I read an article recently about wealth and money. It is not quite in the vein of those articles that remind you to count your blessings/ re-imagine what you have. That article was from some years back and it’s horribly long, but what I got out of it follows. Of course, some of it is interpretation (or embellishment).
You can be an employee and earn your keep. That’s one choice. But, surely, if you were working on your own account and every cent you make is yours, you would put in more effort. Choosing employment is akin to choosing to work at a reduced pace, impliedly (but not necessarily) for a longer period.
Imagine another path. You are creating your own product/ service. You probably have to work very hard, but hopefully for a shorter period. Taking a step, they say. Something new, giving it a try, congratulations.
But whether or not the potential to earn more faster exists for us in Singapore, the thing that struck me was this. Money is a way of moving wealth. But what is wealth really? It is food, clothes, your house, your first trip overseas, a month off work. Money is the convenient way to have a universal counter but calmly looked at, is nothing more than printed paper.
If you create something – be it software, or say, a table, a drawing – you have created wealth. What you have created is a discernible object that can now be measured by money. Instead of worrying about being able to grab what is available out there, the act of creation allows you to make wealth. Of course, as to whether you actually translate your creation into money is a slightly different issue. But at the end of the day, you would at least have something that you are happy to put out there and hopefully, enjoyed the process of making of.
So, I guess I am asking you to count your blessings. But what I wanted to say was that sometimes, we forget what wealth really is.