3. Help others
Our purpose is something that is always about helping others and empowering the, not just donating to a caharity, if it is possible. Many people need to understand it is not just donating money to others or charities that gives us a fulfillng life. It is empowering people. Our children need to understand this. There are plenty of rich people who donate tons of money and still an unfufilled life. Money must be a means to an end, not the end in itself. If it is the end in itself, we are in the rat race. I believe neither we, nor our children, are RATS or hamsters on a wheel. When I say purpose and driving it, this sometimes involves not just the giving of oneself in time and energy.
If your purpose or that of your child is to empower children in orphanages for example, it is insufficient for your child to just a portion of their own money to the cause. They must also volunteer their time and energy. They need to go there to help, to serve, to teach or to clean up the place.
There are two important things everyone has in life that they will be held accountable for time and money. I believe we are to teach oour children to handle both well and to be accountable for it, to make it count, is what I want to say.
4.support a cause
The purpose of money should be to support the cause of the purpose you are building. Money it self should not be your reason for living.
Many parents especially in the asian families, tell their children “ go to school, study hard, don’t haveto much fun, go to university, study law, medicine or engineering, come out, work hard and earn lots of money and repeat the cycle with your own children.”
A lot of children from asian families have been through this with their parents and are fed up. They are looking for meaning, life is more than just money. Basically, asian cultures in the past have lived in conditions where survival was something to be fought for every day. As conditions improved and these families began to acquire moderate life styles and some wealth, they where not fighting anymore and so a life with meaning, not just a life with wealth, came to be more important.
It is imperative for all parents, asian or not, to teach their children, not just to strive for gaining wealth, but to also live their lives with purposes and meaning by living for others.