Time matters more than money

time moneyI recently watched one of my favorite movies, “A Raisin in the Sun.”

I have watched this movie many times, but this past time generated some insight for me that I never thought of before. This movie made me open my eyes to a very simple message that many of us overlook in our own lives.

The message that I am talking about is how this family was waiting on money before they could be happy. They all had built dreams on the fact that a check was soon coming. How many of us have been known to do that? We say as soon as money comes we will build our happiness. Money doesn’t buy happiness. You can’t build your happiness waiting on that big “windfall.” Sure it would be nice to have a lot of money just sitting in the bank at our disposal any time we needed it, but not many people I know are blessed with that opportunity.

The key is to start where you are and appreciate what you have right now. That is how you accomplish your goals and build wealth. Focusing on a better future is great, but starting where you are now gives you a roadmap to your future.

It takes a lot of work to achieve any goal. And some of our goals have monetary benefits at the end. I look forward to the day when I become a New York Times Best Seller, and my books are helping people all over the world to achieve their greatness. I also look forward to the money that I will make when that happens. But I am not waiting until I have lots of money before I go after my goals. My journey starts where I am now, not when I have the money to do it.

The true reason people become successful in reaching their goals is not about how much money they invest in their goals, but the time spent on working on those goals. There are so many individuals who have a lot of money but still have goals that they want to accomplish in their lives. Identifying and achieving goals for yourself is all about what’s best for you. Goals make us strive to do better and enhance our lives. So with that said start today and do not let money or the lack of it determine your success.

And as always, stay focused, stay determined, and keep striving for greatness.

Penny Jones-Richardson is a published author and life coach. She can be reached via her website at or email at

April 17, 2014
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