I watched an interesting presentation on what makes a good life by Robert Waldinger yesterday. I was searching for an inspirational talk on “How to be successful” (blablabla), but I discovered Robert’s talk instead. And I believe the video is quite important for Gold Members of Hacked, as it is to me.
I know that for myself to be happy, I need to reach certain goals. My most prioritized goals at this point in life is financial freedom. I started with next to nothing; I’ve created multiple businesses and organizations. Many failed, some made it. I know what it’s like to be “broke”. I know what it’s like to not be able to buy the food you desire, to not be able to travel where you want, and most importantly, to not have the means to secure a home. I’ve come a long way on my journey to financial freedom already, but I still have more to accomplish before I can check off those boxes.
When that is said, the presentation by Robert shows that to be truly happy, you need relationships. You can have all the money in the world, and you still won’t be happy unless you have good friends, a family, and associates you can socialize with.
I’ve read that the most satisfied people are the ones living in the middle of rich and poor. They are wealthy enough to do whatever they want, but not super wealthy which might cause jealousy within your social circle. Some say “Mo money, mo problems”, and that’s something I can confirm. I’m not rich, by no means, but I’ve made some serious cash compared to the average person in Norway. I felt a minor degree of what I believe super rich people experience on a more regular basis.
I believe all should strive to reach their financial goals, but that should not become your entire life. Remember to take care of your relationships and create memories with friends and family. That’s going to be with you for the rest of your life. Money will come and go.
Watch the video by Robert below:
And I had to add this video as well: