Who are your money heroes?
I've found it life-changing to reflect on this. Without clarifying your thoughts on this question, here's what tends to happen...
You take on someone else's dream -- without consciously choosing it. It's often the dream of making "6-figures" (or 7-figures). Because the "money heroes" who are best at getting our attention are the ones are selling us the 6+ figure dream.
For years I pursued that dream. I successfully attained it... but then, I discovered I had reached a mirage.
I had built a business I actually didn't love.
I also found that many of my 6-figure peers were stressed out -- secretly feeling imprisoned by their business -- and compelled by peer pressure to always pursue the next financial goal (7-figures!)
But they weren't being public about their deep unease... and therefore, the 6 or 7-figure dream continues to be sold as the thing everyone should go for.
It took me a long time to come across a few money heroes that I could truly admire...
These are ones who feel to me to be in right-relationship with money and service. They aren't the financially richest, yet they are deeply joyful, generous to others, and have inner & outer peace. Perhaps that's a better definition of success than "lots of money"?
Studying them has helped me connect my higher values to my business-building.
By sharing them with you, I hope it might save some unnecessary striving and suffering. May this help clarify your own true livelihood.
My "money" heroes:
1. Derek Sivers
2. Leo Babauta
My "moneyless" heroes:
3. Peace Pilgrim
4. Daniel Suelo
After describing each, I'll summarize my thoughts at the bottom of this post...
NOTE: They aren't perfect models. I believe each human soul has his/her own unique path.
They are great inspirations for us to choose our own money model, mindfully.
George Kao is a Marketing Coach for Counselors, Coaches, Speakers, and Authors. He focuses on ethical & effective ways to grow one's platform and build true livelihood.