Money and The Dream
When moving towards a dream, there is very often (and rightfully so) a major concern about money. For every person the situation is unique. It begins by understanding your unique relationship with money.
The Coffee Shop
I went to a coffee shop. I sat down. I ordered a coffee. This makes logical sense… I am at a coffee shop, so I ordered a coffee. You might be thinking “Wow, this is the most boring post in the entire universe”. And in fact thus far, you are right :)
But stick with me.
Izzy and Money
I’ll be straight with you. Some would call me cheap but I prefer to say “frugal”. I HATE to waste money. Here’s an example: You know those “free” plastic bags near the vegetables in the grocery store… I stock up on those. I don’t mean “kind-of” stock up on those. I mean I STOCK UP on those! I have no shame!
Coffee in Japan
Coffee in Japan, isn’t cheap. In fact, it is downright expensive. I used to wonder why they didn’t ask for the soul of my first child along with the price… Now I know it wouldn’t cover the price. Example: The coffee shop I go to on Sunday, sells the equivalent of a starbucks small coffee for approximately $6.
If that doesn’t shock you then I don’t know what will. That is CRAZY! Yet, I am more than willing to pay for it… In fact, this has become a weekly ritual. Every Sunday I head over to my local coffee shop, purchase a coffee and think about life. Not only do I pay the $6, I do it glady. I want to pay for it. I enjoy it, I look forward to it, I am excited about it. Why?
8 months ago, when I came to Japan I never would have spent that type of money on coffee. Yet, now I am glad to do it. Why? It is very simple. My relationship with money has changed.
Money is no longer an object to be hoarded… It is an item I exchange for opportunity.
Money and My Dream
For the first time in my professional career I am making decisions that may lead to the loss of money. I am quitting my current job in August, and will be moving to a major city to train full time in martial arts. In other words become a ninja. And I want to find a way to make money dong this. It will likely take a long time. I will likely be digging deep into savings…
Yet, I am gladly willing to lose every penny to my name to make this happen. Do I think this is smart? No, actually in most cases I would say “that is a STUPID idea.” But I have sat with this question for a while “Izzy, what are you willing to do to become a ninja and make money doing it?”
This is my life, this is my answer: I am willing to give up every penny to my name.
Money and You
I want to be very clear. In no way, shape or form, am I reccomending you “go for broke” to chase your dream. As I mentioned above, I think that in many cases that would be rather stupid. I think you must begin to ask the question: What is my relationship with money? As you explore this question you will begin to understand what you need to do financially to move you toward your dreams.
The Bottom Line
In discovering my dream, I have had to reassess my entire relationship with money. It is a constant evolution and development. As I better understand the relationship I am able to move forward with comfort. I know what I am willing to lose. It won’t hit me by surprise. It is a risk I have deemed acceptable.
As you are able to better understand your own relationship with money it will open doors for you.
What is your relationship with money?
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