The cliché “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees” has been quoted time and time again in the financial world. As a financial proverb, it is probably used to express that money doesn’t come that easily.
When you were a kid, do you remember being taught about money? Did your parents ever say that “money doesn’t grow on trees” when they refused to give you cash? Is this really a true statement?
Have you ever really thought, “Where and How Does Money Come To Us?”
Jaime Tardy, on her site Eventual Millionaire has a post that give us a clear picture how things really come to us.
Does Money Grow on Trees.. Really?
Posted by Jaime
All my life I have been fascinated with money. I remember one day when I was about six years old my father told me, “Money doesn’t grow on trees”. After I thought about it, in my six year old mind I decided that it should. (plus paper is made from trees so doesn’t money grow on trees?)
I went outside, found a nice small tree and told everyone that it was my money tree. I took care of it. I made anyone that wanted to ‘buy; anything from me had to use the leaves from that tree. All of my friends had to use those leaves, and I was the keeper of the tree. I was now rich!
Isn’t that sort of how money works? You grow your wealth, and essentially that is your money tree. You become the keeper of that money tree, and if you nourish it and stay ahead of it’s needs, it will keep growing.
Everyone starts with a seed. This seed has the potential of growing in to a huge money tree. But what happens if you don’t plant it in the soil? What happens if you don’t know how to take care of it and nurture it?
The seed is you. You have the potential to be a millionaire. How do I know that? Because millionaire’s exist from all walks of life. Rich or poor, genius or not, you have the potential to become a millionaire.
The soil is your foundation. Your foundation is your attitude, how determined you are to reach your goal, and your mindset during the journey. If it’s acidic, your plant will not grow easily.
The water is your money. You must go out and find water. You can either collect a few droplets of rain at a time, you can search for a river, or you can even dig your own well! Either way it can all add up to a healthy money tree. If you drink all of your water (spend your money!) then your tree won’t grow.
The sunshine is your knowledge. There should be a constant stream of light on your tree. Learning from our mistakes, and from mentors will provide the light to keep going. There will be cloudy days, but the sun rises every day and if you stick with it you will learn heaps.
Trees take time to grow, and so does money. Nurturing it every day and giving the care it deserves will make you rich.
How is your money tree growing?
Is it lacking water, soil or sunshine?
This post was included in the Carnival Of Personal Finance – Canadian Banknotes Edition.
Jaime Tardy’s site is about becoming a millionaire by getting out of debt, creating your ideal life style, and making a million doing what you love. This site is NOT about working 80+ hours per week and never seeing your family, that’s why it’s called Eventual Millionaire.