Why Money Doesn't Buy Freedom

It's a shame we don't realize this
Self Mastery
June 16, 2022
1 minute 30

Money is lots of things. But money doesn't solve problems.

Humans do.

But still, money motivates me. But why?

My desire is misplaced actually. Its not the money I want, its the experiences and freedom it can buy me.

At the moment, earning more money has no affect on my quality of life. I'm still the same me. I still have to get naked when I shower. Like everyone else. We're all vulnerable, even billionaires have to get naked when they shower.

If I earned $1,000,000 a second, I still wouldn't know what to do with my time. Well, that's not exactly true, but it could be better.

People say, "Money can buy you freedom". But this isn't true.

"Buying your freedom" is akin to saying "relieved from working for someone else". But, to earn money you need people. Even if you become an entrepreneur of your own, you'll still have to work for...

  • Your customers.
  • Yourself.
  • And the money.


"But Maddox, doesn't having lots of money mean you have infinite time to do what you want? Isn't that freedom?" Yes, I hear you.

No it's not freedom. Even if you earned enough money to be free to do what you want, likely, what you want is to keep doing what you were doing. Why else would you have doing it so long? Look at all of the billionaires. Why do they still work?

Think about it. Do you ever just have one motivation for something? Of course not, but we like to trick ourselves into thinking that money is what we want. But, it's what money gets us. Time.

Turns out, you don't need a lot of money to have time for yourself.

The fun part about work is the actual stuff, not the end result. If all you're chasing is the end result, and not all the experience of the progress in-between, you'll live miserably.

Work isn't supposed to be something you hate. We all know it's not meant to be this way. Work is supposed to be something that helps make an impact. Work is for making life better, not our wallets heavier.

Here's my takeaway. Money isn't the only type of value there is.

Are you buying yourself value without using money?

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