The question of how to think rationally about money is one that is a real concern for many people. This is especially true if you’re having trouble finding enough money to make ends meet. But before we talk about how to think rationally about money, let’s look at the whole concept of money itself first. We’ll see why the topic of how to think rationally about money really has a lot more to do with how our mind perceives value and how our perception of the value of money can affect our finances.
We all have some notion about money, right? Some people believe that money is something that is tangible, like things you can hold in your hands or things you can sell. Other people believe that money is not real. And then there are those who believe that money is a totally abstract concept that we all make up. What’s the difference between all these different viewpoints?
The most important difference between these different views is the way we see value. Those who don’t see value in anything have a very difficult time seeing any value in the things that they use every day, and vice versa. Money is no exception. So we need to start with an understanding of what the word “value” means.
When you look at a box of chocolates, do you see it as something that has been used by someone? Or is it something that you buy to impress someone else? If you buy chocolates to impress a friend, then it is something you bought because you wanted to impress them. It might be that you’re very fond of chocolate and want to show it to them. In that case, it would be considered a good investment. On the other hand, if you buy chocolates to impress your boss or a client, then you bought them because you thought they’d be fun to buy and give away.
And this is what makes money very important to us. It gives us pleasure and satisfaction when we purchase things to show off to others. But, when we buy things to impress others, we do so with the hope that someone will be impressed and we’ll make money in return. However, this isn’t always the case. When we buy things to impress someone else, our main goal is to get something from it – to get something we can call a return on our investment. and, therefore, we might make mistakes with our purchases.
Now, in real life, we are always trying to get something for nothing. we’re never trying to get something that we can call a “return.” So, as a result, our financial position becomes much more complicated because we always look for a “return.”
However, rational people take the opposite view. If a person purchases something because they think it will bring them pleasure, then the person feels satisfied and proud of what they’ve done and they feel like they’re making a “return” to their self-worth. The process by which they feel better and proud and satisfied with their choice is the reason that they continue to buy things, rather than because they think they made the best choice. That’s the reason why the most successful people feel like they’re very much on top of the world every time they make a purchase.
So, how to think rationally about money really has more to do with our perception of it. When we decide that the money that we spend is a “return” on a purchase, then we start looking for ways to find ways to make that purchase. Because of our perception of money, we start to be more careful and more rational. And because of our more rational and careful perception of money, we find that we actually have more money to spend on things that make us happy.