Tuesday, June 01, 2010
So many are obsessed with wealth, but how many know how to spend it?
For years, I've given a simple three word answer to the question, "What would you do if you became a billionaire?"
My response? "Take more naps."
A bit flippant perhaps, but telling. The true value of wealth is freedom. It's up to you to make the most of that freedom.
Today, I spent part of a jog refining my answer. I've decided that there are three things I'd do if I become a billionaire:
1) Get enough sleep to feel well-rested
Sleep is incredibly underrated; a full night's sleep makes me feel like a world-beater. Now imagine that feeling every single day!
2) Get enough exercise to feel healthy
For most of us, exercise is one of the first things to go when work gets busy. But if you were a billionaire, you could make it a priority.
3) Get enough time with your family to feel happy
Whether it's time with a parent, playing with a child, or spending quality time inside and outside the bedroom with your spouse or partner, your family relationships are one of the most important contributors to your happiness.
I would argue that much of the dissatisfaction people feel with their lives comes from being forced to prioritize earning money over these three priorities. A billionaire wouldn't have to.
Then again, do you really need to be a billionaire to get enough sleep, exercise, and enjoy the company of your family?
Maybe, just maybe, you can live like a billionaire right now. Ultimately, it's up to you.
I particularly like what my friend Matt said to me in a Twitter DM:
"Sleep, Exercise, Sex is also How to Live Like a German Shepherd Dog."
Billionaires have a lot to learn from German Shepherds!