be the best possible version of yourself or the worst?