Bad Advice I Overheard At The Local Coffee & Donut Place

I’m 26 and a half years old. I’m legally, intellectually and biologically an adult and I try to do adult things even though I have never been this old before. One of my daily or at least bi-daily activities is wake up and go to the local donut place. I go there mainly to get out of the house, drink a glass of iced coffee and read some. It helps me wake up.  There are always the usual customers – I don’t talk to anyone because my mission is to wake my brain up and plan the day.

Anyway the young cashier who always takes my order when I’m there was on her break and she sat down in the loveseat in front of me. A regular began chatting her up. I paid no attention to the conversation but I heard that they were talking about what she planned to do once she goes to college. I began adjusting my attention to the conversation because I felt that it was going to get interesting. The regular who was chatting her up was about in his late 60’s maybe early 70’s and he gave this young lady the single worst advice anyone could give to a young person;

” Study whatever makes the most money”.

It may be a generation thing or the regular had no idea what he was actually saying. I wanted to interrupt  – I couldn’t get my thoughts in – I regret I couldn’t interrupt this conversation but going to school for money is the single biggest mistake you can make.

You’re passion and curiosity is what should drive you to study at a university. Your passions should be what fuels you. It’s really the only thing that can truly motivate you to get up in the morning. I hope the young cashier doesn’t end up following this sad piece of advice or else she will be destined for a long miserable and pointless existence.

Let’s say you do live for the money – the money being the only reason for your existence, the only reason why you get up in the morning. When will enough be enough? How will you fair when there is an economic apocalypse?

There is a trend – a soul sucking relationship that follows those who have fallen in love with money; paranoia, anxiety, narcissism, apathy and anti-social personality disorders. There is also the addiction aspect – your brain thinks money is a drug and the obsession for money can activate the same reward system the brain uses when on drugs. http://www.npr.org/2009/08/07/111579154/study-your-brain-thinks-money-is-a-drug

I’m not trying to say money is the enemy – however most people have an unhealthy relationship with money. Most people are psychologically too immature to have money. Right now at this moment 6.9.17 @ 9:46 AM I am broke. I am broke for the first time in a LONG time. This month was an expensive month and I’m not at all worried because I know this is only until tomorrow when I get paid and I had invested pieces of my wealth into assets and investments so I am not in a “financial starvation mode”.

I’m not going to talk about investing here but if you need to reevaluate and renegotiate your relationship with money I suggest picking up the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki and stop putting money as the top priority for your existence

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