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Money is the Root of All Evil


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Money is the Root of All Evil

  1. 1. is the Root of All EvilMoney is the Root of All Evil – You’ve Heard it BeforeMoney is the root of all evil, you’ve probably read or heard someone say this before. I’veheard it more than once, and I’ve even had some say it’s a quote from the Bible. It actuallyis in the Bible (1 Timothy 6:10), but it says “…the love of money is the root of all evil…“. I’mnot going to give a Biblical lesson here, but I wanted to point that out because thedifference between “money is the root of all evil” and “the love of money is the root of allevil” is significant. Put simply, this to me is talking about greed, and greed can encompassmore than just money.I bring this topic up because of something that happened recently. I ordered the following 3books from Amazon: Think and Grow Rich, The Secret Code of Success, and The Science ofGetting Rich. They arrived by mail just the other day, and whenever we get a package bymail my daughter is almost always excited to see what’s in it; even if it isn’t for her. So hereshe is hovering, and I can see she is starting to get antsy because she wants me to hurryup and she MUST see what’s in this box!Anyway, I tell her to go ahead and open it and she gets right to it. She loves books andloves to read. She takes a look at the 3 books checking out the title of each. Her initialreaction wasn’t unexpected, she thought that these books looked boring, she’s 13 by theway. However, after that she asked me if I was money hungry and basically wanted to knowif I was going to become greedy and evil.I asked her why she would think that would happen and she said because money is evil. Iasked her why she thought money is evil and she said it’s because people with lots ofmoney are evil. She named off a few people, of whom I won’t mention; but most werepoliticians.If Money is the Root of All Evil, Then Rich People are EvilThis kind of thinking is wrong. I explained to my daughter that money is just an object, andthat it’s not good or evil. What people do with money will determine if it’s used for good orevil. We are conditioned to believe that money is bad, and that being broke is somehowbetter; and that people with lots of money are bad. I use to think the same way.
  2. 2. My Mindset ChangedI’ll just tell it like it is, after I joined Empower Network I received an email titled Rich PeopleSuck… That email, in conjunction with listening to some of the leaders’ training in EmpowerNetwork, had a significant impact on me. I actually did a post on it last year, and you canread that post here. I want to share that email a second time here because I feel it is thatimportant. It’s long, but worth reading!Hey,This is not a short email, but smart people will read it all the way through.So, if you don’t have time to read this entire email right now, save it as “Unread”and/or print it out to read later. It’s that important.I didn’t grow up rich.Maybe you didn’t either.I wasn’t exactly “destitute”. I don’t remember missing any meals.But, I know what it’s like to wear hand-me-down clothes.Or not feeling like I fit in with the other kids because I didn’t have the latest “BestNew Thing”.And, just like you, I heard a lot of talk about money when I was growing up.Mostly from grownups who said things like:– Money doesn’t grow on trees– The love of money is the root of all evil– We might not be wealthy but at least we’re honest– Maybe it’s just not God’s will for me to have moneyEver heard those? I’ll bet you have. You can probably add a few I haven’t heardbefore.In fact, here’s one that we’ve ALL learned. How do I know?Because it’s a constant theme in every movie, TV show, and book you read:==> Rich people are evil, mean, nasty, and unethical.Think about it:
  3. 3. Who’s the bad guy in Harry Potter?The rich kid, and his rich dad.Who’s the bad guy in Superman?The rich guy, Lex Luthor.Who’s the bad guy in Spiderman?The rich industrialist.And who’s the good guy in these stories? Always an orphan.Always someone who’s been mistreated. Always someone who thinks money isunimportant or unnecessary.Take a look at the movie Titanic: the ONLY “good guys” in that movie were thepoor, broke people down in 3rd class. And who were the rich people? The stupid,shallow, rich people who were all up on first class arguing about whether to havemint sauce on their lamb chops.FACT: We are conditioned to believe that money is bad and that being broke issomehow better.Now, here’s why I’m telling you this….Your mind is like a computer. It records everything.And from the time that you and I were little, our brain has been soaking up allthese opinions about money and wealth.And even though they’re completely untrue in real life….….they can prevent you from being wealthy.Think about it: if your goal is to be an honest, ethical, loving, caring, and generousperson……….and you believe that having money will make you evil, mean, nasty, andgreedy….…your mind will not let you take actions that might increase your income. You’llsabotage yourself every time.And you won’t even know it’s happening.Get that. Really get that.And you’ve probably experienced this. I know I have.
  4. 4. HERE’S AN EXAMPLE….Picture you’re sitting at a stoplight and a beautiful Mercedes 600 pulls up besideyou. It’s a $250,000 automobile.What’s your first reaction?“Look at that stupid rich prick driving that big ol’ car.He probably thinks he’s better than everyone.”OR“Wow, look at that car! What an amazing vehicle! Isn’t it amazing that such athing exists! I’ll bet that is an incredible thing to drive!”If your response to simply seeing a person sitting in a car was to automaticallylabel them as a mean, evil, nasty person…………what does that say about your attitude about money?HERE’S ANOTHER EXAMPLE:You’re looking for a way to create more income. You want a better life for yourfamily. So you start looking for ways to do that.You find one. You find an opportunity where people are making tons of money andwhere they seem to be having a blast doing it!It’s an opportunity to break away from the herd and start living the life youdeserve.But…..rather than jump in, you start saying things like:“Hmm…it sounds too good to be true.”“If it’s so good, why haven’t I heard of it before?”“I don’t know…if I made that kind of money, I wouldn’t know what to do about thetaxes.”“I don’t know…..this looks like something I’ve never done before.”And — SNAP — just like that, without even realizing you’re doing it, you sabotageyourself and push away the very opportunity you were looking for.My friend, people go their entire LIVES in this cycle of “almost breaking away”and then getting sucked back in.It’s tragic. It’s the story of poverty. It’s the story of mediocrity.
  5. 5. HERE’S THE SOLUTION IF YOU WANT TO START LIVINGTHE LIFE YOU DESERVE:You have to make friends with money.You have to stop fighting against the very thing you’re trying to get.You have to be willing to see that money flows all around you. You only need tofind out where the money is going and get in front of it.You have to realize that money isn’t good OR bad. It’s neutral. It’s what youDO with money that makes the difference.Did you get that last bit? Money is neutral, what you do with money makes the difference!Stop Settling for MediocrityDon’t settle to be something less, when you know that you can be something more. Livefully into the person that you are meant to be.If you enjoyed this post please ‘like & share’ this page so someone else can benefit fromit!Lead with Value – Live with Purpose,Adam WallerWork with me: If you like this post on Money is the Root of All Evil?, tweet andcomment please!