Well… I’ll be up front. It’s not quite about making money per se but I promise you by the end of this little entry here, you’ll feel a lot richer than you have before.
What is this? Click bait? TF?
Not at all, my fellow ProcrastiN8r, you’ll soon see how to be richer, whether or not that actually includes making more moola.
Before we get to that though, I’ll admit, when I first started creating content, the goal was to provide tips on how to make money online, the lazy way.
And certainly, I covered everything from making money from your smartphone to making money from your computer and all things in between, with the idea that you didn’t have to leave the couch in order to build an income. You could leave your 9 to 5 job, throw out your three piece suit and lie around in jammies all day. Nice!
But over time, it’s evolved into this...philosophy of sorts, the Lazy mindset, the idea of minimizing effort and maximizing results as well as taking it easy in all aspects of life.
It became evident that making money passively was just the tip of the iceberg and there’s so much more about being lazy than that.
See, making money is all well and good, don’t get me wrong. You want to be able to pay the bills and not have to schlep work for a belligerent boss for decades of your life. I get it.
And believe me, on principle that’s what this is all about. This is all about freedom and financial freedom is certainly what we want to achieve; not having to worry about the question “How am i going to pay for this when I don’t have a job?” is the ideal. This is all about attaining satisfaction, satisfaction in knowing all is good. This is all about, well, being lazy and getting away with it.
In other words, while making money from the couch is a part of it all, that only scratches the surface of creating a whole lazy LIFE.
Now, I may of course get back to the roots of what this blog was all about to begin with, that is, how to earn an income from sitting on the couch all day...eventually.
But today I want to dive into “What does it mean to be rich in the first place?”
I mean here you are, looking up ways in which you can become rich without working hard, but what does that actually look like to you? Does it mean driving a ferrari to your mansion or sipping margaritas on your own private yacht? Or maybe it’s just living in an average home, nothing fancy, and not having to worry about how you’re going to pay the bills.
Whatever it is, you have to realize that being rich, it’s all perspective and that’s something we’re gonna deep dive into today.
I know I can feel your disappointment. Goddamnit, Nate! Just tell me how to make money the lazy way.
And fine, I’ll give you this:
That’s really it. On principle.
I promised you this wasn’t click bait.
You want to integrate the moneymaking aspect of your life with your life itself.
Don’t create a job. Create an income. That’s your goal.
If you sit around playing video games all day. Monetize it. Start streaming. Write or record reviews.
If you do nothing but eat food in your free time. Monetize it. Post up some food reviews. Create recipes people can follow online.
Fact of the matter is, you like something. You just have to share how much you like it on the Interwebs. Build an audience and build trust to that audience.
In doing so, you have to come to grips with the fact that you’re not gonna be making bank overnight. You’re not gonna have a huge crowd of people in a day. It takes time. It takes “eventually” to reach even a notable level of profit or notoriety.
But since you’re doing the thing(s) you’d enjoy doing anyway, it doesn’t really matter how much time it actually takes because you’ll enjoy the process of making it happen and not just having it happen. In other words, you’ll be satisfied with each slow n’ steady step towards your goal and not just the moment you actually achieve said goal.
Basically, don’t see what you’re doing as a “waste of time”.See it as an opportunity, an opportunity to make some cha-ching! And not to mention actually feel satisfied in yourself.
Turn what you’re already doing in your lazy little routine into a profit making, happiness creating machine. It’s not about working hard. It’s about working smart.
Anyway, after a bit of a long intro, without further ado...let’s dive right into it!
What does it mean to be rich/wealthy anyway?
It seems like the answer would be something obvious, like “to own a lot of resources.” You might think that’s a pretty solid definition right there, but it’s still not specific enough.
I mean what amount is actually “a lot” and what “resources” are we talking about?
The truth is, it’s all perspective. What may seem like a lot to one person, may be hardly anything to another.
Having A/C to keep you cool during the summer or heat to keep you warm during the winter may not seem exactly “wealthy” to you or I that are living in a first world country where these kinds of luxuries are taken for granted, but for someone in a third world country, having a thermostat would be considered incredibly wealthy.
Likewise, to a billionaire, owning half a dozen ferraris may be the equivalent to owning six packs of gum to the minimum wage worker.
In a way, we measure wealth based on what we already have. When we think of the question “What is wealth?” We think to ourselves “more than this” as the answer.
We have a fascination with the idea of “more”, don’t we?
Always wanting more of one thing or another. What we have is never enough. We want the better house, better car, better phone, the list goes on and on.
The dream of wealth is nothing but a fascination of wanting more perpetually.
Even if you reach the level of financial success to call yourself “wealthy”, you wouldn’t feel that way. Like say now you own the garage fleet of ferraris, you’ve got that damned mansion with the Olympic-sized pool. You’ve got the Hawaain Punch water fountains.
But there’s still something missing. You want more. You don’t feel wealthy enough.
Even though you have the level of wealth you dreamed about, once you have it, it’s still not enough. It’s never enough.
You can never feel simply satisfied with what you have. There’s always something missing, something MORE you want.
If a millionaire complains about what his life is missing, it’s likely you’d want to say:
“Bitch what you complaining about? You drive a freaking Mercedes”
In a the same vein, a person living in a first world country with just a mediocre income, not rich by any means,complaining about something they’re missing, would have a third world country person tell them:
Bitch, what you talking about? You have running freaking water.
By desiring more, you fail to appreciate what you do already have. You don’t see the wealth of what you own, only that in which you do not.
