• Steve Martin

Your Money and Your Life - Six Basic Principles - Part 1 of 7


Have you lost control of your life in the pursuit or money and “stuff"?

Do you spend more time organizing and paying bills than enjoying life?

If so, you are not alone.

You may be a victim of a syndrome that has become known as “Affluenza.”

Many of us suffer from affluenza, which Wikipedia defines as:

1. The bloated, sluggish, and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses.

2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste, and indebtedness caused by the pursuit of the American Dream.

3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.

Those who support this term believe that the benefits of valuing material wealth are vastly outweighed by the costs of doing that.

They believe that those who become wealthy often find that economic success leaves them unfulfilled and hungry for more (wealth).

This condition is considered more acute in those with inherited wealth, who often experience guilt, lack of purpose, and unconstrained behavior, as well as being obsessed with holding on to that wealth.

They find that they are constantly struggling with how to make their money and their lives work.

Some have called it the classic battle of “Your Money OR Your Life.” I like to think of it as “Your Money AND Your Life.”

The two (Money and Life) are inextricably tied together. You cannot separate them – no matter how hard you try. You really have to make them both work.

And I believe you can.

I have identified six principles that will allow you to live a life that is full, meaningful, balanced, integrated, and fully on purpose, and places money in its proper perspective.

My next six blogs will address each of these principles in detail.

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