What’s really most important?

On a scale of 1 to 10, with one being least and 10 being most, how important is money to you?

Ok, now on a scale of 1 to 10, how important is:

  1. Your health?
  2. Your marriage or primary relationship?
  3. Your personal peace of mind?

Did you find that you rated the question about money much lower than the others?

If so, then you’re not alone. Most people will agree that “money is not the most important thing.” And that’s certainly true. However, money affects so many things that are important – our health, our relationships, our families, our self-confidence, our peace of mind. This is why I am such a strong advocate of financial education – because becoming financially independent allows a woman to live the life she was meant to live.

So the question becomes, what is most important to you? Your family? Your relationships? Your health? Your lifestyle? Your career options? What is the one thing in your life that, if you could change it for the better, would make a huge positive impact on your quality of life? Now ask yourself the question – could financial independence help you achieve it? If so, then you’ve discovered a much more fundamental reason for becoming financially savvy than just money.

In the end, money is just a tool. Harness its power to help you achieve the fulfilling life you want and deserve.

Original publish date: March 11, 2010