Monday, December 22, 2008

To be rich, you must live richly

So let’s get back to basics for a blog. One of the main reasons I write is to help my readers get the most out of life. With that comes money. So you want to be rich? Doesn’t everyone.

Why do you want to be rich?

Money can’t buy happiness. But it can buy a lot of other cool shit. But that’s not the point. Being a consumivore (as opposed to carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, Al-Gore) is not what brings happiness. Money brings freedom. With money, you don’t have to show up for work Monday morning. You don’t have to skip out on the trip to Vegas this month. No one is calling you, hounding you to pay off that high interest rate credit card. No one sends you bills. You are free.

Freedom is happiness.

How do you get rich?

My very successful, Italian entrepreneurial friend from college once told me, “Jackson if you want to be rich, you have to live richly. Live like you are rich.”

50% of you reading this statement will immediately have an adverse reaction to this statement. “That won’t work!” you say. You can’t go spending money you don’t have, going into debt, living richly.

No shit.

His point was, you must invest in yourself. You must have things in common with those who are successful. Believe it or not, you vast knowledge of the Sony Playstation system will not advance you up the corporate ladder. Rich people do rich things. They boat, go to the shore, ski at mountain resorts, play recreational sports like golf, tennis, etc, and are well-traveled. When you are young, you can’t do all of this. But you can set yourself up for success. Don’t count on your parents to do this for you. In order to have things in common with rich people, start young. You’ll find the things they do are actually very fun and you’ll always have a conversation starter.

Take golf lessons. Learn to ski. Take a foreign language course and try to get a trip abroad to Europe once. Learn to swim. Eat seafood. Read one deep novel and have a good quote from it. You’ll be surprised how easy it will be to talk to the big-wigs in your area. This will open doors. The next step – go through them the right way.

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