4 Things That Are More Important Than More Money

I teach public speaking courses. When we talk about human motivators, I ask my students what are some of the things they want most in life. Guess what the #1 answer is? That’s right… more money.

More money: Photo of a box full of money.It never fails. Every quarter. Year after year. The #1 answer is more money. People put a lot of importance on money. Perhaps, too much.

Minimalism and money have an interesting relationship. On one hand, if we don’t focus on material stuff, money seems to become less important. On the other hand, when we live a minimalist lifestyle, we save money. We have more money. But saving money shouldn’t be the primary reason for being minimalist.

Things More Important Than More Money

  1. Health: All the money in the world can’t buy you good health. Taking care of ourselves is more important than money. Take time to exercise, eat right, and destress regularly.
  2. Family: Our relationships should take priority over more money. I’ve watched too many people make the mistake of misplacing their energy. They spend time chasing money and forget what’s really important in life: family and friends.
  3. Time: More money won’t buy you more time. You only get one chance to live. If you use all your time trying to get rich, you’ll lose the true richness of life: Spending time doing the things you love with the ones you love.
  4. Faith: Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.” Our spiritual walk should always come before money. Otherwise, we’ll put so much emphasis on our possessions that we’ll lose our faith.

More Money Isn’t Everything

Minimalism helps you save money which means you’ll have more money. But there are more important things in life than money. Your health, your family, your time, and your faith are all things you can’t afford to lose.

Next time you find yourself getting stressed out about money… Stop! Remember what’s really important. Next time you find yourself working too hard. Take a break. Live simple and put your focus on the best things in life.

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4 Comments

    1. Hey Joe, thanks for stopping over. I think money can make things better… for others and then in turn for ourselves. This post is only half of the equation. It’s all in how much emphasis we put on money for money’s sake. We can use our money for positive ends. I have some more pondering to do on the topic of money.

  1. Sure, money is important, and having ENOUGH of it can make life better. No one wants to go hungry or homeless or without education and medical care because of lack of money. But once you reach a certain level (much lower than most people think), more money doesn’t make your life better. You’re totally right that one’s health, family/friends, time to learn/explore/create/relax, and faith are what make life worth living.

    1. You’re right, Karen. Our true level of need is actually much lower than we think. Until I was 30 years old, I never made more than $10,000 in a year. But I survived and those were some great times, too.

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