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My word for this week is Money.

Money, and the issues surrounding it, has caused more harm and ruined more businesses, friendships, and families than arguably any other word in the history of all words.

To paraphrase a centuries-old Buddhist quote, “Money makes an excellent Servant but a terrible Master.”

In business, money makes our world go round. It pays the bills, keeps our employees happy, and helps us chase our dreams. For too many business owners, the single biggest stumbling block to success and growth is the lack of access to money.

But I will let you in on a big secret—money is not the currency to focus on if you want long-term success and happiness—in business and life. Time is.

“Time is the only currency that matters.” We can all make more money. An ocean full of money is out there waiting for the right product or service. As James Earl Jones so eloquently said in the movie Field of Dreams“…They’ll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. ‘Of course, we won’t mind if you look around,’ you’ll say. ‘It’s only $20 per person.’ They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it, for it is money they have and peace they lack.”

If that last sentence didn’t drive home my view on money, I will leave you with a magnet quote that is on the mini fridge in my office: “If you have a family that loves you, a few good friends, food on your table, and a roof over your head, you are richer than you think.”

It’s all about priorities.

Brian Moran

Brian Moran

Prior to rejoining the world of entrepreneurship, Brian was the Executive Director of Sales Development at the Wall Street Journal where he oversaw the sales development and marketing programs for the financial and small business categories among the many Journal brands. From 2002-2010, Brian was President of Veracle Media and Moran Media Group.

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