Hidden behind the desire of being rich is something else. Money is an indicator of how well you’re doing; it easily becomes the measure of your fulfillment. But money can’t get you fulfillment.
You can’t buy fulfillment and you can’t get in on Facebook. You need to do something about it; build something. First, escape the trivial need of wanting more and more. Then, focus on building something you’re passionate about and you’ll be rich.
TL;DR: How to get rich
- Stop buying junk you don’t need
- Disconnect from social media
- Find an activity you’re passionate about; something to do, not to buy/get
- Build a passion project around that activity
You need more, more, and more
Everyone needs more, more, and more. Society programs you like that before you can add 2 and 2 together. Salesmen do, to be more specific.
Before my time, salesmen went door to door or had a stall in a market. Today, that’s not the case, salesmen are online – on social media, blogs, and so on. But that’s not even the fun part. The fun part is:
Everyone is a salesman.
For the most part, you’re not even paying money – you’re paying with your attention.
I’m selling you my blog. I want you to read more, and more!
Your best friend is selling you her vacation pictures on Facebook. She wants more likes!
Your brother is selling funny Tweets, he works so hard for retweets, even I retweeted him once or twice.
You’re also selling… on Myspace, even though you aren’t very successful lately.
All that drills a habit in your head. The habit of wanting more and more.Society pushes you to want more, more, and more.Click To Tweet
The result is simple yet terrifying. You never get bored.
You never get bored.
Doesn’t sound that bad, does it?
It kind of is. To keep you entertained forever, your brain picks the easiest way – getting something. There is no mental effort in browsing social media or clicking a few buttons on Amazon. This gives you a burst of pleasure, but that’s soon replaced by an empty feeling. Your brain lacks something else, something long term. But more on that in a bit, let’s explore the physical aspect of buying, first.
Someone wants you to want (and buy) more and more
The more you want, the more someone becomes rich.
Just look at advertisements. The big guys aren’t just selling you anything. They’re selling you exactly what you want even before you want it.Corporations aren't just selling anything, they're selling what YOU want even before you want it.Click To Tweet
The whole world is crazy about cool cars, I’m not. I’m crazy for high-tech gadgets, magic tricks, and awesome games. You got it, I’m not seeing any car ads. This begs the question:
How am I supposed to get rich while surrounded by temptation?
How I’m supposed to make you rich if I’m having a hard time myself?
The answer is surprisingly simple.
Get passionate about your work, personal project, or awesome hobby! Build something that will change the world in a small (or in a big) way.
Getting that new gadget, a new car, or a hundred likes makes you happy and excited, yes. But, in only a few hours most of the excitement evaporates and your happiness is the same as before. While this is not bad per se, you’ll be better off finding something else that makes you happier in the long run.
Passion will not only make you happy in the long-term, but it’ll also help you leave your mark in the world.
A few months ago, I completed a game for a client, I hadn’t started the blog yet, and I had a ton of spare time. “This project was rather long, I should rest for a while”, I thought. Mind you, I was making games on the side for fun and still had my day job. So, I took a break from my hobby.
After 3 about weeks, without a hobby, I was obsessed with Facebook. I spent 3, maybe 4 hours a day in there. Unfortunately, I rarely had that kind of time, so that started damaging my life. I found an effective short-term replacement for my passion, but I had to take a whiff every few minutes to keep me going.
Luckily (or not), it wasn’t the first time I was getting way too obsessed with something. In the past, I had obsessive periods with social media, games, buying magic tricks, and work before; I knew what to do. I blocked Facebook for 22 hours a day and made it pretty hard to unblock it.
And that worked! I was off the hook from Facebook… but I felt like crap. My days were rather empty, and, while I wasn’t working I was always missing something. So, I started the blog you’re reading right now.
What passion leads to
The more I write here, the more passionate I become about writing, so I spend more of my time here. The passion for my blog unintentionally led me to:
- Spend less time on social media
- Waste less time
- Buy fewer things ( waste less money )
- Want fewer things
In a nutshell, feeling self-fulfilled and passionate beats the hell out of buying junk and getting hearts online. You’ll waste less time and money. Passion will make you be both emotionally and financially rich.Passion will make you be both emotionally and financially rich.Click To Tweet
How to get there
Passion is rarely love at first sight. To be passionate about something you need to invest some time in it first. A bad first impression can stop you from exploring some of the things you’ll be most passionate about.
Yes, you can be passionate about physical things, but we’re focusing on activities now. Doing makes for a stronger passion that getting/buying. Collecting rare (and expensive) coins is nothing compared to a creative activity like drawing. The latter will make you feel much more fulfilled.
If you haven’t found something you’re passionate about, try to:
- Try a lot of different activities; make a list of them
- Try all the items in your list a second and a third time; give them a few chances to win you over
- Gradually narrow down the list until you’re left with just a few items
- Start dedicating daily time to one of the activities in your list
But why just one activity? You might have 5 or even 10, why waste all the others?
The goal at the beginning is to build consistency. Consistency will gradually make you better in anything and that brings more passion. First, establish one activity’s practice as a habit, then pick another one from the list and do the same thing.
A passion project
So, now you have some activity you’re passionate about – helping people, writing, making games, doesn’t matter. Now it’s time to frame that activity in a project.
If you want to help people, your project can be to collect a 10,000$ for a charity that you love!
Is writing your passion? Write a book of 50,000 words!
Want to make games? Make one game a month for a full year!
After a few months, you’ll find you no longer fill your time with buying stuff or getting likes. You fill your time with your project. And that’s making you rich, rich with happiness and fulfillment (and save you a lot of cash).
How to become rich
So, you don’t need more money to be rich. You need passion. Yes, that will stop you from buying useless junk, but that’s not the point. The point is you’ll feel amazing.You don't need more money to be rich. You need more passion.Click To Tweet
To be rich replace your need for more things with the need to work on your passion.
That’s about it.
Also, don’t underestimate the power of what I shared because of its’ simplicity. It can be life changing. Not only it can be, but it is – it changed my life.
Give it a shot yourself and share your story!