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Mary Jaksch/GoodlifeZEN

Beautiful post!

I think one of the secrets of living a vivid and exciting life is never to run out of plans for the future. And the plans we make need to be steep learning curves. That keeps us challenged and growing.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

Thanks, Mary!

I like your idea of "steep learning curves." For me, by nature, my learning curve is slow in the beginning but rapidly steepens once I begin to "get it."

I guess my skull is so thick it takes a while for things to get into my brain! At least those things stay there once they gain entrance.

Patience is truly a virtue...

"Nature never hurries -- yet all is accomplished." ~ Lau Tzu


Sumit Kumar

Between 'Living for Money' and 'Money to Live' there is a very fine line. With so much happening in one's life it is very easy to forget this. No doubt money is one of the very essential things one needs to live like water and air but one should always draw this fine line to it as it can very soon end up consuming most of your time and life.

I think it this way. Life is time and time although is "LIKE" money but not really money as you cannot replenish it like money and once the time is spent it cannot be earned back or replenished. This means that whatever time one has in his or her life should be spent as wisely as possibly and some planning for it will definitely help in making wise choices for your time investment. Looking forward for your tips Kent!!

Thanks for the nice post!!!

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

Thanks, Sumit!

If one thinks correctly, one will realize that neither time nor money can be "saved" -- they can only be "invested."

Thanks again...



I'm looking forward to learning more about this, Kent.

Thanks for the insight.


This post makes me think of life differently. Money is a tool but society fools so many people including myself into obtaining it for material pleasures

Mike Stankavich

Kent, thanks for your insight. This post was very timely for me, as I just went through a significant perspective shift in this regard.

I recently landed a consulting engagement for nearly double the rate I had ever billed before. At first I was thrilled by the money that I would receive, but then as the engagement progressed, I realized it was still just work. I did my thing, sent an invoice, and got paid, just like always. The fact that there was a bigger number on the invoice didn't add any deeper meaning to it at all.

Now more than ever before, I want to be sure that my work is integrated with my life plan, and not that my life is integrated with my career plan, to paraphrase what you said.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher

Mike, thanks for sharing your personal experience. I realized, a few years ago, that I was living for money when my (then) 4-year old son asked me why I was away from home so often. I told him I was "working to earn money for all the things we have."

My son quickly replied, "I'd rather have my Daddy than money."

He was (and still is) right. I changed my life and I'll never go back to making my life a tool for a money plan.

Thanks again for the comment...


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People also perform better when motivated by the interest, enjoyment and challenge of the work itself, not by external pressures or rewards.

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