yesterday I was having lunch and I read this beautiful story.
It’s the story of a rich and young american entrepreneur who made millions and felt very sad. Everything changed when he started to sell everything and live in a small studio in Manhattan.
The article is literally spreading all around the world and it’s a very very important good read if you want to be happier and…make more money
I LIVE in a 420-square-foot studio. I sleep in a bed that folds down from the wall. I have six dress shirts. I have 10 shallow bowls that I use for salads and main dishes. When people come over for dinner, I pull out my extendable dining room table. I don’t have a single CD or DVD and I have 10 percent of the books I once did.
I have come a long way from the life I had in the late ’90s, when, flush with cash from an Internet start-up sale, I had a giant house crammed with stuff — electronics and cars and appliances and gadgets.
Somehow this stuff ended up running my life, or a lot of it; the things I consumed ended up consuming me. My circumstances are unusual (not everyone gets an Internet windfall before turning 30), but my relationship with material things isn’t.
We live in a world of surfeit stuff, of big-box stores and 24-hour online shopping opportunities. Members of every socioeconomic bracket can and do deluge themselves with products.
There isn’t any indication that any of these things makes anyone any happier; in fact it seems the reverse may be true.
For me, it took 15 years, a great love and a lot of travel to get rid of all the inessential things I had collected and live a bigger, better, richer life with less.
It started in 1998 in Seattle, when my partner and I sold our Internet consultancy company, Sitewerks, for more money than I thought I’d earn in a lifetime.
To celebrate, I bought a four-story, 3,600-square-foot, turn-of-the-century house in Seattle’s happening Capitol Hill neighborhood and, in a frenzy of consumption, bought a brand-new sectional couch (my first ever), a pair of $300 sunglasses, a ton of gadgets, like an Audible.com MobilePlayer (one of the first portable digital music players) and an audiophile-worthy five-disc CD player. And, of course, a black turbocharged Volvo. With a remote starter!
I was working hard for Sitewerks’ new parent company, Bowne, and didn’t have the time to finish getting everything I needed for my house. So I hired a guy named Seven, who said he had been Courtney Love’s assistant, to be my personal shopper. He went to furniture, appliance and electronics stores and took Polaroids of things he thought I might like to fill the house; I’d shuffle through the pictures and proceed on a virtual shopping spree.
My success and the things it bought quickly changed from novel to normal. Soon I was numb to it all. The new Nokia phone didn’t excite me or satisfy me. It didn’t take long before I started to wonder why my theoretically upgraded life didn’t feel any better and why I felt more anxious than before.
The same, it’s the same for us traders. We don’t have to trade for the money. Money are always a consequence of something else. They are not the master, WE are the master.
We don’t live to trade, we need to trade to live. Becuase we like Forex trading, because it gives you financial freedom, because it allows you to spend time with the ones you love, because it’s incredibly democratic. You don’t need big investments at the beginning, you can become a PRO trader without money. You can decide to click on magnify icon of your account only when you’re sure. If you know how to do it, you can actually build a life on trading. But this is not how the vast majority of websites tell you the story. They make you believe you’ll be rich in 1 week. This is not the truth and you know what…the story of Graham Hill teach us that to become rich fast is ALWAYS a bad, very bad nightmare.
The blessed ones are the ones who becomes rich, little by little. They become rich inside and then outside.
This is the secret.
Happiness makes money
Davide Franceschini | Chief Trader