The Seven Money Types Moments: Aaron - Humility
Today, I want to explore the sixth of the seven money types: The Aaron type. The Aaron type loves to use money to serve and meet the needs of others. You can think of them as the Mother Teresa of the money types.
Aaron types believe that money should be used to serve others.
When Aaron types see a need, they feel they must meet it. They maintain a critical eye toward wealth, especially when it is used to exploit or marginalize another person or group. They prioritize human need over their own financial wealth. In this sense, they are not dissimilar from the Abraham type - both are others-centered when it comes to money. However, as with all the money types, it's important to remember that motivation matters. Abraham types find the most energy when using money to make others feel special or noticed. Aaron types are most compelled to use money to meet needs.
Each type has a shadow side and the shadow side for an Aaron type is instability. Like Aaron, who made the golden calf when the people demanded a god to go before them while Moses was missing in action atop a mountain, Aaron types can be a little wishy-washy when it comes to money: They can give people what they claim to need rather than what they really need. They're big-hearted people and can be taken advantage of. Additionally, this instability can manifest itself in their inattention to their own financial planning. Aaron types can be described as financially innocent, meaning they don't think much about their financial future, which gives them a care-free persona. However, lack of planning can lead to financial instability.
In The Seven Money Types, I help you better understand the Aaron type, its core characteristics and shadow side. I also give you tips to grow and resolve financial tension.
Understanding and embracing your money type empowers you to use money in a way that brings you joy, while being aware of your money type’s pitfalls or shadow side. This understanding can also bring about greater unity in a relationship.
For now, I want to encourage Aaron types to consider doing one of the following:
- It's great that you love to use money to meet the needs of others. Every type can and should do this. However, it could be time to take a look at all the money that is going out to meet human (and animal/environmental, etc.) needs and ask yourself: "Am I meeting the needs of my own future financial?" If you're not, chances are that someone else is going to have to bail you out down the road. There's nothing selfish about saving and investing for your future. In some sense, it can be an act of generosity toward others who will not have to use their money to meet your future needs.
- Before you give financially to meet the needs of others, ask yourself: Is this the highest and best way to meet this need? Are there others with whom you can partner to meet this need? For example, is there an organization or group who addresses the need you're trying to meet on your own in a systematic and intentional way?
- Read a money management book or take a money management course. Your innocence toward finances probably makes this practice seem excruciating, however, if you view it as a way to better steward money so that you can better meet the needs of others, it might be just a little more life-giving.
The bottom line about Aaron types: Like Aaron in the Scripture, you are humble in the best of ways: strong and yet able to meet the needs of others. Remember, as priest, Aaron spent his days in a sacrificial system. Like Aaron, you are sacrificial, and hopefully in a healthy sense that does not undermine your own well-being. Keep using money in a way that brings you joy while also using money to plan for your financial future.
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