It's schoolies time!! I live in Byron Bay, Australia and the graduating Years 12s will descend upon us here next week, to party and celebrate the end of an era.
What comes next is a big question for all of these teens. Some will have crystal clear vision and have already been accepted into courses for next year and others will be confused and lost for a while to come.
Have you found your direction? Are you fulfilled by your work?
When I ask mothers where they would like to see their teen in ten years time most say happy, in a job they enjoy, contributing to society, content with their lot, and finished school and uni - or some variation on this theme.
Finding a job they enjoy is essential to their satisfaction in life. If you answered that you are fulfilled by your work I'm guessing that your in a job that utilises your gifts and strengths, where you are valued for what you do, and where what you do has a positive impact on society.
“Money doesn’t make you happy.”
“Money is the root of all evil.”
“Poverty is a noble spiritual path.”
And on and on it goes…
What beliefs do you have around money? Where did they come from? Your parents? Society? Economics?
When I first went to university I studied Commerce with the goal of being an investment banker (I was good at maths and I wanted to earn lots of money).
I then learnt about economics and the finance system and the mantra that got drilled in us was “the only important thing is increasing shareholder value”.
Do you worry about the future? Whether you will have enough money to survive? Do you worry about your child’s future? Whether they will be able to cope in the world of money?
How much money do you think you would need in order to feel totally secure?
I’ll tell you a secret… it’s possible to achieve complete financial security with zero dollars…
I once travelled NZ for five months with exactly zero dollars… I was living on a prayer…. totally focused and committed to being in the present moment… and trusting that the future would look after itself… it did…