Three Stories About Billionaires
by James Altucher: 10
Reasons Why You Have To Quit Your Job This Year
little nervous about hitting publish on this post because
its definitely going to go viral in the massive very close-knit
billionaire community. You know, the many people who post anonymously
on Internet message boards.
I led a retreat a few weekends ago about yoga and some of the other
things Ive written about this blog: specifically the
daily practice that I talk so much about. There was a
lot of Q&A and I got an opportunity to tell some stories. Heres
a few of them. First, a preview (if you are reading this via RSS,
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I was out for breakfast with a friend of mine who manages some money.
About three billion dollars. Hes done very well and written
a book about his success. Nice guy.
At the breakfast
he told me that the day before he had had breakfast with XY [Insert
top billionaire's name who runs a multi-billion dollar private equity
fund]. My friend was describing that breakfast to me, the
entire time he was going on and on about what bastards those
Google guys are. As in why should those google kids
be worth $18 billion each and Im only worth $2 billion?
a billion dollars will solve their money-envy issues. But having
a billion dollars could actually make it WORSE. You never develop
the muscle for I-will-never-have-a-billion dollars.
When you have
a well developed i-will-never-have-a-billion-dollars
muscle you maybe find other things in life aside from money that
will fulfill you having positive people in your life that
you love, being healthy, being kind, not taking things so seriously,
giving up control over things you cant control, and so on.
Joseph Heller, the author of Catch-22,
once was at a party in the Hamptons. A guy came over to him and
pointed at a young, 25-year-old standing in the party who worked
for a big hedge fund. Hellers friend said to him,
see that guy over there? He made more money last year then
you will ever make with all of your books combined.
said, Maybe so. But I have one thing that man will never have.
was skeptical. Oh yeah, what?
I think this
is beautiful. What is enough? Its not a number. Look around
you this second. Do you really need anything else then the feeling
you have this second? If you say money or even sex
or love those answers might be true for future seconds.
But right this very moment do you really need more money in your
pocket? You might be on a train reading my blog. How would you be
having sex anyway? Often we get absorbed in the things we want in
the future. As if we are unhappy now but theres some complicated
journey that can take us to happiness. The currency of unhappiness
will never buy us happiness.
Often to get
to happiness, we can skip the journey part and just choose to enjoy
this moment. This moment we can have enough. Why not?
Who can stop us?
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