I used to see an interesting book in a bookstore titled “The Secret of Financial Success: Don’t Love Money”. I never read it but I immediately think it is really true. We work to earn some cash and spend them on things. However, oftentimes our basic mindset suggest us to have as much money as possible and work to earn them. Don’t be mistaken, money is important but the paramount is the value it provides when we use it wisely.
Back in the days when I just began my life after graduation, what they called a career world. I got a new job in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. As a newbie in a career world, my expectation was simply to earn money and start saving for stuff I want to buy. However, the cost of living in this city is a lot crazier than the city I previously lived in. I often sacrificed the spending on food by cutting the portion or even skip the breakfast in the first year of working to save the money and buy some stuff I wanted. Although the result is quite significant as it cut about a third of my spending and I can buy the fancy clothes, this is the false habit to keep.
What makes me wrong was that I focused on the quantity I had earned. I loved them that I reluctant to spend for my own wellness. Instead, I spent them on less important but more expensive stuff just because I want it. In addition, focusing on the quantity will never satisfy me.
Having quality money is about to earn and use them for the most important things in life. It’s not about having more wealth by sacrificing the important. It’s about having more of the important by exchanging the money for its value. What are those important things we should spend the money on? Health, relationship, personal growth, and contributions. Spend them most on healthy food, education, books, gift, and donations will complement our positive life. And I call them the true investments.