I heard something I’m not a huge fan of (I prefer music), and I decided to use it as inspiration for a blog post.
What did I hear?
I heard some kids.
Not too uncommon.
True, and they were just saying ‘normal kid stuff’…right?
- "I don’t have that much money!"
- "Can you buy it for me?"
- "Maybe you can save up!"
- "I need like… a dollar."
- "My allowance is only –"
- "Shut u-u-u-p."
- "Come on! Please? Just gimme a buck."
- "OMG, like, you’re my best friend."
- "If I had 5 million, I’d give you like, 4 million for no reason."
- "You’re so nice."
No big deal, right?
These kids were being honest and showing their true colors, and the message they were sending was:
"everything I really want is out of reach ’cause of money (and probably always will be)."
Money All Around (See It?)
These kids have been taught pretty terrible stuff about money and value, and now it’s habit for ‘em.
It will probably stay that way for a while.
Which kinda sucks, but it doesn’t have to be that way…
…and I’ll tell you how shortly.
These kids don’t realize it, but it’s likely they’re gonna grow up to have a rough time with money, and I see the attitudes of "difficulty", "struggle", "limitation", "need", and "sacrifice" already shining through their words.
For every excuse they had about why they couldn’t get their extra dessert, there are hundreds of money-based things around for them to appreciate, but they don’t think they way yet.
And that’s okay. I’ve been there.
I believed, thought, and said the same kinds of things.
What they didn’t realize — and what you probably don’t either — is that you’re practically swimming in a sea of money, right now.
Racks on racks on racks of it are all around you, and I bet you can’t see it.
In fact if you’re like most people, all you see is a ‘desperate need for more.‘
But that’s just an attitude. Most people won’t admit this, but deep down they’re afraid they’re gonna die and never get what they want unless they get more money — and fast.
That attitude’s killer. But hey, whatever works for you.
I’m gonna shed a little light on things — ’cause I’m badass like that — and because I like giving people the straight up truth.
I care about life, I care about the economy, and I care about you.
I f***ing care.
So here we go:
Right now, you’re benefitting from this blog post, and the reason is…
…people made and spent money.
Lots more than you think.
This blog post is way more value than you realize, not because I’m special (though I am pretty awesome), but because I typed it on a ‘Dre Beats’ HP Envy Laptop.
Do you have any idea how many "life’s-works" went into creating my laptop?
Is it "just" a laptop, or is it an incredibly passionate human achievement that some people had to dedicate their lives to invent and distribute?
Is it "just" a laptop, or did it start as a dream that funded and fueled the economy in big ways, and continues to do so every time I create on it?
Is it "just" a laptop, or did it reaching my hands involve the incredible investment of workers, venture capitalists, inventors, advertisers, factories, industries, and more?
When I look at the beautiful stuff we have in our lives, I see money.
Money is all around and it’s all how you look at it. You can see it like the kids I mentioned, or like me.
And you can do this with anything, at anytime — no one’s stopping you from appreciating.
Got a favorite piece of clothing? Realize the heart, soul, and money it took to get it into your hands. Got a favorite tool? Same deal. Favorite restaurant? Ditto.You can even appreciate toilet paper. Yeah, I said it.
You can laugh, but TP is a game-changer <grin>, and there are places that don’t have it.
Do you really appreciate why things exist in your life, or are they just "more crap" to deal with? Think about it.
For me to blog a few hundred words — took the heart, soul, and passionate life’s work of many people. No joke. You could interview some of them if you wanted to find them.
If you did you’d hear the stories of what they did and how they lived to create things for people like us.
This blog post is part of the backbone of the economy.
And don’t even get me started on the rockin’ coffee shop I wrote it in (Panera Bread Co.) or what my parents invested to raise me.
Guys, I want you to get this…
…people aren’t a drain on the economy — people ARE the economy. They’re the buyers, the sellers, the creators, the distributors — and even if some don’t look like it right now… they’re about to be.
I see everyone as super-valuable.
See, while the kids were whining about their dessert and allowance limitations, I was deeply appreciating the fact that I have a solid foundation to create from.
I’m thrilled that the staff at this bakery are able to easily get to work through the incredible value a car provides.
We used to have carriages and hand-cranks.
People always get MORE of what they love purely.
Those kids and I have totally different attitudes towards money, economic value, and life.
If there’s something I can’t afford– I’m automatically thinking of solutions on how I can contribute more value and reap more rewards.
ZERO percent of my energy or moments are wasted on complaining. I replaced all that with appreciating my f***ing amazing life and creations – and I adopted this attitude while I was homeless.
You can too.
No Hate, Though
Let me be clear: I’m not saying all this to hate on the kids — they’re in a phase, and it’s important to go through — I went through it too, and probably for longer.
I used to think I was ‘better than the government’, and I ‘deserved more,’ and I could ‘do a better job’ with the economy and I was ‘limited’ and others kept ‘taking all the money’ etc.
But I dropped those attitudes, ’cause… well… they suck and achieve pretty much… nothing.
Do you have any idea how many material things flow in and out of your life, and they’re all ‘money’ if you really pay attention?
All of them give you an easier way to live and create. They’re provided so you can do something awesome.
So you can contribute your part to the economy.
And "contributing your part" means NOT bitching. It means dropping thoughts like "I wish I could…" and "It’s hard because…" and "I couldn’t afford…"
Yes you can. 100% certain.
It might’ve been a while since a someone truly believed in you.
A while since someone told you "you can" and you really felt it, but I’m gonna say it to you again, and you’re gonna feel it like a giant high-five from a really close friend.
By dropping the excuses that society’s hammered into you, admitting that yes, you’re a badass, and then leveraging whatever you have to make something cool and deliver it to the world.
Realize that you’re resourceful, and that resources aren’t a big deal.
Are you resourceful?
Damn right you are. And you knew it when you were a kid.
When you were a kid you knew you were fun, valuable, creative, and resourceful.
Maybe you forgot that stuff.
That’s cool, Ryze is here to save the day
Think Different, Talk Different
From now on, you’re replacing bitching and moaning about money, resources and struggle with appreciation for stuff that you HAVE.
‘Cause everybody has ballin’ shit to appreciate in life, if they want to look.
You have solid ground to live and play on. (You didn’t have to PAY for the Earth.)
You have beautiful sun, rain, and environment which generate food that you have access to. (Farmers didn’t have to PAY for the first food to grow.)
You have a computer to read this on, wicked powerful technology, (maybe you even paid for it), but your PC has delivered it’s value a many times over.
Appreciate it. How helpful has it been to your life?
You have stuff that’s extremely valuable in your life – that you probably take for granted everyday – usually while you’re busy bitching or worrying about money.
No one’s gonna give you the truth this straight, but I really want to see you grow and flourish and succeed, and success isn’t gonna happen if you hate on money and disrespect all the value around you.
Make a promise to yourself– care about yourself and replace complaints with appreciation.
Take it from a guy who’s been homeless twice, arrested, and much more. You can learn these lessons on your own like I did, or you can learn them from my passionate words, right now.
Which sounds easier?
All I’m saying is…
Appreciate your life, there really is money everywhere, and appreciating it as much as possible will lead to more, just like it does for appreciating anything.
Rock on and ryze up.
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