When it comes to having a lot of money, there is no question that money can buy a person a lot of personal happiness. If you were given a million dollars in cash you could eat at great restaurants, take a vacation to anywhere you wanted, and participate in any type of entertainment that you personally enjoy. You would most likely feel happy the entire time that you were doing this. However, what happens after this initial euphoria comes to an end? Are you still happy?
The same thing concerns your security. You can save money for your entire life so you have a great nest egg and then you retire. What happens then? What do you have to show for it?
No matter how old you are, take the time to think about what is going to happen in the next 20 or so years. Here are some of the scenarios that may play out.
Let’s say that you are now 30, so in 20 years you will be 50. Many people at the age of fifty either shake it off or have some type of mid life crisis. Your kids are likely grown and you are having trouble recognizing your spouse. You could go crazy and have some strange relationship, buy a Harley, or take up some type of weird hobby. The other option is settling for the same routine that you have had for the past years. You settle in and watch the days pass by.
This would involve changing your life in some matter. Maybe you no longer are happy with your spouse or you want to change careers. This is referred to as half time. Basically, you begin to take the time to adjust your life according to the things that you think that you want. You think that you are going to make the second part of your life better.
The final scenario involves your life finally coming together to set the stage for the rest of it. At the age of fifty you may have fewer responsibilities, but your influence has grown. It is at this point that you begin to mentor others and start to leave your legacy. There is nothing that needs adjusted, you are not only happy, but fulfilled.
It is quite obvious which one of these scenarios seems like the best. The question is how to get there. The answer is to pursue fulfillment with your life and not just happiness.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that as long as they have money they will be happy. These people tend to work long hours and spend their entire life saving so when they retire they will be “happy.” Unfortunately, these people find out far to late that having money when you retire does not make you happy because you have not been fulfilled your entire life. Instead, you have wasted your life’s greatest moments trying to become happier instead of fulfilled.
Perhaps the greatest evidence that cash does not offer fulfillment is the number of lottery winners who commit suicide. Everyone dreams of winning the lottery. There is not one person who has not thought about what they would do if they were to win that large amount of money. However, when these people do win, they find out that the money is not going to make them happy because they lack fulfillment.
Yes, if you have cash you can buy whatever you want, go wherever you want to go, and do pretty much whatever you want to do. You do not need to work and can simply spend your time doing whatever. The problem with this is that most people need to be needed in order to be fulfilled. Having money does not offer this fulfillment.
Overall, there is no real relationship between fulfillment and cash. There are poor people that are happier and have better attitudes in life than billionaires. The reason is that only you can make the choice to be fulfilled with what you have and no amount of money can change that.