Making Your First Million: And The Value of Self Education


"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune." — Jim Rohn

The value we place on material wealth has been the subject matter of books, seminars, speeches, movies, songs, plays and college curriculum since time began. What value does it have for you? How important is it? This article in entitled "Making Your First Million" because frankly, that's what people seem to care a lot about!

By The Numbers

Statistically, money has been a primary factor in the demise of good percentage of marriages.Arguments over money have ended many a friendship. Businesses have been destroyed because an agreement couldn't be made about money. Heck, people have been killed for money, whether it be of want or lack of all different denominations.

Today, in Corporate America, what is held most dear is holding onto the almighty investment dollar, the proverbial buck, you know, profit for the shareholder, ROI (Return on Investment) the bottom line...M-O-U-L-A! You want to know how far people will go to get a million dollars, or just an almighty dollar?

A Tool or a Temptress

My mother and father used to say, whether you're rich or poor, it's good to have money. Ha Ha Ha...way too funny...not! Money is a serious subject with almost everyone. don't believe me? Start taking it away from people or depriving them of it and see what kind of chaos that promotes!

I know the old cliche is that the L-O-V-E of money is the root of all evil, but I think we have redefined it as the only thing that matters. I know there are many who are changing their perspective about money and its accumulation, the connection to immediate gratification. So I guess my question is; if we place this much importance on the value of money, then where are we headed, in what direction are we going and what example are we setting for the next generation? I always thought an outstretched hand was one of giving, not receiving! Is money a tool for our use or a temptress whose siren's call will sure destroy us?


I Cannot Tell A Lie

If I were to tell you that I didn't care about money I would have to close up shop here; I would lose my credibility because I'd be lying to you. But I have learned this over the past several years. It doesn't mean as much as life does, and it isn't as important as my parents made it out to be and though I probably would have a very difficult time doing without out it, It no longer owns me. I was able to make a slight modification in my thinking and now, even though I earn a fraction of what I once did, I am considerably happier.

How did this come about? "Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."
— William James

Your Money or Your Life

I apologize for deceiving you into thinking this article was about how to make your first million, but truth is, you're probably going to do that without me, it's not that hard, really. I have actually done it! The hard part is holding onto it! An old business associate of mine use to say it didn't matter how much money you made, just how much you put into your pocket. The harder part is being wise with what you have and using it to fulfill your purpose here, whatever you deem that to be. The hardest part though, is letting go of the idea that money is the be all and end all. The hardest part is focusing on what you love to do and pursing your dreams , regardless of the income. Do what you love and either the money will come...or you won't care.

The hardest thing to do is to walk toward your passion and away from profit as a life focus and to recognize that even if you don't look like a million dollars, like Wall Street wants you to believe you must in order to be successful, you are worth it, money or no money!

The Importance of Money to You

What value do you place on money?

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As always, your comments are welcome! 17 comments

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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK

Wise words indeed. I too, try to chase my passion instead of a paycheck, but it is very hard at times. I try not to worry about money - Unfortunately other people do, and tend to demand it from you whether you have it to give or not and I think that this factor is what ultimately drags us all back to grubbing for money.

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bananasforcoupons 5 years ago from Washington USA

Thanks for the very interesting article!

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Born2care2001 5 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Gaizy,

You are so right! Perhaps that's a great reson to continue to fight the good fight! I think that's why this site is so serves our passion for expression!

I really appreciate the comments!

Stay in touch!


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Born2care2001 5 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Bananasforcoupons!

Your Hubpages name leads me to believe you will have a very interesting perspective in finances and money! I'd like to know what it is so I'll be visiting some of your hubs!

Thanks for stopping by! I greatly appreciate it!


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bananasforcoupons 5 years ago from Washington USA

Lol.. .I do have a great perspective on money lol. I hoard it. I keep it in the bank and try not to ever let it go. I don't care how I make it or how much of it I make. I care about keeping it so that when I finally do use it, I use it on something that's totally worth it. :) Great title by the way lol. I like your technique. Totally drew me in haha. Thought I was going to learn how to make that first million that I'd never spend :)

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NonnyK 5 years ago from My Home Usually!

I love the title. It draws people in and then gives them the truth of the matter. I too find myself considering this issue - we all spend a lot of time chasing the money hoping it will bring the freedom we desire. But is the reality all we want or just an illusion?

I think we should all live full lives, whether it brings a million or not. However, we do need some money to live so a balance is required.

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Diana Lee 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

The world does seem to revolve around the almighty dollar. Good hub, voted up.

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Born2care2001 5 years ago from Asheville NC Author


I knew it! If that's your passion and it makes your heart sing, I applaud it! Go save it! LOL :)

And thanks again!!!


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Born2care2001 5 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi NonnyK,

Thank you for your comment! I think most of us consider it at one time or another. The real question is...what do we do about it! I'm still working in that! :)


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Born2care2001 5 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank You Diana Lee!

Thanks for the vote up and the read!!! I am truly grateful for your comment!


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forexpulse 5 years ago from Califorrina

Hey mate! I fully agree with your thoughts.

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Born2care2001 5 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Welcome forexpulse!

Thanks for visiting and reading this hub. I have to say it's a bit interesting that an exchange trader would agree, but that's what this site is all about; reading and understanding and communicating! Stop back again and THANKS!


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RVDaniels 5 years ago from Athens, GA

Its a bit like Zen, isn't it? Love what you have and treasure what may come instead of simply lusting for more. Good hub and interesting philosophy. Now if only the people I owe felt that way as well (sigh).

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Born2care2001 5 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Ronnie!

Life is worth living just because it is! I especially appreciate the fact that you started a new career at 50. Perhaps I will include you in my upcoming book "Zero to Something in 60 Years...The Reward for Delaying Immediate Gratification!"

Actually, it's an autobiography, but I just get a kick out of people who live life with gusto!

You appear to have it together so, keep on doing what you're doing and thanks for helping me enjoy my work too!



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CloudExplorer 5 years ago from New York City

Nice technique @Borntocare I got hooked just by the topis you've chosen. Yes money is something that spoils us, ruins many & out right makes life very tough at times.

Many of us simply go crazy about the concept of having an unlimited supply of them green papers, but most never look at the factors that may proceed thereafter from the responsibility & possible exposure of having it in their possession.

I don't think money has ever been the problem, I believe its a human condition that need to be addressed, and its also known as poverty. This was a great way of getting your point across. Voted up.

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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Money is important, but only if you want to eat or have a roof over your head or clothes on your back....other than that, not important at all! lol

Great Hub!

Voted up!

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Born2care2001 5 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi justateacher,

Thanks for reading and for voting up! Money is one of the paradoxes of life. We need it, but most of us don't have it. We want it, but most of us don't know how to get it.

I coach life skills to young men and money is one area that takes some time for them to understand. I never say it's bad for the obvious reasons you point out. I tend to affirm contentment with what they already have and I encourage them to develop a passion for what they already like and leave the financial aspects to people more sophisticated in that area than I am.

Thanks again for the visit and I am truly grateful for your time.




I like your hub name but, in my book, there's no such moniker as "justateacher." It is, still, the most noble profession on the planet when executed with love!!! Too bad most of our society fails to see its value. (except in terms of dollars and sense. LOL and please excuse the pun.)

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