How can I stop thinking about making money?

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I am obsessed with thinking about how to make more money. I think about it all day and all night long. I have a job that I don't particularly like but it pays the bills. I sometimes even get tips from people who win the lottery tickets I sell them. I am not poor, I have a roof over my head, I am able to pay all my bills, I don't have any debt, but that's because I don't own anything. I don't own a home, I don't even own a car.

I lost my job once and it took me a 14 months to find another one. Ever since then, I have been obsessed with thinking of ways to make more money. I've succeeded sometimes and failed a few times but I still haven't been able to find anything that could replace my current income if I were to lose my job again.

What should I do?
  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Getting tossed a few times can make you sketchy. But keep it in perspective: It doesn't matter how much money you can lose it all, so don't let it be your master.

    Think of money for at least a reasonable amount of time each day - and give yourself some time to pursue it. But also line up other things to do for a little while each day.

    Either take your dog for a walk or volunteer to take a dog at a shelter for walk each day to get you into nature to remember the planet's magnificence and the wonder and power of nature.

    Think of a way you can spread goodwill each day in little ways. This will help you keep your perspective on the fact that money is not the meaning of life.

    Take time to do something fun with friends a few times a week - something that will be entertaining but inexpensive or free so you can remember that everything doesn't revolve around a wallet.

    Learn survival skills so you don't have to be dead afraid of what will happen next if you don't have a stuffed wallet.

    If you keep your life well rounded, you won't lose perspective that there's more than money to this planet.

    When the Roads and Paths end, learn to guide yourself through the wilderness
    Beyond the Path

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  • Profile picture of the author michael26a
    lol I used to be exactly like you a few years ago There's nothing wrong with being ambitious and wanting to make more money, but don't let it take over your entire life. Set some time aside each day to think about business opportunities, and how you can become more successful. Its positive to dream and work hard towards a goal like that, but it shouldn't be the sole purpose of your life.

    Life is very short, and time goes by very quickly. Don't forget your friends, family, or loved ones. Its also good to remember that no matter how much money we accumulate, it won't change the fact that are all mortal. We come into this world with nothing, and we leave with nothing (we can't take anything with us). At the end of the day, I think being happy is the only goal we should be trying to achieve
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  • Profile picture of the author Stack Bundles
    I say embrace it. It's a gift and a curse, I too suffer from that same ailment.

    I want to be rich, period. I don't try to sugar coat it, I don't try to act like it's evil, it's just who I am. I lost my job 2 years ago. I was making an easy six figures in Michigan when our little company folded. No severance, no notice, just out in the street. It took me 16 weeks and having to move to find another job. I was already obsessed with money, now it's on overload.

    I thank God for internet marketing because it keeps me on high. Now I have ideas that I can come home and put into action. What other hobby can you say that about. It's so bad, I have to keep a pad at work so I'm not distracted and write down all my ideas.

    Because of this love, I can work 10 hrs a day at my day job, come home and put in another 4 hours in internet marketing. It's gift and a curse.

    I used to watch football games on Sunday, now I'm on the computer....but I love it and I'm having fun. Embrace your love of money and use it to get more.

    Welcome to my side.
    -Stack Bundles
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    • Profile picture of the author Bekah Howard
      Are you obsessed with money, or the freedom and security it brings?

      If the answer is the second one, then half the battle is figuring out how little you can live on. Even when you're doing well financially (or should I say especially when your doing well), you need to limit yourself. Try seeing how low you can get your grocery bills. Keep track of how much you spend and where each dollar goes (for at least a month, preferable more). You might be shocked at how much you actually have and where you put it.

      After that, it's just a matter of getting that security/freedom without depending on your employment status. For example, live under your means (or "poor") and put the extra into saving. Save up at least 3 months (6+ months is better) worth of expenses. Resist the urge to spend it on "necessities" the are really just comforts. Don't touch the savings unless you do lose your job (for example, do not use it as a "repair" fund when you can really make your budget stretch to cover the repair).
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