“Time is money.”
“Money doesn’t grow on trees.”
“There is no such thing as a free lunch.”
“I don’t get out of bed for less than…”
“What’s your hourly rate?”
All of these phrases you would have heard of. All of them are either untrue or unhelpful.
There is no doubt that money is a significant part of our lives. We genuinely can’t live without it. We spend most of our waking hours working to get it, then spending in, then wondering where it went. I shudder to think about the amount of spreadsheets that are used globally to track it and attempt to predict it, mostly inaccurately.
But there is more to life than money. I am definitely not the first person to say that. What does it mean though? What is this ‘more to life’ that people talk about?
It means that there are other things in life that are a more important filter to help decide how we spend our time, or what we put our money to, or who we want to become.
As James Clear says, “Nobody will ever pay you to go on a date with your spouse or take your kids to the park or grab coffee with your parents.”
Being generous with our money, time and attention will help to shape a life outside of money. It will be well rounded. It will have purpose. It will bring joy.