Life is a long road on a short journey.
Money Mustache came up to me and said he was pissed off. Has writing about happiness and more philosophical topics resulted in him not being viewed as a financial mastermind anymore? After I finished my presentation to the group, Mr.
Do you not care about money or numbers much these days either? After the presentation, I was chatting with some of the other attendees and was saying how I wondered why I stopped focusing on money as much. At the bottom of the pyramid, the first human needs that have to be met are those necessary for human survival e.
At first, you need to pay for all the things that you need to survive. On this level, you make more than you spend so you are able to save for future unplanned expenses. The next level is Independence. Finally, you reach the Utilization phase. Usefulness of the Pyramid The Hierarchy of Financial Needs is useful when talking about finances with other people because it allows you to be more understanding of different situations and more empathetic.
My Journey When I started writing this blog, I was on the Accumulation level so my primary focus was getting to the Independence level as quickly as possible.
In hindsight, this was a big mistake. This is useful for improving your finances but may cause you to miss the real point. After achieving FI and accumulating more money than I had planned, I can now see the Utilization stage more clearly. Is it the top of the pyramid?
What is the Meaning of Life? So what is the meaning of life? To achieve immortality, or at least lengthen your impact on the world, I thought there were a few options: Having Kids Having kids seems to be the default option.
Of course your kids are going to remember you and then you have the added bonus of passing on some of your DNA to future generations. Do you know anything about your great-great-great-great grandmother?
Doing Something to Be Remembered What if you instead do something memorable?
Einstein has been dead for over 60 years but he still lives on due to the things he accomplished when he was alive.
I thought this was the answer for a long time because it seemed like the best way to achieve something close to immortality. Planets are consumed by their suns. Does it really matter being remembered for slightly longer than the average person?
When you realize how insignificant we are in the universe and how short our species has actually existedcan one little human actually make a noticeable dent in the grand scheme of things anyway?
Because I think everyone faces these questions eventually but unfortunately, many people face them on their death beds, when they are out of time and options.
There is No Point The conclusion that I eventually arrived at was that there may not be a point. Any external pressures that have influenced your life in the past can all be ignored because no lifestyle is better than any other so just live the life you want to live. Figuring out what that life is though is also very tricky!
So how do you figure out your purpose? Can you boil down what you want your life to be in just one sentence? After a lot of thought, I was able to come up with a sentence and here it is: Why has the Mad Fientist been fulfilling? Because it has allowed me to develop my writing skills, interview skills, and programming skills while helping myself and thousands of others reach financial independence sooner.
Why is that fulfilling? Future Projects Once you have a defined purpose, you can judge future plans against that purpose and figure out if what you plan to do has a high probability of improving your life or not. What kind of life will be most rewarding to look back on?
What do you plan to do after you retire? Do those plans align with your purpose? These are important questions to answer, no matter where you are on your journey to FI, so give them some thought and if you come up with your own personal mission statement, please share in the comments below to help inspire others!Printed in , this book written by John Wesley Hanson offers a thorough examination the meaning of the Greek word AIÓN -- AIÓNIOS, translated Everlasting -- Eternal, proving it denotes Limited Duration.
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The meaning of life and acting upon life’s perceived purpose is a question pondered across many disciplines including philosophy, psychology, religion, art, science, and literature. Life is a long road on a short journey. ~James Lendall Basford (–), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, Human life is the source of deep suffering and gorgeous hope.
~Henry James Slack (–), The Ministry of the Beautiful, "Conversation I: The Cavern," [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g] Numerous metaphors have been used to describe life. Fideisms Judaism is the Semitic monotheistic fideist religion based on the Old Testament's ( BCE) rules for the worship of Yahweh by his chosen people, the children of Abraham's son Isaac (c BCE)..
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