What Does ‘Money’ Mean to You?
I read a book recently by my friend and colleague Mary Schiller. It was about money. I don’t usually read a lot about money — it isn’t one of those topics I obsess — but the book was a short read, and I know it’s a topic a lot of people worry about, so I dove in.
One of the phrases she used caught my eye,
Thinking about money is like trying to catch water in a sieve.
I found myself laughing.
I talk a lot with my clients about those things we obsessively think about and we dissect which part of it is real and which part isn’t. Money comes up from time to time; we all have some preconceptions (mostly wrong), and we all have our favourite ‘coping mechanisms’ to make those go away (which most often have the reverse effect!).
I was curious to explore more and so I invited Mary to talk with me — a conversation I recorded and posted recently.
In this conversation, we talk about why most of us get it wrong when we think about money. We know, at some level, money won’t make us happy, and yet… it seems as if having more is a good thing to strive for.
Hmm, isn’t this a contradiction?
Well maybe, maybe not. And certainly not for the reasons we imagine.
Mary candidly shares her journey with us, admitting to being a bit of a ‘failure’ in the past when it came to money.
Until her moment of realisation…
If you feel you have money ‘handled’ then listen to this conversation through the lens of whatever it is you find yourself obsessively thinking about. A new job, your relationship, children… whatever’s on your mind.