Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful — that’s what matters to me. Steve Jobs, CNNMoney/Fortune, 1993
I haven’t thought about money in a while. I was fortunate to become debt-free a few years back and since then I don’t think about being rich. I will often wonder about driving a nice car or taking a nice vacation, but mostly I’m pretty content with having nothing of collateral value.
Content might be a stretch because if I think about having nothing I tend to believe I am worth less than those who have more than me. I start to believe I am a worthless person because I spend most of my free time watching TV or playing games on Facebook. If I were rich I would only need a bigger television and endless amount of Candy Crush credits. My solution to this conundrum is to not think about money.
Because I do not know what I want to be when I grow up, I do think about doing something wonderful. I think about helping people and about doing something that has meaning. I have no idea what that is supposed to be but I’m pretty sure it isn’t writing press releases about prima donnas. It also might not be updating websites for Fortune 500 companies.
Until I figure out what I am going to be and how much money I need to survive I will try to be the type of person that leads by example, making positive influences that will hopefully lead to something wonderful.