motives behind the money

I need extra inspiration to work hard. Sometimes it’s enough to look at how happy my clients are, and other times it’s enough to look at the money I am earning. But, I’m probably not the standard business person. I need something extra to keep me going.

There are always motives behind the money

I am actually not that interested in money per se. That’s not why I started my business, and why I became a solo entrepreneur. The truth is, money is an important part of any business, but I am always looking at what I can accomplish with money. It’s not about my personal life, I just need the money to get by, and to keep my family safe and happy. That’s about it. What I am looking for is to accomplish something that will have an impact in the lives of people.

That’s what I want to accomplish with my business, and that’s what I want to accomplish with the money I am earning. I am currently creating a vision, and part of the vision will be words like:

  • Happiness
  • Freedom
  • Help

I know, I am a solo entrepreneur, but I need a vision to keep me going the extra mile.

Happiness

I keep asking myself what makes me happy, and I have been focusing on doing things that makes me happy every single day. I love working. But, what I really love about my job is helping people. I remember the time when I was turning pro, back when I was working at the University. I was certain that I was happy doing what I was doing every single day, but I realized that I didn’t get a chance to use my skills, and I didn’t have the necessary freedom to make the right kind of impact.

Freedom

To me, freedom is not just about working from home, or deciding what project you want to be working on. Freedom is a lot more. I am telling myself a story about a man walking the streets like any ordinary man, he is singing a song for the people surrounding him. He is sharing his emotions and his thoughts about what’s happening in the world. He makes people listen. He makes people think. And, one day, people will start to act, because they finally understand that what he was singing was not just any song, but a way of life.

My kind of freedom reminds me of Searching for Sugar Man. A true story about Sixto Rodriguez a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career, not selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. It’s about the freedom to have the chance to make an impact.

Help

I want my business to be part of something much bigger. I want my business to be part of a movement. I don’t have all the answers yet, but I have been looking at a business like TOMS Shoes & Eyewear for inspiration. With every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for one. With every pair of eyewear you purchase, TOMS will help give sight to a person in need. One for one.

I don’t know exactly how I can make an impact, but that’s part of my vision.

What I am currently doing

I have published my first novel. It’s just the beginning. I have a lot to learn, but I believe that by writing stories, I can get the attention of more people, and eventually, they’ll understand what I am trying to accomplish – and hopefully they’ll join me on my journey. That’s exactly why my first novel is completely free. I am going to do the same with my marketing. I want to help teach people what I have been learning, and I truly believe that marketing can help change the world. My passion for marketing is why I have joined KIVA, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. KIVA is leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, and lets me lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Every month I will be lending money to people and businesses to help those in need, because that will help people create better lives for themselves and their families.

This is just the beginning.

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Comments

  1. hireserviceprofessionals says:

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  4. Couldn’t agree more with you Jens!

    Money isn’t everything, and it’s never been much for me either. I truly believe that it is needed, but it’s good to aim for the amount you really need rather than run after it all your life and miss out on the other moments of life.

    Yes, money can never give us happiness and freedom to be and do what we want to do because you lose yourself when you become too money minded. Life is to be treasured and valued, which you can do when you live in the moment and make the best of it – isn’t it?

    Nice to hear about KIVA, and I shall be checking it out right after here. You never lose anything by helping another, instead, it’s always your gain. :)

    Thanks for sharing :)

    • Hi Harleena,

      Yes, we absolutely need money, but I believe that we only need a certain amount to get by. I want to be able to help people and animals with my knowledge and resources, and to me, that’s an important part of my business and why I started it. I can do a lot more as a solo entrepreneur than when I was working at the University :)

  5. I’ve had many discussions with myself about money. You can’t buy happiness, but earning enough to put food on the table can make you happy and create those wonderful moments. As I age, money becomes less of an obstacle to my happiness. When I’ve was forced to go off the payroll and fend for myself, that’s when I really learned that it is the connections you make, not the money you make, that drives your happiness. Thanks for the wonderful read.

    • The thing for me is that I need enough money to keep my family happy. And sometimes that means that I need to be able to go on a vacation with them, and other times it just means that we have to have clothes and food and be able to pay the electrical bill. Happiness to me is the greater good, something I work hard at every day to accomplish. I want to make a difference.

  6. True relation and happiness can never be buy only you can bought physical product. I careful read your post its so amazing and informational. Thanks for this share.

  7. Jens, I think the giving back part of making money is overlooked especially in the USA. It seems our country is now frowning upon those that make money, like it’s evil. But many can do so much good with their money to help others. More than the government sure can. If I make more money with my online business I can quit my day job (save someone else from being laid off next) and hire some people to maintain the growth of the business.
    Making money is not about foolishly spending it to have a party as it is so often portrayed.
    The freedom to choose is a great reason to make money too so you are not stuck in a rut with a job that pays the bills for you.
    Excellent topic Jens.

    • I haven’t told you this yet Lisa, but I am starting a vegetarian festival in Norway, and part of the money we earn will go to charity (maybe Kiva). I am really looking forward to this and hopefully we’ll make enough to truly make a difference :)

  8. As much as we want to deny it…money is everything and it makes the world to go round! Money is what defines social class and the more money you have the more classy you will be considered. Sorry to for that but that’s just how it is!.

