The easiest way to build wealth is...to just not spend it, to save it, store it away -- to just not care about consuming, to be too lazy to buy. You may have already heard me talk about this if you've been following my tweets lately.
The more things you have, the more complex your life becomes.
The more complex your life becomes, the more you have to deal with. You don’t want to have to deal with shit. You’re a procrastinator. So act like it.
Be lazy. Don’t buy anything. Lay back down and relax, dude (or dudette).
That’s how you get rich. That’s how you reach success. You do a whole lotta nothing.
You’ve been programmed to be a work droid, schlepping endless hours each day, overclocking your mental, emotional, and physical resources, just to earn measly wages . Then, as if busting your ass for dozens upon dozens of hours a week wasn’t enough to earn a few scraps off the table, they want to make you believe that leisure and pleasure comes from consumption and chasing after the latest and greatest.
Unreal. Even in your leisure, they want you working hard; they never want you to truly relax and take it easy. It’s hard work to keep up with the latest fashions and trends. It’s quite a burden to stay on top of the most modern technology. You’re not being lazy if you jump up immediately as soon as you see something new and shiny, you’re being a go-getter, a hardworking mindless consumption slave. You’ve been trained to hop on “opportunity” immediately. Our brain gets the same high on the “opportunity” to buy something brand spanking new as it does (or even more than)when there’s an opportunity in your career.
Of course, opportunity is something you personally notice and take advantage of. It is something you observe and “see” as a chance to make things happen, to bring you closer to your goal. It is not an obligation but a choice. You can do it, if you feel like it, man, whatever.
An opportunity is more like an “excuse” to do or not do something. When you make an excuse to play video games instead of going to work, you’re taking the “opportunity” to level up your character or increase your rank.
If someone tells you “This is a great opportunity”, chances are they are trying to sell you something, whether it’s a product, service, belief, or philosophy. Don’t believe them on face value and jump in on the opportunity blindly. Take the time to examine it for yourself and see if it really is a great opportunity or just a sales pitch.
Anyway, getting back to avoiding fashion and trends, I’m not saying that some of these new gadgets, movies, light-up t-shirts, and games aren’t cool. I’m saying it takes extra effort to find out what they are and go shopping for them. Even if you do enjoy the hunting for the product you’re purchasing and find satisfaction in researching information about it, and it doesn’t feel like much effort, you’re still better off procrastinating the purchase a bit.
Not to mention nowadays, often the product isn’t fully functional or ready for launch, but it’s rushed out to the shelves as quickly as possible with the whole attitude of “oh, we’ll just patch it later”, especially when it comes to software and video games. But we’re getting off topic here and that’s a whole other blog post in and of itself.
Anywho, the price of “new”is way overpriced.
Just look at the price tag on a new car compared (in the graph above) to even just what it is a year later. The depreciation rate drops dramatically from the initial launch price after the first year and continues to plummet. While the drop rates are not as extreme, this new/old price mechanic applies to pretty much every product out there from video games to clothes and smartphones.
You’re basically paying the impatient fee, the “I have no control over my impulsive self” fee. Procrastiantors are laid back and in control, aware of what they are spending and the decisions they make. Procrastinators are also, of course, very, very patient. We wait.
When a product from a major brand (like Apple, Sony, Nintendo, etc) first launches,i n the supply/demand see saw of economics, the supply is low because the product just launched and the demand is high because people want it NOW. That type of mindset is going to lead to overconsumption. People in society are trained to be much like Veruca Salt (the girl from Willy Wonka who was trashed"bad egg" because she couldn't wait and needed it NOW)
You have to understand, though, that the people with money, the people with power, they sell you the idea that happiness and success comes from what you own and who you are, your identity, is wrapped up in the materials you surround yourself in.
This is not true at all.
Happiness comes from within. Success comes from self fulfillment and satisfaction.
If you’re not happy, you don’t have to tire yourself out chasing dreams and collecting things. You just have to sit back, relax, and enjoy leisure.
You’re not trying to “do”or “get” anything. You’re just-- “being” (a lazy procrastinator).
You are simply existing and enjoying your own comfort in your own existence. There’s no “thing” that can improve upon that enjoyment or make it any better or even help you find it in the first place. Happiness and leisure are not “things” you chase after; they are not something you “work hard” to earn. They just simply are.
Embrace your laziness and you will feel the leisure. You will feel the happiness. Stop striving for success. Let the success come to you.
There’s no measure of success other than what you make of it. I can’t tell you what that is, because it’s different for everybody. I can tell you though, that’; it’s certainly not something advertised or sold to you. The deeper you dive into your laziness, the clearer the picture of that success will become.
Remember, the richest people do nothing with their money. They don’t touch it They put it away in the right places (invest it, save it) and sit back, relax, and let it grow. They don’t rush to spend it and get the latest and greatest.
In fact, most millionaires live in average size houses and drive okay-ish cars like Toyotas. They’re putting their money into stocks, bonds, and crypto, not meals five-star restaurants, a fleet of Firraris, and fancy cocktail yacht parties.
The idea that being rich means owning fancy sports cars , yachts, mansions and spending free time is spent fine-dining and traveling to the most expensive hotels is just propaganda to have you as a frantic anxious consumer needing and wanting to buy, buy, buuyyyyyy.
They get you thinking: well, if I can own at least *part of* wardrobe or I can experience *part of* that luxury lifestyle, if I can own that watch or that bag or if I can go to that concert or eat at that restaurant, then I’m on my way to success.
Spoiler alert: you’re not. As a matter of fact, you’re just building thicker walls for your own prison. Stop consuming. Start procrastinating.
Maybe you have a hard time “controlling” your bad spending habits. What that really means is you’re not being lazy enough. Lack of control means lack of laziness. It means you don’t lounge around enough in leisure. It means you care too much and have too much of an emotional bond to what’s on the shelves then what’s on your mind.
Honey badger don’t care. Honey badger don’t buy shit.
You already work your ass off in earning your money. Think about, why would you also want to work your ass off in what you do with that money?
The laziest way to make progress in your finances is to have your money act like a procrastinator. Just let it sit there. You can actually "buy" more laziness and leisure time by letting you're money follow your lead and...just sit there and do nothing.
If you want to make passive income, you can’t do that by actively buying things. Be a true procrastinator and save it for LATER.
Until next time,
Take it Easy. Take it reeeaaal easy.