Let’s just get this out of the way from the get go – a tried and true recipe for success in life doesn’t exist. Success in whatever avenue one chooses, whether it be related to school, a job, a relationship, a friendship, or the wealth you build, takes dedicated, determined, unrelenting, hard work.
As I near the end of my 20s, it becomes clear that the lessons I’ve learned about life, love, and money should be documented in some way for the benefit of others – we’re all equally lost in our coming of age. As I’ve found, there are practical steps we can take, seemingly easy in explanation. Unfortunately, many of these steps turn out to be quite challenging to implement. Why? Well, because we’ve been spoiled by our parents, our teachers, our friends, and most notably ourselves.
Our society has enabled and encouraged us to embrace a disguised enemy that comes to us in the form of our own immediate satisfaction. This enemy poses itself as a friend, a comforter in times of sadness or fear. This enemy makes us believe that we can always have our cake and eat it too. Over time, out of our daily practice of entertaining this subversive, venomous “friend”, we grow to rely on him and insist that he accompany us through all of life’s adventures. He’s a drug to which our society has grown addicted. This two-faced, back-stabbing, utterly disloyal “friend” we’ve come to know and trust is
Instant gratification tempts us into believing that our joy and wellbeing only happen in the now, right at this very moment. We ignore the adage, “all good things come to those who wait,” and instead, we gluttonously guzzle down all the sweet and savory deliciousness that life can throw at us without taking a mere second to reflect on the true gravity of our actions. Only a sucker would wait, we think.
Well I’m here to tell you that the one of the greatest virtues of life laughs in the face of Instant Gratification…this virtue is the key to unlocking life’s treasure trove of joy, happiness, comfort, and love. I’m talking about
A little patience goes a long way. As you’ll read, patience is the backbone of much of the content in this blog. Think of it as the key to your financial freedom!