Less is more. -Robert Browning
Discipline equals freedom. -Jocko Willink
Until now, I’ve never considered what it would be like to be a 1 Percenter because I’ll never be one. But, a recent Happy Philosopher post got me thinking about it:
I like to think that if I earned a huge amount of money or inherited millions, I wouldn’t change. But who am I to judge? I’ll never have this kind of money and I’ve never been around it either.
I take it back, I will judge. One of my favorite sayings ever is from retired Navy Seal Jocko Willink:
Discipline equals freedom
So simple, but so powerful. A disciplined life is a good life:
- Surround yourself with a minimal amount of possessions.
- Eliminate the number of decisions you make in a day. Do this by being consistent and setting up systems.
- Learn how to say No.
- Choose the people that you surround yourself with carefully. Shitty people will bring you down. Good people will kick your ass into gear. Cull the herd.
A simple life is a good life.
This brings me back to Happy Philosopher’s $1,500,000 friends. Just because you have insane amounts of money doesn’t mean you need to live an insane life. Just because you can doesn’t mean have to buy a yacht, vacation homes and eight cars. Rent the boat and home. Have a couple good cars. I like bicycles, so I give you a pass there. You may own as many bikes as you’d like.
I’d like to know your thoughts:
- What would you do if you made $1,500,000 per year?
- Do you know anyone who is really wealthy? Does their lifestyle look like a rap video?
- How do you keep your life simple?
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