best of… laura simms: say goodbye to a million dollars

Let’s take a look back on 2011 – the posts that inspired, challenged, and encouraged us. Today, re-think your benchmarks with Laura Simms’ post from August.

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“I want to make a million dollars.”

That’s the number, isn’t it? The number that bounces out when we think about big money and how much we need to feel successful and secure.

It’s like we’re pre-programmed; when we ask ourselves, “How much money do I want?” our brains search the database, locate the file, and boop! One million dollars pops on the screen and out of our mouths.

I don’t know about you, but for me, thinking of a million dollars is like thinking about the universe being infinite; I understand intellectually, but it’s too abstract to feel in my bones. All those zeroes don’t add up to any meaning, and it’s hard to work towards the meaningless.

So let’s scrap the million dollar mark.

Goodbye, infinite space. Hello, ground beneath our feet.

Once you’ve let the million go, there’s room for you to make real money. Money that is meaningful, tangible, and more than enough to support you. Get real about what you need, what you want, and what those numbers really are. Then you can set a new benchmark that’s personalized, connected, and meaningful.

You still want your million? Girl, go get it. But build to it from where you are. If you’re not clear how to make your first $100, $1,000, or $100,000, work that out first. Then it’s infinite space for you.

Will you adjust your benchmark? Let us know in the comments.

Gathering light,


2 thoughts on “best of… laura simms: say goodbye to a million dollars

  1. Thank you so much for this post. I’ve been struggling with the idea of starting my own business. I will try to concentrate on earning my first $100. A manageable goal!

  2. Thanks Laura! Just what I needed. My sister and I were just talking about our current ‘money stress’. Although we are both fairly philosophical about it, this little reminder about not getting overwhelmed by our long term visions is really going to help us! Bring on 2012 :)

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