5 Ridiculous Money Rules You Need to Stop Following
“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.”
― Woody Allen (Tweet This)
What Is a Brule?
The term was coined by Vishen Lakhiani, founder of Mindvalley and author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind. His definition is: “A Brule is a bulls**t rule that society adopts to simplify its understanding of the world.”
Problem is, sometimes the simplification gives us the wrong beliefs. Research has shown money beliefs and attitudes are created during the formative years of childhood and developed by the age of seven.
Conscious awareness of these programmed beliefs is critical to identifying the Brules we have around money. Only then can we change what isn’t working for us in our current situation.
1. “It’s rude to talk about money, it’s private.”
A belief still common in many families today, this programming has spreads from generations past. Unfortunately, if we don’t discuss financial life skills with our kids in today’s world, it puts them at a real disadvantage. They are growing up in a much more complex world than when we were young.
Technology has resulted in money spent much faster and with less emotion.
Kids only have the information they observe each day and may not interpret everything correctly — or the way parents would want.
2. “You can’t be wealthy and spiritual.”
A common underlying message is, “We’re not supposed to want or have money if we’re spiritual; we’re bad if we desire it.” Money is a magnifier of whoever you are, be it spiritual or not.
If you have clear values and good intentions, financial well-being will allow you to do more good in the world and become more generous.
The opposite is true as well for someone who is self-serving. Financially struggling month to month doesn’t typically allow a person to develop their talents and passions. That’s not doing any individual — or society — any good, regardless of their spiritual beliefs.
3. “Wealthy people are greedy, deceiving, dishonest…”
Underlying message: They’re bad if they have a lot of money.
This can come from a position of, “We’re an honest, hard-working family. and we’re not rich; thus, people who are rich must be dishonest and care only about money.”
You should be aware of this powerful Brule. Anything you negate and believe is “wrong” or “bad” will not allow you feel good about acquiring it in the long-term.
This Brule can cause people to literally push financial success and happiness away.
4. “Money is the root of all evil.”
Underlying message: Money is bad, dirty, destructive.
This is one of the most common Brules passed on through the generations and one of the most commonly misquoted verses in our society. The correct statement is, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”
Money is currency, it isn’t inherently good or bad; it only has the emotional value of what we place on it.
Sure, people can do — and have done — evil deeds because of a controlling desire for money.
5. “It’s their fault if they are poor.”
As a self-focused, destructive belief based on a superiority complex, this Brule prevents positive societal change.
No one really knows the challenges other people endure. Everyone has subconscious programming from childhood and social and economic circumstances to overcome.
Showing gratitude for what you have and respecting for others’ journeys are of utmost importance. If we are all to learn the financial and life success skills, we need to achieve our own unique and individual potential.
6. (Bonus) “Money doesn’t make you happy. Just work hard, at least you’ll be a good, honest worker.”
This Brule can combine two beliefs. “Having a lot of money won’t make you happy, and you aren’t meant to enjoy your work — you should work hard to earn your money and forget about having fun.”
In reality, you need money to survive and thrive. While money alone won’t normally make bring happiness in the long-term, people don’t have to choose between wealth and happiness.
In today’s world, more and more people are destroying this Brule by doing work they love and achieving great success financially, while also creating a very meaningful life. Passion and purpose fuels and motivates, thus providing the foundation for the perseverance necessary to achieve the big goals and dreams we are capable of.
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What Brules have had the biggest impact on your life? Comment below.