Get Rich Slowly is the final entrant in JLP’s Question-of-the-Day Marathon. There have been many thought-provoking questions over the past month; I hope you’ve had a chance to contribute at some of the participating sites. My question is:
When I was a boy, my family was poor. Money then meant necessities to me. It was the key to obtaining essentials, especially food and clothing. Sometimes it opened other doors, too: candy, comic books, movies. But mostly it was a means to obtain the things we needed to survive.
When I was a young adult, however, my attitude changed. My father had a successful business venture, so we had more money when I was in high school. I went to a college where I was surrounded by kids from wealthy and successful families. I began to view money as the means whereby I could acquire the luxuries my peers seemed to already have. I acquired a lot of luxuries. I bought anything I wanted: books, computers, video games, gadgets, etc. I bought things even if I didn’t have the money.
Now that I have reached middle-age, money represents freedom. For more than a decade I’ve been chained to the debt I accumulated while pursuing luxuries. I understand what a foolish choice that was. Now I see that money allows a person to pursue the things that are most important to him: friends, fellowship, vocation. If I want to stay home and write full-time, then I must eliminate all debts. I need to accumulate capital to support myself.
That’s what money has meant to me. Now it’s your turn: What does money mean to you?
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Next I have to commit myself to the goals that I have set out so that I can achieve them. I know that for me to begin my journey to get where I want to be in life I have to apply myself to my studies. By studying hard for exams and completing my assignments I am ensuring myself that I will finish college with the best grades that I can get, and this will lead me to being accepted to my chosen University. For me to commit myself to travelling someplace new every year I have to force myself to save the money that I make, and that can be quite difficult when you have responsibilities to deal with. Committing myself to the goals that I’ve set takes a great deal of work and patience, but the key is to not push myself too hard and let some steam off once in a while.
Once I have accomplished my goals I can finally reap the rewards. By earning my degree I can get the dream job that I want and afford my travels. To me there’s nothing better than travelling the world, meeting new people, understanding different cultures, and trying different foods. To me that is a reward worth committing myself for.
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