Are Americans Obsessed with Money?

November 9, 2006

What is the one thing most Americans have in common? Amanda Congdon, former host of the popular videoblog Rocketboom, has been traveling across America and from her journey she concludes that many of us “seemed to have money on the brain”.

When asked by Guy Kawasaki what she’d learned from her trip across the country Amanda answered:

“Americans are obsessed with money. I know it’s common sense, but driving across the country and actually, literally – seeing all these different Americans living such radically different lives – it was fascinating that they all seemed to be concerned about the same things: where their money was going, how it was being spent, how much they were saving, and on and on. It was quite eye opening. Whether they were rich or poor – or somewhere in between – everyone seemed to have money on the brain.”

A Means To An End
Do you obsess about money? It’s easy to do; money affects every part of our life in one way or another. Money should be a tool, something we use to live our lives; but unfortunately, many of us end up living our lives around money instead.

Money Smart Life
The battle between quality of life and an emphasis on money is a constant struggle. Sometimes we become so focused on the money portion of it that we lose sight of the most important part, living. I think there is a healthy balance that can be found between living the life we desire and finding the money to reach these goals. How do you balance living your life with managing your money? How do you live a money smart life?


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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