April 8, 2008

Show me the money!

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:24 am by RJ

One of my friends signature has a line after his name & coordinates which reads “I look at Forbes 100 richest men, if I am not there, I go to work”. Out of curiosity, I asked him, “Do you really mean it? to which he replied, “If I am not there, I would feel I haven’t achieved enough?” I left from that place thinking to myself, “Is money that important in life, that sombody thinks it as a goal to be achieved?”

As usual, I started reading through bulletins, talking to friends, read almost everything on how people perceive the importance of money. I came across a quote which goes like this – “When you have all the money in the world, you fail to recognize youself & when you have no money with you others fail to recognize you!” – anonymous. Now this quote strikes a balance between the importance of money & perhaps, other things. Other things could be family, friends, work, health etc. I asked my friends 2 different questions.

1) Does money make you happy? – the responses were in negation when pitted against family, friends etc.

2) Does money make you unhappy? (Does the financial problems concern you? is the right way of interpreting this question)- A firm “yes” came out as an answer from most of my friends. Out of the 10 folks I spoke to all prioritized (most important – important) in the order of family, friends and money. Nobody said money is not important :). My dear friend Kurt believed family+friends+money = peace. I couldn’t agree more!

Let’s not get lost in the process of earning money that we forget ourselves, our family and friends. Money can buy everything but happiness.

Earn enough, spend sensibly, care more, he happy!


  1. kurt said,

    Its really sad to see, where this world is heading towards. Everybody is running behind money these days…

    Btw I should be getting royalty for all my dialouges… šŸ˜‰


  2. Ashok said,

    It’s good, but it will be great if you can reduce the frequency of your posting, ofcourse then i don’t need to read every thing and post my comments.

  3. Brinda said,

    helloooo…. very true…money is essential but not to the extent of forgetting to live ur life in the process of earning money…money here today gone tomo….so save enuff to hav a good life… šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

  4. RJ said,

    @kurt – Money is big in this small world, but as I said, let’s not forget the other numerous things which are qually or more important and not necessarily be materialistic.

    Acc. to me royalty = money, so its contradicting the message. šŸ™‚

    @ashok – I really can’t help when my working mind works faster than your reading mind šŸ™‚ But again I am also posting it coz’ I write faster. I think the kickboxing classes kinda helped my speed :)! Keep commenting dude, all appreciated!

    @brinda – Hello, welcome to the world of commenting! šŸ™‚ Hope to see you around here too! I gotto start saving buddy – thanks for the tips offline!

    I gotto jet, ciao!

  5. Chaitanya said,

    My mantra is “family+friends+money+ATTITUDE = peace” šŸ™‚

    Money is a necessity in today’s world, but how much is the question? One should know where to strike a balance between necessity and greed.

    Having said that, without this attitude (“I look at Forbes 100 richest men, if I am not there, I go to work”.), we probably wouldn’t have many of the Fortune 500 companies. For many, more than the MONEY, its the sense of achievement, success and passion to do something which drives them.

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