I love my job. In fact, it’s difficult for me to call it a job. The word job implies a duty that must be performed whether one enjoys or despises it. However, for my job I find myself traveling the world to beautiful places many would love to visit on vacation. I recently returned from San Francisco, arguably one of the most scenic cities in the United States, if not the world. I visited the island of Alcatraz, once an infamous and feared maximum security prison, now a tourist site. I ate at Fisherman’s Wharf while watching the multi-colored sail boats gliding through the gorgeous San Francisco bay with the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop. I shivered with the thrill of living this life.
My job entails teaching, inspiring, and motivating people in the science and art of mastering money. Many people say that money can’t buy happiness. I disagree with this. As I sat at pier 39 eating my seafood lunch, I was a very happy man. I’m not implying that one has to travel to beautiful places or eat sumptuous meals or take exotic cruises to be happy. Not by any means. But I was very happy then and am very happy doing this thing I call a job.
See, my job gives me the opportunity to unravel the mysteries of money while helping others learn to master it. I often find that the mysteries of money are found in the false statements often repeated to us as children. For example, money can’t make you happy. Let’s debunk that statement and talk about what it really means.
I have found that in fact, money can make you happy. It’s not the having of money or not having money that determines happiness. It’s what you do with it or without it that determines one’s happiness. Many relatively poor individuals are happy because they have discovered contentment with what they do have. Others have much and are unhappy because they never learned to be content with or without it.
You see, contentment comes one of two ways. The first: get everything you think you want in life. The second: want everything you already have in life. Simply put, get what you want or want what you have. Now, happiness is different than contentment. Happiness is a byproduct. If you chase happiness, it will elude you. However, if you seek to make others happy, happiness follows you. If I don’t have much but I’ve learned to be content with what I have, then I won’t be chasing money in order to make me happy. So, why then do I travel the world to make money? Simple. Money helps me make others happy, and when I am helping to make others live better, richer, and happier lives I find my greatest happiness. I enjoyed San Francisco not because I was on vacation spoiling myself (although that can be a ton of short-term fun too), but because I was teaching scores of people how to follow the path I found to be true happiness.
That being said, if all I taught others was how to make a bundle of cash, that wouldn’t explain the mystery of money and it wouldn’t help them master money. If you don’t learn how to become the master of your money, it can quickly master you. You become a slave to it. And no one has found happiness when they are a slave to anything, especially money. What I do teach is mastery. When money begins to work for you, you are able to use it to change your world and the world around you. And that, is when money can make you happy.
Let me illustrate this point. As I travel the world, not only do I see the beautiful and exotic, I also visit the poor and destitute. Presently, I am raising money to build an orphanage for hundreds of boys and girls in India who are unwanted and unloved. Whew! When I think about those little faces, my heart breaks. But when I see them being loved, nourished, clothed, and educated by my dollars, my heart swells within me and I feel a happiness that is indescribable.
When I speak to thousands each year about how to follow my path of mastering money, it makes me incredibly happy to know how happy they will be when they use their dollars to change their world. Some critics may accuse me of chasing money, others accuse me of chasing happiness. Yet, they are all wrong. What I’m actually chasing is my dream to make others as happy as I am. And that makes me dance like a boy who just won a ticket to visit Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
Follow us as I continue to unravel more of the mysteries of money.