They say knowledge is power, but so is money (without knowledge). As millennials, we need to ensure we avoid being corrupted by money and stay humble on our journey to financial freedom. A lot of people will do anything it takes to become wealthy, even if that means they have to lie, steal and cheat their way through life. Ever heard of that little thing called karma? It’s incredibly real and it will come back to bite you if you allow money to corrupt your morals.

How To Avoid Being Corrupted By Money

Stay Humble While You Earn Money

Be Great

This quote holds so much truth. People remember kindness and that kindness spreads like wildfire once started. We understand the world of business is complex, and there are plenty of examples about people who have been corrupted by money and have destroyed other people’s lives (GFC anyone, Wolf of Wallstreet, Enron…). As part of the young generation, it’s up to us to start setting new examples and go into the world of business honestly and humbly.

Stay True to Your Values

Your 20’s is a time of new experiences andย learning. But in the process, make sure you find role models who share your values. Don’t be easily influenced by people your gut says not to trust. Identify early what your own values are and make sure to conduct yourself in a way that reflects those values, and create boundaries to be sure your values are protected. Yes, it’s also easy to be influenced by money, but don’t let money corrupt your values either… no matter how difficult it may be at times.

Trust Your Gut

Your gut (instinct) is a wonderful, yet powerful thing… don’t ignore it! (and don’t allow it to become corrupted) Feel like someone is doing you wrong? Remedy the situation and get out before you need to go into damage control, or confront the situation head-on.ย We are firm believers that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason takes a while to manifest itself. If you identify a sign, trust it. Your gut (instinct)ย will always keep you honest and trustworthy… “don’t trust what you see, even salt looks like sugar.”Follow your gut!

Have a Support Group

These are your friends and family. People who have no ties to what you do business-wise (unless you work with family). This support group should keep you grounded and keep your actions honest. They are there for you to talk to, confide in and share experiences with… they are invaluable.

Make Friends Who Will Push Yourself Up a Level

Be very exclusive as to who you allow into your circle. Yes sharing is caring, but oversharing can be detrimental. We’re not saying take them for a panel interview and interrogate them (unless that’s your style), but find out everything you can about them first and take everything they say with a grain of salt at the beginning.

There are a lot of people out there who are in it for themselves. If you truely want to make an impact on humanity,ย don’t allow money to corrupt your values. You’ll live a much more fulfilling and satisfying life by being genuine and acting with sincere purpose.

“Strive to be better, more, and amazing!”

Stay kind,

Amanda & Julia xx

Do you know someone who can relate to this article? Do you agree/disagree with any of the statements we’ve made? We’d love to heard your thoughts on this topic, so please leave a comment!

39 thoughts on “How to Avoid Being Corrupted by Money”

  1. This is something so important I’m glad you wrote about it. My mom has always taught me that money doesn’t buy happiness and that staying grounded and humble is really important. I totally agree with you, staying true to your values is what it’s all about.

  2. I’ve never really had extra money, I don’t know if it would corrupt me or not. I feel like I wouldn’t know what to do with a generous amount of extra money. I think your tips are great. Especially keep a support system. I feel like if you have friends and family around you that know you and how you were prior to having money, they would keep you grounded.

    1. Exactly Krysten! We’re in the same boat as you. It’s hard to know how you would react in certain situations, but I think just the reminder to always stay humble no matter what is important ๐Ÿ™‚
      Amanda

  3. You made a lot of good points here, and it’s true that so many people are only looking out for themselves – especially in the business world. Money does corrupt, too – but it doesn’t have to, and this was a great way of saying so.

  4. I think one of the biggest ways to stay humble while earning money is to give some. I love to give money away. It reminds me that it’s not all about me and that it’s not mine to begin with! I think you hit some great points here and it’s always good to be pushing towards that next level if that’s where you want to be heading, but it’s not right for everyone.

    1. It’s all a learning experience isn’t it! I’ve found my gut instinct has never lead me astray, and you’ve just got to go with it ๐Ÿ™‚
      Amanda

  5. I agree with all of this. Humility is such an important factor especially when it comes to earning money or your financial status.

    1. Thanks CourtneyLynne ๐Ÿ™‚ They do and it’s so heartbreaking to see it happen as well. So glad you loved the article!

  6. I THINK… that if anyone has the real chance of not being corrupted by money its millennial. You guys seem to really be doing your own thing and leaving tradition… not morality or ethics… behind.

  7. great post and so true! i dont think ill ever have an issue like that though seeing as im dead broke ALL the time xD but nevertheless, thanks for sharing this ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Katja, money doesn’t mean happiness! Having a support group that align with your individual morals and goals also is helpful! xx Julia

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