Money Isn’t Everything! These Values Matter

Money isn’t everything. It has its limitations. Obsession over money and wealth is unhealthy, mainly when it controls your life.

1. Time Is A Precious Resource Time is money, but it is so much more. If there is inequality in money and wealth, we have the same limited time. You can’t borrow or lend time at any cost. Anyone who loses family and friends knows the tragedy of time running out.

2. Manage Your Energy Wisely Somewhat related to time is how we manage our energy. Energy affects our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. We all have limits to what our mind and body can do.

3. Your Health Is Our Vital Asset We can’t take our health–physical, mental, and emotional-for granted. Yet, we often do this by not taking as good care of our body and mind as we can.  What is your health worth? Like time, it is priceless and precious.

4. Family,  Friends, And Community “First be a person who needs people. People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” Bob Merrill, lyricist Sung by Barbra Streisand We need our family and friends for their love, affection, companionship, and to validate us. I come from a tiny family where friends were family and family were friends.

5. The Right Life Partner Choosing the right partner you want to spend your life with is easier said than done. Only after years together can you look back and say you are fortunate to find someone to be with until you are old and gray.

6. The Virtues of Work “Choose a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Mark Twain It has been my great fortune to find meaningful work most of my career. Every individual should explore what kind of work they most enjoy doing.

7. Love of Learning “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Henry Ford By being a lifelong learner, you can look at the world with fresh eyes. Learning can be formal, informal, or casual. You don’t have to learn in the classroom to pick up knowledge. Most of our education comes from outside of an academic setting.

8. Protect Your Reputation  Your reputation is your brand, whether it is for a business or you. I cannot understate the importance of how you are regarded by your social circles, at work, and in your family. Reputation is your character and quality as judged by people.

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