Thursday, May 10, 2018

Enough

Simon Sinek has a story where he helps a homeless person make $40 in 2 hours instead of her normal $20-$30 per day. After the 2 hours she leaves. The crowd laughs when Simon mentions this.

A long time ago I would have laughed right a long. But thinking more about it, I think we might learn something from this homeless person. That person knows what is enough for them. On the other hand we toil endlessly at our jobs, as we make more money we buy fancier things, never really thinking about what is enough.

Now there's nothing really inherently wrong with wanting more. I get it. We all want better. However, life is a game of tradeoffs and tradeoffs are made whether you are aware of them or not. Even the super rich at some point makes tradeoffs; they eventually will run out of money after buying their 23rd mansion or 3rd yacht.

And going one step further, if there are tradeoffs to be made, then that means that if you spend OVER what is enough for you in one area, you have less left over for another area, and that is less than optimal.

Most spending decisions aren't such a big deal. But some are life changing. One big mistake is to buy too much house. Buying too much house can cause you to spend your ENTIRE lifespan trying to pay it off. If that wasn't a life dream of yours than that's a huge problem because maybe you should have bought less house and took multiple vacations each year. Or less house and more cars. Or no house and rent all over the world. Whatever you desire.

Since everything you buy you need to work for. You can even decide to not buy more and more things, and work less. This brings us back to the homeless person. The homeless person has  decided what values they have, what they need to survive. They aren't inflating their lifestyle and know when to quit working.

The actual numbers are much different than yours but don't laugh at the homeless person. Everyone's numbers should be different because our needs are different. Accept the fact that everyone else is making different tradeoffs than you.

When you don't know what's good enough for you, the default is always 'more' and if you never stop and think of what that point is, you can easily go past your true 'enough' point, robbing energy from other areas.