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Why Money is Useless

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Many people spend their entire lives chasing one thing. Do you know what it is? They spend most of their lives chasing money. Most people spend a lot of time of their life making money, chasing money and just doing near enough anything for money.

Some people will go to any length to get more money. They do not have a limit. Check out this story of what people will do for money. Here are some more disgusting jobs people do for money. Loads of people spend their entire lives making money.

Some people will even go as far as killing their own loved ones for money. Whereas there are people out there who just do plain retarded stuff. But why?

In this article you will find out why people do what they do for money, why some people want more than others and what you should be doing instead.

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Why Making Money Is Useless?

Back in my granddads day people used to work to make money for one simple reason. To survive. They did it to provide for their family and make sure that they would not go hungry. They did it to make sure they weren’t cold at night.

Yes they did have more of a struggle making money back then. But they did value money more back that as well.

However if you are making money, it can buy you a lot more things than just food and drink. Money can get you more respect, more power, bigger house(s), better cars, better education, better help (butlers, driver, chef, etc), more opportunities and other materialistic possessions (Smartphones, Tablets, Games Console, TVs, etc).

But why do we want these things? What makes us buy these things? What drives us to make the purchase and spend our hard earned cash on these things.

One of the main things that drives us to buy the latest smartphone or buy the latest gadget is because of clever marketing. It is placed into our heads and we have that constant remainder of it in our heads.

According to a report by The Guardian we are bombarded by up to  3,500 ads everyday during an average day. This leaves it constantly in our heads and our brains are thinking about the latest gadget everyday. So that is why we are tempted so much to buy the latest iPhone when walking past the Apple store.

“Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” – Tyler Durden. Fight Club.

Another thing is we are always wanting to compete with other people and deep down most people want to make people jealous with the things they have. Some people just want to show of the fact that they can afford a Ferrari. Or even just to prove that teacher wrong that said that they would never amount to anything and just be a cleaner.

To many people money is a measure of success. For example if Person A has lets say, a couple of million dollars in their bank account. Person B sees how much Person A has and might think ‘this guy has made it’ and would think he is successful.

How long do you spend working?

Lets imagine the average full time employing working 9-5 everyday for 5 days a week. The average employee spends 40 hours working a week. Some even spend more than that a week working.

Some people spend that sort of time at a job they do not like and hate. Why would you spend doing something that you do not like just for money? Making money should not be the only reason you work at your job. If it is then you seriously need to look for something else.

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One third of your life is actually used up working. That is 30% of your life which is a massive chunk of your life. This percentage does not including travelling/commuting time and getting ready. Throughout your life that is 99,117 hours spent at work in total on average.

Why would you spend the majority of life working for someone else and trying to get him or her rich. What would be the point of doing that? You would just be making your boss richer then they already are.

You can just start your own business and work for yourself and make more money then your boss and his boss combined.

Is Money the Root of All Evil?

Now I am not saying that is the root of all evil. Once you are making money, it can provide you with some awesome things. Donating money to charity or someone who needs it more. Donating money to people who need it for life saving operations. Providing infrastructure for countries or people that do not have it. Provide joy and happiness to others.

Money can generally change the world and make the world a better place. Money can bring change, bring joy and happiness to the world.

Making money does and can cause humans to behave rather greedily. It is like kinda like a drug. Once you start take a couple of hits of a drug you are hooked which is similar to money, once you start to make money you just want to make more and more.

You do not see anything else. That does not happen to everyone but there are many people out there who are hooked to money and have some kind of attachment to it.

“The greatest legacy is that which benefits the widest number of people for the longest period without limit to value. No one but the Prophet Muhammad was given that role as the seal of God’s message.” – Cat Stevens

Really it doesn’t matter how much money you have because after you make a certain amount of money it is all a numbers game.

Let’s say you are the richest man or woman in the world. You had billions of dollars in the bank. What would you buy? A couple of expensive properties across the world? A couple of super cars? Your own private island, maybe? You can really buy whatever you heart desires.

But do you really need billions of dollars in your bank account to buy all that? Not at all! They do say more money brings more problems. When you have that much money, you going to have loads of people hating on you, getting jealous and more expenses. Life isn’t all about making money.

Leaving a Legacy Behind

Instead of trying to earn more money and spending your entire life on a quest to get more money you should spend your time in leaving your legacy behind.

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Your time is actually limited. We don’t know when we are going to die neither do we know what is going to happen in the future. No-one can tell the future.

If you know your time is limited in this world why would you waste that time working for someone else just so you could be making money. You will not be able to keep your money with you when you die.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs.

People are not going to remember you for how much money you had. They will remember you for what you did. They will remember you for the change that you made to the world. They will remember you for your legacy.

Think about it. All the great people out there past and present have are remembered for their legacy. The great Steve Jobs who was the pioneer of the iPhone, iPad and iPod and also founder Apple and Pixar changed the way people listen to music, communicate and much more.

Mark Zukerberg the man behind the sensational Facebook helps people connect with each other and make friends. He changed the way people communicate and meet each other. He wants to make the world more connected.

The greatest boxer of all time Muhammad Ali was not only a great boxer but he was a great man as well. He worked hard on getting justice and equality for black people while also volenteering, helping, contributing and donating to charities.

All 3 of these people have a great legacy and will leave something behind that people will remember because they changed and impacted the world. These people never had making money as one of their primary goals. Their are countless amounts of people who have a legacy which after they die people will remember them for. Be one of those people.

Instead of trying to earn a ridiculous amount of money, work on building your legacy. Work on changing and impacting the world. Work on leaving your mark on the world. Making money is a by-product of being successful.

Making money is useless. You should work on building your legacy.

What do you think about money? Do you think it is important? Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

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  1. Sunday says:

    Hi Adnan,
    Quite a philosophical piece! It makes one to rethink about the real concept of money.

    Money shouldn’t be what we chase, rather we should strive to influence and affect the lives around us.

    We are only rewarded with the money of how much influence we have made around us.

    What we become is much more important than what we earn. The reasons for chasing money by some people are totally outright selfish.

    Yes, leaving a legacy is more important than chasing after money!

    I left the above comment in kingged.com where this post was upvoted.

  2. metz says:

    WOOOOOW! A round of applause for this article. Motivational, encouraging, and very inspiring. This article could change lives, could make someone live better even without chasing too much of money.

    I belong to a family who believes in God’s word that the end is near. Working too much to be rich or richer, to buy cars, expensive clothes etc. is not the purpose of life. We only need to survive. We have to live as if today is the end. Make a choice, do something way better than yesterday and make great memory with people around you even if you have less money in your pocket.

    Thanks for sharing all the quotes, the video and some little stories here with us! You caught me off guard!

    • Adnan says:

      Thanks for the kind words Metz. I appreciate your comment on the article Metz!

      Its true you shouldn’t attach to yourself to materialistic possessions because one day those things will all go. Nothing ever is permanent and everything we have in this world is temporary. We all have to go one day.

      We have to decide what our legacy is going to be and what we are going to leave behind and how we can actually change the world for the better.

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