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?

BDCFGQFGP: Aristotle on achieving what you want in life

“First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods.  Third, adjust all your means to that end.”

– Aristotle

Love this quote because it perfectly describes what you need to do to make your dreams a reality.

Three steps.

Will you do it?




Busy days call for great quotes from great people.

Busy days call for great quotes from great people

Maybe I’ll start calling these posts, BDCFGQFGPs.

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.”
Quote via REDEFMedia

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Math

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Math

Yesterday, my wife sent me a great quote from Neil deGrasse Tyson. The above image is not the same one she sent me because I couldn’t find the source for that image so I used a different one.  The quote is about people saying they are just not good at math.

Many people in my life have uttered a similar phrase.  Sadly, many of those people are women who were brought up to believe they weren’t good at math.  That’s not at all true.  You may not be good at math but it’s not because you were predisposed to be awful at it.  Yes, you may never be as smart as Neil deGrasse Tyson or Matt Damon’s character in, Good Will Hunting, but there is no reason you can’t solve  high school and college math.

One of my goals for raising both of my children is to instill in them the idea that there is no, “I’m just not good enough,” mentality that many people create for themselves. People aren’t good at a subject because they never received the proper training,  encouragement, and/or they didn’t give the proper amount of effort.  Sometime one of those three key areas were missing but for most people it was a combination.  Learning something comes down to three things: instruction, help, and practice.  This will be a future blog post.

I’m not a math genius, but I wouldn’t say I don’t do math because like Tyson states in the above picture. If I told you couldn’t read you’d think I was an idiot. Why is math any different?  I know a lot of people who completely write someone off when proclaim they don’t like reading or don’t read books.  I’m one of those people.  If that’s true then it should work the other way around.  I should think the same way about people who say they don’t do math.

Back to my kids.

One of my life goals is to instill a sense of purpose in my children about why they should take an interest in math.  A lot of people grew up not understanding why they were learning math.  Many felt it was something they’d never use in the future. I was one of those kids. Adults in my life would tell me, “I never use calculus in my adult life.” That doesn’t mean that math isn’t important.  You may never use linear equations just like you may never get the opportunity to quote Meville or Hemingway.

You learn both of these things because they make you a more complete person.

Also, if you go to school and get really good at math, then there are a lot of jobs out there for people with high level math skills. There are many people using math every day.  Not surprisingly, their making a lot of money and having fun.



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Alice Walker Power

Alice Walker Power

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

– Alice Walker

This beautiful image is not mine.  I found it on Pinterest via Jen S and I had share it. Check it out on Pinterest HERE.

Twain on Disappointment 

Twain on Disappointment 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowl ones, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.

– Mark Twain

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