Tim Ferriss: Money Is Not The Solution


 There is much to be said for the power of money as currency (I’m a fan myself), but adding more of it just isn’t the answer as often as we’d like to think. In part, it’s laziness. “If only I had more money” is the easiest way to postpone the intense self-examination and decision-making necessary to create a life of enjoyment—now and not later. By using money as the scapegoat and work as our all-consuming routine, we are able to conveniently disallow ourselves the time to do otherwise: “John, I’d love to talk about the gaping void I feel in my life, the hopelessness that hits me like a punch in the eye every time I start my computer in the morning, but I have so much work to do! I’ve got at least three hours of unimportant e-mail to reply to before calling the prospects who said ‘no’ yesterday. Gotta run!” Busy yourself with the routine of the money wheel, pretend it’s the fix-all, and you artfully create a constant distraction that prevents you from seeing just how pointless it is. Deep down, you know it’s all an illusion, but with everyone participating in the same game of make-believe, it’s easy to forget. The problem is more than money. -Tim Ferriss.

Have you ever felt like this? Reply and let us know how.

Omar Usman

Omar Usman is a founding member of MuslimMatters, Qalam Institute, Muslim Strategic Initiative, and Debt Free Muslims. He is a regular khateeb and has served in different administrative capacities in various national and local Islamic organizations. You can follow him on Google+ or on Twitter @ibnabeeomar. Check out his latest project at Fiqh of Social Media.


  1. November 20, 2014

    Great insight. Personally I haven’t felt like this because, even though I’ve been in the situation of that kind of ‘busyness’, I’ve always been aware that I needed to take control of that and use my time wisely. And guess what, right now I’m ready The 4-Hour Workweek of Tim Ferries and I’m loving it so far.

  2. November 24, 2014

    Money isn’t the answer if you live in developed and rich countries. But If you live in the Third World , more specifically in commodity based economies or least developed countries, then money is the answer to so many basic needs that can only be fulfilled through money – as a hard currency if you are a State – or even local currency if you are struggling to keep a roof over your family’s heads. This is a reality that you people in the West cannot really fathom..

    • Kathy
      March 11, 2015

      ASAK Brother Samir,
      the sad reality of those of us who live in these “rich and developed” countries is that their wealth and development is an illusion. we are working but the income gap is ever widening between those who work and those who do nothing but skim off profits from our increasingly frustrating and debilitating situation, aka credit cards. for a long time, we also worked ever harder, 2 to 3 jobs, thinking that throwing more money at our problems would finally resolve them, but it has no end.

      the thinking has to change; the mindset has to change. alhamdulillah, it is changing.


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