They say knowledge is power, but so is money (without knowledge). As millennials, we need to ensure we avoid being corrupted by money and stay humble on our journey to financial freedom. A lot of people will do anything it takes to become wealthy, even if that means they have to lie, steal and cheat their way through life. Ever heard of that little thing called karma? It’s incredibly real and it will come back to bite you if you allow money to corrupt your morals.
Stay Humble While You Earn Money
This quote holds so much truth. People remember kindness and that kindness spreads like wildfire once started. We understand the world of business is complex, and there are plenty of examples about people who have been corrupted by money and have destroyed other people’s lives (GFC anyone, Wolf of Wallstreet, Enron…). As part of the young generation, it’s up to us to start setting new examples and go into the world of business honestly and humbly.
Stay True to Your Values
Your 20’s is a time of new experiences and learning. But in the process, make sure you find role models who share your values. Don’t be easily influenced by people your gut says not to trust. Identify early what your own values are and make sure to conduct yourself in a way that reflects those values, and create boundaries to be sure your values are protected. Yes, it’s also easy to be influenced by money, but don’t let money corrupt your values either… no matter how difficult it may be at times.
Trust Your Gut
Your gut (instinct) is a wonderful, yet powerful thing… don’t ignore it! (and don’t allow it to become corrupted) Feel like someone is doing you wrong? Remedy the situation and get out before you need to go into damage control, or confront the situation head-on. We are firm believers that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason takes a while to manifest itself. If you identify a sign, trust it. Your gut (instinct) will always keep you honest and trustworthy… “don’t trust what you see, even salt looks like sugar.”
Have a Support Group
These are your friends and family. People who have no ties to what you do business-wise (unless you work with family). This support group should keep you grounded and keep your actions honest. They are there for you to talk to, confide in and share experiences with… they are invaluable.
Make Friends Who Will Push Yourself Up a Level
Be very exclusive as to who you allow into your circle. Yes sharing is caring, but oversharing can be detrimental. We’re not saying take them for a panel interview and interrogate them (unless that’s your style), but find out everything you can about them first and take everything they say with a grain of salt at the beginning.
There are a lot of people out there who are in it for themselves. If you truely want to make an impact on humanity, don’t allow money to corrupt your values. You’ll live a much more fulfilling and satisfying life by being genuine and acting with sincere purpose.
“Strive to be better, more, and amazing!”
Amanda & Julia xx
Do you know someone who can relate to this article? Do you agree/disagree with any of the statements we’ve made? We’d love to heard your thoughts on this topic, so please leave a comment!