"More" money is a lazy goal

Everybody likes the idea of having more money.

Money creates distance between you and negative stressors (bankruptcy, homelessness, desperation) and grants you optionality. Having unlimited money would grant us unlimited options.

Having the option to choose any option is a powerful freedom few of us will ever have the chance to experience. The good news is that you don't need to be rich—because you don't care about most options. You don't care that an ice cream shop has 99 flavors of ice cream if you only like 5 of them.

Find out what you like, what you want to experience more of, and pursue those options. Why do you want more money? What will you use it for? Answer this and tally up the cost. You may be surprised at how affordable your goal lifestyle is.


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