Money money money. As the famous song starts.
As a species we’re obsessed with money and material goods. We want the best money can buy.
Does that bring you happiness?
I’ve recently got into watching the T.V. series Empire, I was watching an episode last night after having finished off the British movie Hector’s And The Search For Happiness.
It was an interesting juxtaposition.
Empire is all about people who’ve made themselves into billionaires. They can afford whatever the heck they want, when they want it.
Hector’s…. I won’t write that ridiculously long film name again… is about a psychiatrist trying to discover what happiness is for different people.
The thing about Empire is it shows one thing… insane amounts of money just makes your life unpleasant.
Which got me to thinking about how T.V. studios and Hollywood portray billionaires on-screen.
Pretty much every single one is shown with all this awesome stuff. The kinda thing you look at and go… yeah, I’d love to have a house like that.
But when you look at the character thats being portrayed, 99.99% of the time they’re deeply unhappy.
It’s an old phrase which is worn out now, but I honestly believe money doesn’t buy happiness.
Yup it buys all kinda shit that’s great to have, and it can certainly make for an easier life (financially speaking). But it doesn’t make you happy.
Ask yourself… What makes you truly happy?
For me it’s friends, family and being able to spend time with them (and a little bit of travel).
I need to pay the bills.
But other than that I work to live.
Which means I want to work as little as possible, maximise the amount I earn in that timeframe and then go and do the stuff that makes me truly happy.
If you’re wondering why I’m telling you this, it’s because to be successful you need to focus on what makes you happy.
Not what you think should have.
Until you find that, you’re going to struggle to be successful because you won’t be enjoying what you do.
So ask yourself now, and answer honestly…
What is it that truly makes you happy?
What is that you would like to be able to do more of so that you go to sleep every night thankful for the life you’re living?
Answer those and then start to structure your business in such a way that it will give them to you.
Because that’s the true purpose of running your own business, being your own boss and not having anybody dictating what you do and when you do it.
Over and out.
P.S. In my next email I’m going to share how I build landing pages that convert like hot sauce.