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Miss Money Sense: Why are you working so hard?

Miss Money Sense: Why are you working so hard?

By Teneshia “Miss Money Sense” LaFaye

Sometimes, I work so hard in one of my businesses that my fingers and wrist start to stiffen, and I hustle so much in another business that my legs and hips need to be stretched.

You can relate if you also work hard in your business or on your job. But my question for you is why are you working so hard? Is it to make ends meet? Or are you working hard because you have a plan to be more prosperous?

I have mentioned before that your job should fund your dreams. It should be a vessel for you to earn enough income in order to have the funding for your passionate business, your dream vacation or your ideal retirement.

So if you’re working hard for one of the above reasons, you are on the right track. If you’re just working to pay bills, that is very honorable, especially when the Bible says a man shouldn’t eat if he doesn’t work.

However, if you’re mainly working just to keep the roof over your head and food on the table, I recommend that you get a bigger vision for your life. As I have said several times before, you’re no better than a sharecropper if all you do is slave away on a job with no aspirations to improve your financial standing.

I slave away in at least three businesses, but they are my businesses. I’m not making someone else rich off my sweat. Additionally, I am working for a purpose to offer services that make a difference in others lives, to make enough extra money to go on at least two fabulous vacations per year and to be able to save and invest enough to protect from any financial setback and for a comfortable secure retirement.

If you’re not working for personal fulfillment or to achieve financial security, it’s time for you to start thinking about how you can make working work for you. This way your hard work moves you closer to your goals and dreams.

Teneshia LaFaye is a former award-winning newspaper journalist and a nationally certified financial education instructor. She owns a health insurance agency and has written two books, What My Mom Taught Me About Money and Mom’s Money Lessons, available on her web site Get her FREE daily money tips to work on improving your financial mindset by “liking” her MissMoneySense page on Facebook.

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