The no bullshit truth about money is that you need about three million pounds to live a decent life these days.
You need a million to buy your freedom from the master. Another million to buy some toys (nobody I’ve ever met has been able to resist buying a pile of junk once they get some cash) and then another million to start putting your particular dream into action.
So what comes after making three million? (Which isn’t a lot these days.)
It is nothing more or less than the struggle to be all you can be as a person. To live a life of power and passion in the pursuit of your dreams – whatever they are.
The goal is simply to be all you can possibly be. This is enough. This single goal encompasses all others. There is no ‘retirement’! The ‘retire at 65’ mentality is for the brain-dead sheep – the digits on the counter – not for you.
You will live your life in the pursuit of ever larger dreams and goals – this is how to live a noble life.
What is the alternative to this superb and inspiring vision of power? To ‘retire’ at 65, flip magazines and do a bit of gardening? To take a day-trip to Shoreham on Sea? To watch a bit more telly? Come on! Is this the noble human purpose? Hardly.
I know it’s hard to dream when you’re tired. It is tough to have passion when you’re struggling to pay the gas bill. This is why you must take a stand and vow to break free of the treadmill. I can’t force you – I can only try to inspire you. There is a limit to what I can do with printed words. I can try to arouse you from your slumber and make you see that time is running out for you.
Ultimately though, if you think this is “too hard” and you haven’t got any fight, there is only one course left for you to follow. Resign yourself now to a life of third-rate mediocrity. Accept that you will never amount to anything. Admit that you will die broke and embarrassed. Abandon your dreams. Stop talking about becoming rich and achieving great things in 2013 – these are just meaningless words which you do not believe in; you are deceiving yourself and making others laugh at you. Settle for less. Be like everybody else. Sink into the enfolding arms of the warm masses. There is some comfort there. Mediocrity is reassuring.
If this last paragraph fills you with dread (I could hardly write it, I was so revolted) then you know the alternative.
Fight with every ounce of your strength and determination. Vow to yourself that one day you will BE somebody, that you will ACHIEVE something of note; that you will become WEALTHY and use the money in the pursuit of your unique dream; that you will leave the planet a better, a richer, a more wonderful place than when you arrived all those years ago as a new-born infant.
I’ll leave you with this famous quote:
“I do the best I know how, the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing it to the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me will not amount to anything. If the end brings me out all wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”