Words that matter

Wealth?  Rich?  Are these bad words?

Some people are put off by these words.  In my experience, teens are not!  Not because they are greedy or shallow, I think, but because they want to learn life skills that will allow them to be wealthy…I mean, rich…I mean, wealthy.  Yikes!  What’s the politically correct word to use?

If you ask me, I think we could just give up our hang ups and be happy with both words.  Our hang ups about money show up when we get all righteous about which word has which connotation…

Let’s teach the teens we love that money is a tool that can be used to give you the life of your dreams, provide the people you love with opportunities, and make a difference in ways that matter to you.

Let’s teach the teens we love that money and what you do with it, no matter how much you have, reveals your character. It doesn’t change who you are; rather, it’s an expression of who you are.

Now, the conversation can be one that matters, that’s real, and that lasts.

© WealthQuest for Teens, Ltd., 2011.  All rights reserved worldwide.



  1. I couldn’t agree more…money is a tool, it’s something we made up (albeit a long time ago!), and it can mean whatever we make it mean. If we give it negative energy and power, our kids will. If we look at it as something positive that we can use to make a difference in the world, we can also pass that lesson onto our children.

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