December 30, 2010
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The last couple days I’ve been thinking about people who are true capitalists. These are people who are always pushing forward, pushing themselves to do bigger and better things. To hear conservatives talk, you’d think nothing in the world would ever get done without these people. And when I hear things like that, sometimes I think there’s something wrong with me because I don’t have that drive.
But I also think, are these people really happy? They never reach their goal. There’s always something more to do. Then I backed up and looked at my own life. My quality of life improved at the point I stopped wanting more. Well, that’s not the best way to say it. My life improved at the point I stopped defining happiness as having more. It’s more about how I hear people say, “if I had a 64” TV, I’d be happy”, “if I only had to work 20 hours a week, I’d be happy”, “I wish I could find an awesome deal on a new house.” It’s so… specific.
So now you get what you want. Then what? You want something else. You’re never focused on what you have now, you are always looking forward to what you want, keeping yourself in a perpetual feeling of non-fulfillment. Obsessing over the lack of something keeps it in front of you, gives it power, even giving it power over you. It doesn’t matter if it’s an object, a condition, or a person. very simply, if you are always telling yourself “I need more money,” don’t you always need more money? Yes, because that’s what you keep saying. If you keep telling yourself, “my life sucks,” your life will suck, because no one’s arguing the point – certainly not you.