Updated: Dec 3, 2020
In the infinitely many possible future realities, the best version of your life costs money. We can’t change our past, but we can change our future. We only get one chance at this whole “life” thing. This is it. It may not be it, but I don’t like to gamble. I don’t want to be reincarnated as a clam, just sitting around, lapping up water, and staying slimy. There is a negative association with people becoming wealthy. It can be the worst thing for people who turn to excessive drug or alcohol consumption, gambling, or become like Harvey Weinstein or Jeffery Epstein. But, for a good person, money can change the world for good. Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $45 billion to charity in their lives. They have saved the lives of countless children. Building wealth allows you the opportunity to make a huge impact on the world. If we don’t help ourselves, we can’t help everyone else. If you don’t give a shit about the world, then you can go buy a yacht, Bugati, mansion on the beach, and the nicest clothes money can buy. These things won’t guarantee happiness. But, it would be damn cool to have all these things. I would love to travel to every country on Earth before I die. I want to really know my neighborhood. In order to afford this life of travel, I will need some money, but most importantly, I need freedom. Our time is the most valuable asset we possess. Warren Buffett, sitting on his pile of gold, said he would trade all his wealth just to be young again. Stress is the number one killer. Reducing stress will help us live long lives. More money equals more security. And, money is the root cause of much of our stress. Money is the number one cause of divorce. Maybe there’s a correlation of having high stress about money and dying young from health issues.