One of the songs I have on my workout playlist is titled, “Blood // Water” by Grandson. It gets me a little fired up when I listen to it, because of this…
“The price of your greed is your son and your daughter.”
These words have a massive impact on me. When I was younger (in my early 20s), I was willing to sacrifice everything to make more money. I can still remember an ugly argument with my wife from twenty years ago when I told her I wouldn’t let her or anyone else get in the way of my goal to build wealth. I told her that if she didn’t like it, she should leave me.
I still feel so much guilt from this one comment today, two decades later. It’s one of the things I would take back in a second; however, there are no take backs for massive stupidity.
When I uttered these words, I was working massive hours as CPA for my accounting firm. When I wasn’t working for my CPA paycheck, I was trying to earn a commissions by selling homes as a real estate professional. I was never home. I never hung out with her. She simply missed me.
I was a complete ass.
I’m not sure why, but she stuck with me through this period of my life. She didn’t leave me, as she probably should have. I’m one lucky guy, because I could have lost her.
She’s my best friend. I couldn’t imagine what life would be like today had I lost her. Thankfully, we spend A LOT of time together today.
I was willing to pay ANY price for my greed, including sacrificing my marriage.
This all changed when we had our first daughter. I’m not sure what actually happened, but I finally realized that I was making a costly mistake. A mistake I was bound and determined to fix. I finally started to putting the people I cared about first. I started making them my #1 priority.
I often wonder how many marriages are sacrificed for greed??
I also wonder how many parent/child relationships are sacrificed for greed??
“Honey, Daddy will go to your next game. I promise! I have a very important meeting tonight where I could make a lot of money. You understand, don’t you?”
No, they don’t understand.
Why am I sharing all of this?
Maybe, I’m hoping to help you consider the price of greed.
What are you sacrificing in order to make more money?