Last time, I talked about thoughts becoming money. Of course, not every thought becomes money but we can’t get money without thoughts. I thought I would take an excerpt from my book to put it another way.

Excerpt from The Graduate’s Guide to Money
Money is energy, plain and simple. Humans had to create something tangible to represent their energy in order to make it easier to exchange.
Think about the cavemen days when there was no money or gold or anything at all to use as a medium of exchange. The cavemen bartered; one guy wanted something that the other guy had so either he clubbed him over the head and took it, or he started offering up things he owned which could be traded. Maybe somebody had meat and somebody else had berries. The two had to haggle to figure out how many berries would be equal to how much meat. At the very core of that exchange was the fact that one guy exerted effort to kill an animal to get the meat and the other guy exerted effort to pick all of those berries. There are other factors that enhance or detract from how much value is placed on that energy. Things like scarcity, access, and difficulty of obtaining will make the meat or the berries more or less attractive. Since each caveman was different, there was a different value placed on every exchange.

Fast forward a few hundred years, and the energy that was traded was more likely to be physical energy; the energy used to grow vegetables versus the energy used to milk cows. People traded sacks of flour for eggs or milk or a visit to the doctor. The doctor gave not only the energy of examining you but the stored energy of years of studying medicine.
So this isn’t some new-age “think about money and it will show up” philosophy. This is about turning your physical or mental labor into a paycheck. By working, you literally turn your energy—mental or physical—into money. The energy you give exactly equals the money that you earn, assuming, of course, that neither party is taking advantage of the other.

BTW: Volunteering works the same way as your paid labor, only you don’t get paid in money; you get paid with other energy, but that’s a different conversation.

End excerpt

When you think about the energy that you give and the money energy that you receive, is it a fair trade? I should also mention that we don’t always get 100% of our compensation in the form of money. Lots of people put a higher value on serving their fellow man than on financial rewards – all forms of public servants from teachers to stay-at-home parents to fire fighters and police officers and soldiers are not getting paychecks remotely close to the energy or value that they are giving. They are getting a form of energy worth more to them than money energy. Working with awesome people, being recognized, doing something meaningful or fun or invigorating are all part of the package. I guess the better question might be, is your energy equation in balance? Money is not the most important thing but being happy with your energy is. This week consider if your energy equation is in balance. If it is not, what steps are you going to take to bring it into balance?

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To your financial (and energetic) success!