"What if money didn't matter?"

by swords 119 replies
Wow, I was just hit with an immense amount of realization after watching this. It couldn't fit anywhere more perfect than this forum.

The question anyone reading this should ask themselves: If money was non-existent or not a problem, would you honestly be doing Internet Marketing?

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  • Profile picture of the author Young Financier
    If money didn't exist, we'd be using something else as a medium of exchange. So we'd like be doing whatever business we're in to acquire more of whatever we're using as a medium of exchange.
    • Profile picture of the author swords
      Originally Posted by Sean T Alexandre View Post

      If money didn't exist, we'd be using something else as a medium of exchange. So we'd like be doing whatever business we're in to acquire more of whatever we're using as a medium of exchange.
      That's not the point of the video. Whatever 'medium of exchange' that you are looking at, it poses the question "What if it didn't matter?".
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  • Profile picture of the author Young Financier
    Why would any form of exchange exist if it didn't matter? That's where the video falls flat on its face.
  • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
    • Profile picture of the author swords
      Originally Posted by sethczerepak View Post

      I think the point here is that underneath all currency is the thing which gives currency value and that's human need. Money moves because of human need. Take money away, and human need still exists, which once again creates the need to exchange services and product...which leads to the creation of a uniform exchange method for doing so.

      Problem is, people can get so focused on making money that they lose the understanding of what controls the flow of wealth. That's what's happening to our economy right now. This video does a great job of explaining how...

      The people who are too income focused usually have the least of it because they don't understand what controls the flow of wealth. It's human need, and that's why meeting human needs ought to be the goal of any successful entrepreneur, especially considering the transition that this ^ webinar talks about...pretty disturbing, but a great opportunity for the people who "get it."

      Anyway, thanks for posting this thought provoking post. My guess is half of the readers on this forum won't get it, but that's how these things work sometimes.
      I completely agree with you on the basis of creating the human need - this is where all majorly successful entrepreneurs have made their billions. However, you have to realize that humans didn't always have connections with one another and they only hunted for their own necessities, which proves to us that we have evolved since that time.

      That is where the video comes into place for me. If I had a substantial amount of wealth ("money didn't matter"), or I lived in prehistoric times and hunted and gathered for myself only ("money/trading didn't matter"), what would I want to do with my life? Would I really want to be on the WarriorForum trying to figure out the next way to make money, or how to defeat the next Google Update? -- probably not, and I think many people would agree.
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    As for my answer.

    I love helping people with problems. I love coming up with solutions. So being a life coach or business consultant is what I would do.

    My current job is handling in house internet marketing. Basically I consult but for one company only. It's not quite perfect but very close to what I truly want to do.

    I've never been on to live a life based on what others wanted.

    I grew up on welfare. That allowed me to see that really you can live a nice life not even working. So I never feared not having money because I knew the safety net was there and I saw how on that net you could stay home and play video games and watch cable (net wasn't around in the 80 when i was a kid on welfare). But by the time I was 20 I had made more money per year than my mom (single parent) ever had and all I was doing was following jobs I enjoyed.

    In high school I decided I wanted to be a teacher. Since I loved helping people and wanted summers off. You'll hear teachers talk about how hard it is. But the truth is they make it hard. The teachers who inspired me talk to me about what they really did. With proper time management it really is a 7 to 4 Mon to Fri job. So I went to college for less than a year and realized I didn't want to do anything that required college. Because even though I would have enjoyed being a teacher I wouldn't have enjoyed 4 more years of pointless homework (I could and likely still can ace most tests without having to study) and wasted time.

    At 19 I got my first job (not a fan of working) at Wal-mart. It was full time (minus like 3 or 4 weeks a year I had a set 40hr work week) and I made $1 over minimum wage (know what you are worth and never take less). While there I realized I kind of liked this retail thing. Retail management allows you to coach people professionally and allows you to do visual marketing (better known as merchandising). So I left Walmart to be a retail manager (walmart over works their managers or at least did back then).

    But over time realized that while I was making good money I didn't like the hours. At times they were long and you would go from days to nights and back.

    But over time I learned that since I was good at consulting I was good at selling. All selling is really is helping people buy things that benefit them. So finally I made it to a commission based retail store and became a sales manager which luckily had a long period of time as a trainee where I got to sell the same as the commissioned sales people.

    That allowed me to see first hand that I could sell and make the same or more money and yet be way happier. But the hours still sucked so I found an RV dealership that was only open till 5 (6 two days a week during summer).

    Of course while there I was able to give advice to the owners and we talked about the internet and how you could market better on the internet. Which lead over the years to more and more of my job being the marketing consultant halves.

    I am a great example of just doing things you love. I get bored so I need to change it up every few years (sometimes months) so of course my course evolved.

    I made money along the way because not only did i enjoy what I did but I was good at it. If I ever got tired of a job I quit. Two of those jobs I quit without having another job lined up. And people who know me know I have no savings so I didn't bring my own safety net. Most people would be afraid to do that. Because they worry about money vs. being happy.

    Being happy is more important. And if you have confidence in yourself you know you will land on your feet. I always have.

    So I have always done what makes me happy but in a way that will allow me to live the life I want (corvettes and other sports cars have high monthly payments). It wasn't hard. But to get started I had to stop listening to people who told me what I should do.

    Here is a tip for the young ones on the board. College is useless for the vast majority of careers. Before you do it decide if what you want to do with your life requires it. You can name most of those careers off the top of your head (engineer, teacher, doctor, lawyer, etc). If it doesn't are you going to college because you enjoy formal learning? If you can't answer yes to one of those questions you really shouldn't go to college. You will never get those 4 years back and time is worth more than money. Plus you will likely end up with $20k plus of debt and I am sure you can think of many things that you would enjoy spending $20k more on.

    So I know you can make a living doing what you want as long as you are good at it.

    I hang out on this forum because I love marketing and consulting. But I do see a lot of people on this forum who are here for the wrong reasons. They want to make money online but they do not love marketing. Some don't even love tech. There isn't really a reason besides "money" for them to be here. And even that really is the dream of "money for no effort" that they have bought into.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tuzio
    If money didn't matter I think we would trade friendship and compassion. Whats wrong with trading an item for an item of equal value? If we take out the intermediate paper promise I believe we would be happier and more compassionate.

    The problem is human need for betterment and ranking against others... How do we achieve it? More money.

    In regard to your question: No I would not be promoting businesses goods/services if money did not matter.
    • Profile picture of the author swords
      @Aaron Doud

      Great post man, that is truly an inspiration. I'm only 19, so I can't relate to many things you mentioned except for the college part. I am currently a freshman at college, and although I don't like the classes, I DO love the networking and *cough* fun weekends. There is no better place, or time, to meet people and create these friendships. On top of that, it's very true when people say: "It's not how many people you know, it's WHO you know". These friendships may be beneficial to me someday, or maybe not, but that's none of my concern as they are just my friends.

      That's awesome you've always went to where you thought you'd be happiest though. I can't see myself quitting a job and not having another one lined up the next day, I would be scared of never getting another job. You're definitely on the right track to living a fulfilling lifestyle and a lot of people should take note of the post you just made.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    If money was not an issue, I would still publish information online, I just would not attempt to monetize it as much as I am doing. Maybe I wouldn't try to monetize it at all.

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