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What is $100 truly worth?

Posted Sep 01 2008 7:21pm

I saw one of the most profound things the other day. I was waiting to see my mentor, and noticed a child, about 5 or 6 years old, who was asking for $100 from him dad. The dad was ignoring him, engaged in a conversation with another person. The child persisted with getting hiw $100. He kept asking and asking. He screamed and pulled on his dad’s clothes so he could get it.

Finally, after about 5 minutes of persistence, his dad looks at him and gives him some coins from his pocket. The kid was SO happy. He said, “Wow… $100.” With a huge smile on his face, he walked around with so much confidence and pride walking with what he “thought” was $100. Then he looked up at his dad and asked, “Is this $100.” The dad smiled and said, “Yes it is.” In actuality, he probably gave him about $0.50 in loose change. But that didn’t matter. The the child, he saw $100.

I started to think about what happened at that moment and reflected on myself and thousands of people that I talk with every day. Does that child KNOW what $100 really is? Does he KNOW what he will do with it? Or is it about the GETTING it rather than EXPERIENCING it? Realistically, this child has no concept of currency, which begs the question, “Why did he want it? Did he hear someone else wanting it and in turn wanted it himself?”

I started thinking about my own mentality and the mentality of others. I always hear, “Man, I wish I could win the lottery.” But if we’re honest with ourselves, most of the time we don’t know WHY we really want it. We’ve never won the lottery, so why do we want it so much?! A lot of people have this “ideal” about what will happen when they win. They say that they’ll travel the world and give to charity, they’ll clean themselves up and start over with more options, or they’ll start doing the things that they’ve always wanted to do.

Truthfully, these types of “goals” are not going to create the ideal “happiness” that they really want. It’s nothing more than “perceived happiness”. I’ve analyzed my personal goals. I noticed how I wanted to make $1,000,000. But the truth is that I could easily meet my goals with less than $100,000. I see that the $1,000,000 is a mindset. It’s nothing more, nothing less.

I listened to a billionaire speak about his net worth. He said that after reaching your financial security point, the money you make after that is nothing more than a score card. He said that after all your expenses and dreams are satisfied, what else is there to buy. It becomes nothing more than a numbers on a sheet of paper.

With this said, I invite you to look at what your goals are. Are they “wishful thinking” or do they have a real purpose? I have found that the real reason why people succeed is in their PURPOSE for obtaining it. They KNOW what they will do when they have it! And that’s what I’m inviting you to discover. Look at your goals and reflect on whether or not you REALLY WANT IT or if you were TOLD YOU SHOULD HAVE IT. Know WHY you want what you want, and I guarentee that you will be that much closer to getting it!

I’d love to hear your stories. More success to you!

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