The other day I was having a conversation about life goals, and the subject came up about our childhood goals. I said how when I was 14 I declared that I wanted to be a millionaire by 25. Well I’m 28, and not a millionaire, but I still want to be one. My reasoning for wanting to be one now though are vastly different from when I was 14.
I guess its a good thing that I’ve matured at least a little bit in 14 years, I do still find low-brow humor hilarious, but my motivations in life have shifted. When I was 14 and declared I wanted to be a millionaire, I thought the only reason to shoot for that goal was to buy useless shit. I thought I’d buy cars and houses and boats and other stupid crap that is purely materialistic. Now don’t get me wrong I’d still appreciate cars and boats and other baller items (though a million bucks buys FAR less of those things in 2010 than in 1996).
So why do I want to be rich now? To effect change. My ultimate goal is to leave this world a better place than I found it, to have a net-positive impact on the world if possible. Money doesn’t make you necessarily more impactful, but it affords you the opportunity to be impactful and effect change in our community. It’s great to be be able to help a few people, but wealth lets you help lots of people.
In the end my goals of amassing wealth haven’t really changed, its just the motivating factors that have.
So how have your goals changed since you were a kid?
When you have kids, you’re motivations totally change. And now that mine is grown up, I find myself finding happiness in simpler things…not so much in attaining…although I would love to have more comforts so I can travel and have time to do more of what I love..so my focus has changed from making money to doing what I really love to do which is what I am doing now, blogging, working in Social Media…..I am confident more money will come as I continue in this way, but I am not attached to forcing it to happen. I’m letting it flow.
Definitely agree with you on this! The legacy that you leave behind in my opinion is the most important thing.