The pursuit of materialism

The world now revolves around materialism.
The pursuit of having more, buying more, and getting more defines our society these days, by and large.

That is not a good thing.
Either for us individually.
Or collectively.
And it’s certainly not good for the world as a whole.

Materialism is a short-term strategy that favours small immediate pleasures over long-term benefits.
Often to get validation from others.

It leads to more waste.
It leads to more debt.
It leads to more clutter.
And it also leads to more unhappiness.

A better life happens when you think for yourself, rather than when you make decisions in order to “look good” or “fit in”.
If having more was the key to happiness, just having money would be enough.
And all those happy people who have very little would not be happy.
Having more is not the same as being happy.

That said, the point isn’t to stop buying things altogether, but rather to think before you buy.
The point is to be more mindful about the things you buy, their impact, and their necessity.

Think before you act, and buy only what you need.
That’s not just better for your life, it’s also good for the environment, and the world.

The myth of self-made

There’s this myth that’s been around for a long long time – that the people who are at the top of their game, the best of the best, have all done it on their own.
That’s what people generally think is what self-made means.

Rarely, if ever, is that the whole truth.

In fact, if you dig deep into the lives of the peak performers, people who are the best of the best, nearly always will you see a recurring pattern: that they have a team of people behind them.

Having a team and coaches is so common that, in the arena of competitive sports anyway, you won’t even be considered for anything unless you have a team behind you.

The notion is catching up, slowly but surely, and permeating other fields and professions.
And that’s a great thing.
It’s about time we change this archaic notion of strength = not asking for or getting help.

If you have fallen into that way of thinking, understand that it is quite ok.
That’s an area I myself sometimes struggle with, so I know how easy it is to accept that as the truth.
But having people there for you, and with you, makes you anything but weak.

Having help does not make you weak.
Not having help does
So learn to ask for help.

Going it alone is fine, but it is better to have people with you – people who will help you, and push you, and accelerate your progress.

Giving up is easy, but…

Perseverance is one of the key traits that sets apart the people at the top, the best of the best, the most successful – from the rest.

The road to success is paved with setbacks and challenges.
It’s uncomfortable, and uncertain.
It’s slow, and often uninteresting.
So giving up isn’t a difficult choice.

But not giving up is what gets you to the end.
Not giving up means you still have a chance even when the odds seem overwhelming.

No matter how long or difficult the journey, if you really want something, keep going.

You will get there.
But only if you stay the course.

My second book

My second book, Business Edge, is now out.

If you have your own business, this can be a very useful book for you.

I am not big on self promotion, but I genuinely believe this book can help entrepreneurs significantly grow and improve their business.

Check it out.

Business Edge

The value of hair

The value of hair is truly realised by someone who’s losing hair.
Bald and balding people go to great lengths to retain and grow hair.
To get what they don’t have.

Hair loss is a million, if not billion, dollar industry!
And here’s the reason – we are programmed to appreciate and want what we don’t have.
When we have something, we usually take it for granted.

It goes for nearly everything in life.
Someone with sight doesn’t usually appreciate it, or consider how blessed they actually are – until they lose it.
The same goes for all the other senses.

A better way to live is to appreciate what you have.
And realise how fortunate you are.
No matter how bad your life may seem, there’s always something to be grateful for. You just need to realise that.

Perspective is a great thing.
Don’t wait until you lose something.
Don’t wait until you don’t have it, to appreciate it.

Appreciate what you have.
Because we are all far more blessed than we realise.