Money Talk: What would it take for you to feel happy about money?
I already feel happy about it.
I mean, I guess happy in the sense that I don’t really worry about it.
Although when I earn it myself, and save it, I feel an immense sense of accomplishment and pride.
Of course, if someone wanted to donate a bunch of millions tax-free to me (not via a lottery ticket purchase, but ACTUAL CASH) I would not say no.
Money for me, is a tool. I don’t feel emotional about it one or or another in the sense that I don’t feel pain when I have a $1000 expense.
I only start to feel the pain if I had anything above a $10,000 purchase, in that I would think: OUCH…. but it still wouldn’t really hurt my finances the way a $50,000 purchase would.
I feel like I am extremely lucky in that regard – not many people can say that they can absorb expenses under $10,000 with ease, and I can.
I also don’t feel happy when I get lots of money — it is just an additional amount in my bank account.
What really makes me happy, is seeing me reach actual goals – net worth, savings, etc.
That makes me excited, because it is like a challenge, the same way when I cleared $60,000 of debt in 18 months, it remains to this day, the most exciting experience and an incredibly gratifying accomplishment.
More than hitting $250,000 in net worth, to be honest. It was really satisfying.
What about you?
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