Everybody on planet Earth lacks money: regardless of how much you may have, there will always be someone who has more, you can always end up unable to meet an unexpected need/demand, or realize that you did not have enough financial resources by a sudden turn of events.
Being obsessed with the idea of increasing your funds might be as unhealthy as being completely ignorant of how to do it, unless of course if you belong to that constantly shrinking social group called middle-class. If you are, you are probably busy comparing yourself with those who have less than you, feeling content as a result. Indeed, measured by historical as well as global demographic standards, it would seem that the current middle-class is still a privileged minority. Nevertheless, ‘lack’ of funds or resources is a permanent truth for everyone.
According to questionable theories, establishing what is ‘enough’ could be the key here, but you will need to know Why this ‘enough’ will be enough for You. In the meantime, we do live on a primarily economic planet (very little can be done without money), and the absence of that exact resource matters. It is NOT the worst thing that can happen to you, however, and this is proven by the fact that every time you had plenty, decisions where made that brought you to the predicament of not having enough. Were those decisions yours?
As a concert pianist, mentor of young talent, author, and supposed intellectual, I used to be at the presence of cultivated people who either had no respect for money and therefore did not have much, or had so much already that they could afford to be indifferent. None of those lifestyles is of any use to a person who aspires to a) increase finances, b) reach happiness in the most profound way, and c) develop into a greater version of who they can be. The only way to do this, is to Think and Act differently than what you are used to during each of the 2 major moments: when you have LOTS of money, and when you do not have ANY.
In the first case, your hard-earned financial resources should not be ‘spent’ on things you have always dreamed of, or on pursuits you always felt like pursuing, no matter how much ‘logic’ you have recently attached to it to serve your desire. Rather, they should be redirected and invested (in some part only and never in full) into something that has PERSPECTIVE: smart investments, worthy projects, the next big thing as presented to you by qualified experts, or just a simple business that generates ‘something’ instead of sucking up more and more.
In the second case, (when you do not have any money), you need to remember that if your brain is working at optimal levels, and you have made sure to distance yourself from negative individuals and their influence, you are far ahead than most middle-class people of modest but not too bad beginnings are. Their thinking is shaped by false beliefs, wrong data, misleading schooling, and sometimes a familial environment that perpetuates what was relevant 30 years ago, at best.
Absence of money can be an inconvenience and sometimes a major one, for sure. It is not the end of the world though, as long as you are surrounded by people who do not think it is, and you are free to choose your next steps impervious of ‘average’ influences that more often than not prove detrimental.
That Russian immigrant family of 7 in a little apartment in Midwest USA whose youngest son became a multi-millionaire… that poor Albanian construction worker who became a petroleum mogul in Greece… this seemingly insignificant bank employee with a ‘steady job’ who gave it all up and became a major influencer in his particular branch in London… they all experienced longer periods without ANY money than you did.
What they also didn’t have was the backward-thinking surroundings that would keep them grounded. And what they DID have was the courage to make uncomfortable choices, so that their dreams could take flight. In the process, they lost friends, others neglected marriages, missed certain moments with the children, and skipped both fun and frivolous evenings, as well as late mornings. Those who didn’t make those sacrifices, now ask them for a loan or a favor…
I admit it, those criticizing me of being too blunt too often, have a point. But when I take the liberty, I do it knowing that all your other influences do not give it a second thought every time they attempt to condition you to a state of mediocrity through empty-headed criticism. Choose which hard words you prefer to read or hear, and be all in. You will find it a life-saver.