Category Archives: Philosophy

The Value of Wealth

Whenever someone tells me that money doesn’t bring happiness, I smile and am glad that that person never had a close relative whose life depended on speedy medical intervention to the tune of several thousand dollars.

Of course, there is no lack of unhappy rich people. I’m not claiming money is a panacea. Only that it opens doors. 

The person with money has more options, can take more risks, acquire better quality knowledge more quickly, and focus more of his or her time on the areas of his greatest interest.

Science proves it. A research paper with a very robust control group found out that what I’ve been preaching for years is true: a single injection of capital into a poor family’s finances earns you (much) better results than five weeks of psychotherapy.

Fortunately, we continue to have scientists working hard to prove that which is obvious to all non-scientists. 🙂

Purpose & Journaling

Who are you? What are you all about?

Gurus and philosophers alike have harped for thousands of years about the importance of answering the questions. Before the concept of “life purpose” was beaten to an inch of its life by the personal development crowd, it was a staple of philosophical thought. Yet most frameworks to find it are, at best, limited, and at worst, childish and useless.

Journaling provides a better answer, over time. 

As you go through your journal entries over the years, what patterns do you see emerging? What are the things that you go back to, time and again? Those entries say more about who you are and what really matters to you than whatever you can come up with right here right now because they are a consensus, a democratic opinion cast by the sum of your past selves.

Don’t have years of journal entries to draw upon?

You can start today.

I never promised easy answers.

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The goal

“If a man knows not to which port he is sailing, no wind is favorable.” — Seneca

Having goals doesn’t mean that we will achieve them; nor can they act as a source of motivation (at least, not by themselves). The purpose of a goal is not motivation, nor is it a primer to the mystic “law of attraction.”

Its purpose is to generate focus.

To have an end in mind is to see the big picture — as the expression goes, “to see the forest for the trees” — without giving up the ability to zoom in when and where it is needed.