In our present day economy, our US greenbacks are no longer based in precious metal. Rather, they are based in what we say they are. Such is the advantage of being a super power. Though that is likely to change with time.
Money is a Symbol of Energy.
Paper money. Is it not just an agreed upon symbol?
I like to think of money as being a symbol of energy.
People exert energy (working) to earn money (a symbol of energy).
When one has money, they can exchange the paper for other peoples services (or their energy). One can also trade this paper for goods (which required energy on other peoples part, to construct).
The more money we have, the more energy we can put into action. The less money, the less energy we can put into action. To gain money, our exertion of energy must be of value to others. Is that not what entrepreneurship is partly about providing value while assuming risk for financial gain?
I think a lot of artists think of money as something that they either have or do not. This lack of money, often controls whether or not they will work at all. I find that to be a shame and lacking in imagination.
Altering ones perspective on money can enable one to think of ways to develop value for others. What services or goods can you provide, which will cause others to want to give you their symbols of energy?
What value can you offer? What value might you offer?