Yep, that’s right. Money WILL NOT make you happy. No amount of money will. That’s what I’ve come to discover over the last few years as I’ve gone from nearly dead broke to earning and spending more than any reasonable person should.
It’s our family that makes us happy (sometimes!). Our friendships. The little things that make us smile or laugh each day. The excitement of watching our favorite sports team rally from behind. Or being totally immersed in a great live concert. It’s having meaning in our lives. It’s so many things. But simply having a lot of money is not one of them.
Here’s another secret. Even though money won’t make you happy, it will most likely make your life MUCH EASIER. So if you’re an unhappy person, it will make you an unhappy person with an easy life. And if you’re a happy person, you’ll smile and laugh your way all the way down easy street.
By “much easier”, I mean that you can choose to work less and play more. You can hire people to take care of your house, your business, and your kids (on occasion hopefully!). You can use this free time to do whatever you wish. You can give back, pursue your hobbies, spend time with family and friends, and so much more.
And THAT is why obtaining financial freedom is such a worthwhile goal, even when money itself won’t make you happy.
With that in mind, here is a glimpse into my world and how I spend some of my free time. The pics below were taken last week while I was in Seattle for seven days playing in a national softball tournament. If I were still working at ExxonMobil, this trip wouldn’t have even been possible.
There were 34 teams, and we finished in 5th place. Early on in the tournament, we beat the team from Boston that ended up winning the whole thing, so we think we can take first place next year. For now, we’re satisfied with our 5th place finish. Click on the image below, and enjoy the pics!…
Clicking on the image above will take you to the pictures on Shutterfuly’s website. Once you are there, click to “View Album” and then click to “View Slideshow”. Once the slideshow starts, click on “Options” in the top-right corner, and select to view Titles and Captions. Enjoy!
Until next time, happy (and profitable) investing!
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