To put it simply, wealth is the longing for something that you don’t have. The idea of being “wealthy” is the idea of having the ability to attain some type of luxury or resource you currently don’t have access to.
Again, it’s all perspective. What’s taken for granted for one person, may be a “rich luxury” for another.
We place more value in things that are either lost or out of reach than we do over the things that we have in the present.
To be *truly* wealthy is to be satisfied with what you have. Right here. Right now.
There’s no dollar sign, no specific number, that you can ever reach that can bring you satisfaction. Like we said, once you hit that mark (wherever you place it), you’re just going to want an EVEN BIGGER number, an even bigger amount of wealth, an even bigger bank account.
Thing is, you “can’t get no satisfaction” by trying to accumulate material things and trying to do so only leaves you feeling disappointed in the end.
I mean just look at these celebrities and millionaires, buying things like $1000 pizza with their “F U money”. Their not satisfied with what they have and are endlessly seeking something grander and more expensive to purchase.
It’s human nature to want more, get more, then want more again. They are simply following that nature.
I’m not justifying or minimizing their greedy behaviors in any way.
But in a way, they can’t help it. We’re all trying to “upgrade” our lives rather than enjoy it as is. In a sense, you’re just as greedy as that bastard billionaire. You just don’t happen to have as much “stuff”.
And you may argue “Well I wouldn’t keep it all to myself. I’d be more charitable. I couldn’t own so many yachts when there are starving children on the streets!”
But would you? Really? I mean, the wealth you have now, do you share it with those who need it more than you? Or do you indulge in rather selfish things? Think about it.
Truth be told, you’re richer, financially speaking, than someone else. To the person living in a tent in the desert, you’re rather greedy for upgrading your phone, for example.
While you have no concept of why someone would purchase a luxury vehicle, someone else has no concept as to why you would purchase a meal form GrubHub when you already have food in your fridge.
Humble yourself and appreciate how rich you already are and I don’t mean just the material things you own either because...
Ask the average blue collar worker in America what it means to be rich and they’ll tell you “a large mansion, a fancy car, a yacht, and an Olympic-sized pool.” or something along those lines.
Ask what a starving kid in Africa what it means to be rich and they’ll tell you “running water.”
Ask Jeff Bezos, the quote on quote “richest” man on earth (a title that’s been juggling between him and Elon Musk), what it means to be rich, and he’ll tell you “having a successful marriage.” Oof!
You see, money isn’t everything. Friendships, relationships, bonds and memories you share with another person, are all things that build your wealth.
You could also have a wealth of knowledge. Donald Trump may be rich in money but he lacks a lot of knowledge. The same could be said for someone like Kim Kardashian. Plus her entire personality is what fashion and jewelry she’s wearing.
Having a rich personality, rich relationships, rich knowledge, and rich goals makes you wealthier than any dollar sign you could obtain.
Rather than trying to “strike it rich” by earning loads of cash, aim instead to become rich on things that have substance, true meaning.
When you’re lying on your death bed, what are you going to want? Are you gonna want to look at your bank statement one last time? Are you gonna wanna take a spin in your latest ferrari just once more? Are you going to want to take a peek at your stock portfolio? Or maybe walk around your huge mansion in a final stroll?
No. Of course not. You’re going to want to be around the people you love. You’re going to want to see the faces of those that care about you.
And that’s what matters.
I could go on and on about how to make money online doing this or how to make money online doing that, but none of that truly matters. I’d hate to break it to ya, but it just doesn’t.
But that’s the key: Enough.
You only need enough to eat and have a place to sleep. Bare minimum. Anything else is a wealthy expense. It’s a distraction, a discretionary purchase.
You have to ask yourself what do you really NEED to buy.? How much money do you really NEED?
And maybe that’s the point of why you came here. Because you NEED money to pay your bills and you’re looking for a way to make that happen without grinding your ass off 9 to 5.
Just keep in mind the wealth you already own. Focus on what you do have, not what you lack.
After all, someone else lacks what you have.
You may not be rich with what’s inside your wallet, but you can be rich with what’s inside your heart.
Embrace yourself. Embrace your laziness.
Take it easy and relieve yourself of the pressure to earn a certain amount of money in order to become rich.
Materialism is bullshit. It doesn’t bring satisfaction. What does bring satisfaction is inner peace and meaningful relationships.
As many tips as I could offer to earn a paycheck from the couch, not one of them is going to help you make “enough” to feel satisfied.
That’s something that comes from within. The lazy way is to do “just enough”. So earn just enough money to actually *feel* rich.
And perhaps, as you lie there, lazily on your couch, daydreaming of all the great aspects present in your life right now, you’ll soon realize that the amount of money you actually NEED is zero.
You can feel rich. You can feel plentiful. Without owning even a single material asset.
All you ever need, you already have.
To want more is greedy and being greedy is not the lazy way. Being, having, and appreciating “just enough” is the way of the sloth.
If you are satisfied with less, then certainly you can be satisfied with more. But if right now you are NOT satisfied with the less that you have because you think you need or want more, then you won’t be satisfied once you get it.
A poor man who is satisfied will be happy when he’s rich (with a lot of money). A poor man who is unsatisfied will never be rich enough, will never stuff their wallet enough.
If you can be happy while piss ass broke, then you can be happy when you’re makin’ it rain. Money isn’t going to fix your unhappiness. It’s not the cure to make you feel better.
When you don’t care what you own or what you drive or where you live, money becomes a compliment to your life, not the center of it.
Be center within yourself and you’ll find all the riches in the world are already there.
Take it easy,