When I start talking about money, I feel like I'm walking on eggshells or opening up a can of worms. If I talk too much about the M word, I come across as being too obsessed with money.
We can't deny the fact that in the real world, money is important. We're not even talking about having too much money here. Let's say you're fired from your job, having no savings can make you desperate. To me, building wealth is merely building a nest egg to cushion against any unforseen circumstances.
Many people like to link wealth with unhappiness. I wonder why? Sure, the tabloids are filled with people fighting over inheritance and wealth. It could be these are the type of people who like to fight anyway. So, if they're not fighting over money, they would probably be fighting over something else. Scandals like this sell!
Sure, we don't need lots of money to be charitable. I am not wealthy but I have seen how a US$50 loan to improvished women in Africa had helped them start up a business, generate income to feed the family and even earn extra to pay back the loans. This was done through KIVA where layman like us pool together funds to help entrepreneurs in 3rd world countries. The two women I had funded managed to pay back loan amounts ranging from US$500-$1,000 within 1 year! Quite admirable.
On a similar vein, my small annual contribution keeps several Tibetan monks fed and educated at a tiny village school run by volunteers. One year, I was late in paying the sponsorship and I realised that my tardiness could mean the little kids may be deprived of an education. If I stopped a single purchase of a designer handbag, I could sponsor 3 little monks for a year.
We're privileged to live in a country that gives us opportunity to build wealth. I've seen housewives who have built a thriving business on eBay. How did they start? By selling their old clothes. Being successful gives them a sense of fulfilment. Maybe money will make them greedy for more but then again, it goes back to the person's core values.
In my line of business, some of the wealthiest people are also the humblest. You wouldn't be able to tell the difference just by looking at them. They're just as grounded as we are. They have come to terms with their wealth.