Long ago when a good friend of mine was learning the basics of astrology, his father (and teacher) gave him a horoscope and asked him for his opinion. He said “it is a lousy horoscope” – this guy has no marriage, he will never own a house, he will not amass wealth, ….”. His father said, “Excellent, this is the horoscope of Jagadguru Shankaracharya”. This man has had an impact on the world that very few people can match. The same could perhaps be said even of Mother Theresa – no marriage, did not buy a house, no wealth….:) Any financial planner will tell you this is a failure!
The most important step towards financial freedom is to keep the yardstick to be judged to yourself. Why should you worry about the world judging you if you do not even agree with the yardstick that the world has created?
I have a friend with a net-worth of at least Rs. 150 million, but does not own a car. He spends more time in meditation than on his business. And I have friends who will take a lot of trouble to tell me that they are doing well. L O L.
If you choose to lead a contented life and find your near and dear ones liking you for doing it, tell the world to ‘go take a walk’.
This post was inspired by a mail that I received from ‘The simple dollar’ – he says something about ‘who judges you’ and though I do not agree with it completely here is the link….
Comparisons, judging people with old yardsticks, over compensating for childhood inadequacies, etc. are a lower level living (hmmm I am judging you, ignore me 🙂 ). Makes sense to come out of the rat race? Come out. Because even after you win you realize that you are only a rat, and so are the judges. If you live like a man you can get by with zero cheese. Let whoever wants it take away my cheese.
Hey wait, so what if you do not want to come out of the race? Be in it!
After all there is a very thin line between – laziness, not being able to achieve and being satisfied. It is like body pain and laziness vs. body being sore – you have to make efforts to find out the line!
Nor do I have to become a Monk to sell my Ferrari. LOL.
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