    Regards
    Dickens

  9. For me its always been freedom.. According to me if money can give you happiness than you really are not living your life to the fullest. When i say freedom i mean you have a certain power of freedom of taught/ speech because from the place i come from if your financially unstable then you have no rights to express your mind out at many things… So Freedom for me

    • I love what you say about freedom. I have been hustling to understand freedom and accomplish it, and so far, doing what I do, when I want to do it, makes me happy and I am free to do what I want. I need money, but only so much :)

  10. This article truly shows what you are made of. Like you, my goal is to help people. Money is just needed to pay the bills, fill my stomach, and enjoy some perks in life. But apart from that, I don’t need much.

    Kudos to you for standing out for what you believe. I think a lot of North Americans should follow your example. This society is too focused on making money.

  11. Hey Jens

    You’re vision sounds very inspiring and a great goal to work towards. I like helping people too and that’s the reason I blog for. Money doesn’t really come into it as I don’t generally make any!

    I’ve not heard of KIVA but it sounds like a worthy cause to give money to.

    • Hey Tim,

      Are you not making any money? I’d love to hear more about that. Maybe I can help you out to get some clients?

      To me, it has always been about having a vision and working hard to accomplish one project at the time to get closer to the vision. And that’s exactly what I am doing :)

  12. Noble, but it can seem overwhelming because the scope of need is global. One of the reasons I got involved in the Guardian ad Litem program is because I do have more time than treasure and it put me one on one with kids in need. I felt like I could have more impact that way.

    It’s all good and every bit helps; best of luck on your quest.

    • Hey Bill,

      What you’re doing is amazing. I would love to do the same, but I don’t have much time, having three kids, and one of them being a 6 month year old baby :) I don’t have much treasure either, but I do my best :)

  13. Interesting choice. I am working on an Ebook and trying to distill the knowledge in my head for others. I know I just need to get these ideas out there in the world. Though I don’t think it will be free, but I debate that as I continue to write. I am a big fan of ebooks though and will be checking out what you have to say.

  14. Indeed, money isn’t there to just lay down and be displayed. We all have reasons why we want to have money. These reasons serve as our motivation to work harder.

  15. Hi,
    That was really true that one of the motives behind the money was happiness, money can also be dominate the world ( big chance to dominate the whole world). But as long as we don’t get know or we value more our lives and dignity, money will be unfunctionable.

    • You’re right Jessica. We all have different reasons for earning money. But, I believe that more people should think about how much they really need, and instead of just keeping the money for themselves, start using it to help other people and animals :)

  16. Hey Jens,

    I have to tell you a story of a friend of mine that shared the prosperity game with us. She wrote several posts around this game and it helps people to understand that they have to not be afraid of the money.

    I think that’s why so many people in the world today that make a heck of a lot of money do so much good with it. Like you giving to Kiva, we’re able to help the unfortunate. It’s not about the “things” you can buy but it’s the freedom that money can give you.

    I have no doubt you’ll do great things with your business and teach us all along the way. How inspiring is that.

    Keep up the fabulous work Jens and keep giving to the less fortunate. I believe more will come back to you when you go that route.

    ~Adrienne

    • That prosperity game sounds awesome Adrienne. I wish a lot more people would think about spending their money in a different way, and that we all could care more. I am still just starting my business, even though it feels like I have been doing it for most of my life :)

      I am hoping that I can make a difference. Thank you so much for the inspiration Adrienne.

  17. I can understand what you’re saying Jens because I can really relate to it. I’m not a selfish person and when i have the capacity to do so, sometimes I help others with their financial problems. My friend keeps on telling me that it’s a stupid way to be nice but I love doing it, that feeling of just being able to help is more priceless than any other feeling.

  18. They say that if you have money, you’re like a king. you can make just about anything possible. But there’s more to money than having all the things that you want in life. Why do we work hard? It’s not just to put bread on the table, to provide the needs of the whole family. But deep inside any of those moneymakers, they can feel a sense of fulfillment when they earn and get paid for something. Provided it’s legal of course.

  19. Each person has a different motive which drives them to do what they do. Some have more selfish reasons while some have nobler ones. Congratulations on the novel that you’ve just finished.

  20. When they say money can’t buy you happiness they were wrong. If I had all the money in the world, I’d definitely be happy. Imagine all the things you can buy and all the food you can eat.

  21. I agree with you. I think these 3 types is necessary that must behind your earn money. Help,freedom,happiness, If anyone thought this motive then in the every corner of the world is peaceful. Thanks for sharing and motivating the people.

  22. It’s not common to use marketing ideas and strategies to fight poverty and increase personal freedom, but I do think it’s a path that more and more people will follow… We’re not alone anymore !

  23. I like the way you have planned yourself strategically.success comes with great planning. The fact that you have joined KIVA is an added advantage. Thank you for sharing this great thoughts
    Regards

  24. The real reason behind money is simply to gain power, happiness and fame. Give me any one with money and without the three mentioned attributes..and of course me included! Thanks for sharing