I do not believe that money brings happiness. Money can facilitate the ability to do what you love, and it can remove things you dislike from your life. Money can be a facilitator, but you need to know how to use it to better your life. Money in itself, sitting in your account, does not tangibly improve your life.
One thing that has struck me, having considered my Endgame, is that money is far less important to me than simply enjoying my life on a day to day basis. This was a huge realisation for me, as I have always been so hungry to be incredibly wealthy.
So many people work themselves into the ground so that at some point in the distant future, they will be wealthy. All those wasted days can lead to a wasted life. The last thing I would want to do is look back at 70 years of age, sitting on my pile of money, thinking “why on earth did I work so hard to get this now? I’ve wasted so many years of my life!”
Live for the moment. Enjoy each day. If you are not enjoying each day, if you are not getting out of bed with a smile on your face, find out what your Endgame is, then figure out how to achieve it. Increased wealth may or may not be involved – but is never the ultimate goal.
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