Top 10 limiting beliefs about money that could be blocking the flow of wealth and abundance into your life #5

Limiting belief # 5: you have to work hard for money.

According to the story of Adam found in the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) God cursed Adam for disobeying the only rule in Paradise – not to eat from the forbidden tree. The curse was that Adam and henceforth all people would have to work hard for their food all the days of their lives. Pretty heavy guns – the whole of humanity punished for the transgressions of a single individual. This punishment would definitely not pass the test of fair and reasonable, let alone be considered proportionate to the crime, as required by today’s standards of justice and fairness.

It appears that this is the root of the misconception about needing to work hard to earn money. Given that just over 54% of the world’s population subscribe to these faith groups, it is easy to see how this idea has spread. Work only seems hard if it is something you are neither passionate about or enjoy doing. When your work is aligned with your values and passion, it doesn’t seem like work at all.

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”
Khalil Gibran

Indeed if you are in the right job, work will seem like play. Clearly perception is the key here. Work will only seem hard if you perceive it as such. Often when people work “hard”, they are less efficient than if they work smart. You are less likely to find effective smart shortcuts that make things easy if your mindset is stuck in the “work is hard” groove. There is a difference between putting in the required effort and working hard. Of course there will be times when more effort and resources need to be applied to get a particular result, however this is usually temporary and the results are significantly greater than the effort applied.

A corollary to the misconception that you have to work hard for your money, is the belief that it takes a lifetime to get rich. Most people who create fortunes have normally done so long before death or retirement. There are numerous examples of teenage millionaires who have got rich from using the Internet and a creative marketing idea. For example; Adam Hildreth was 14 when he launched his popular social networking site and had made over £2 million by the time he was 19 and Ashley Qualls created a £million business selling MySpace layouts to teenage girls.

Making money is hard work and becoming rich takes a lifetime only if you believe it to be so. As Henry Ford said “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”

What information or evidence are you discounting in order to hold to your belief that you have to work hard to make money? Please share your thoughts; I look forward to reading them.

About Ola Agbaimoni

Known as "The Business Detective" due to her "Sherlock Holmes" like problem solving abilities, Ola works in partnership with her sister Carole Pyke, The Business Bard. Together they run Eélan Media, a new type of Business growth agency offering a forensic approach to business and a creative approach to marketing. As well as being an expert in business planning, training and development, Ola is also a certified coach, NLP practitioner; an accomplished author, speaker and presenter.

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