Wealth must have a purpose, notbe the purpose in and of itself. Therre is a fine line between living and managing wealth to grow a cause and to live life to the fullest and living just to make more money for ourself and your own needs.
Money must be for a purpose bigger than ourselves and the purposess of life cannot just be for ourselves and for our own needs. What then should be the purpose for our wealth ?
Here are some ingredients that the right type of purposes will have and do
1. Excite you
Our purpose for wealth should be something that excites us and drives us to work harder, live a moderate lifestyle and become a better person. Our purpose should not be just about ourselves and our own goals and needs. It must be something that causes us to work harder, drives us with esxcitement and creates momentum for us or our children to pracitice the right financial habits.
Getting our purpose right can evolve over time. For example, a five year old child might have a different purpose for wealth than an adolescent.
Our childs purpose or even our own purpose can evolve with the growth and progress of our self-awareness, our personal and spiritual development.
There might be new important fields, areas or goals in our lives at different stages and it is okay to evolve with them. Our purpose is different from a cause, which can also change over time, in that our purpose can change more frequently to suit or age, and stature at different points in our lives. Purpose is normally a subset to a cause in life. Meaning, there can be a few purpose that help articulate your cause in different areas.
2. Require engaged energy and thought
Our purpose is something that we have to give energy and throught to consistenly. Because it is a purpose we cannot be supporting it or working it in the background or when we have time. It has to be at the forefront of our life, our time an what we use our money for.
When it comes to our purpose, both we and our children have to reflect, from time to time, whether we are achieving this and living it. We also have to gauge at different stages whether our purpose is still relevant to the stage of life we are in.
We must also help our children to do this. For example, at age five your child might be deeply moved by an orphanage she visited, as my daughter was and wants one of the purposes for the money she earns to be contributing towards this orphanage.
There could also be other purposes later on. She might want to support a learning development center or a shelter for battered women. Her cause remains the same, whicih is to use money to improve the lives of humanity and transform communities, but she has different purpose under the cause umbrella that she works or grows into.