The richest person I know is also one of the most paranoid, isolated, and seemingly unhappy. This is somebody I interact with from time to time in
business who has a net worth in the low 9-figure range, making him legitmately "filthy rich." But this guy can't ever relax or trust anyone because he
thinks everyone is trying to scam his money out from him - and he's probably right. The man is a miser too. He unscrews the lightbulbs from hotel
rooms and takes them back home with him, collects ketchup packets at restatrants, and haggles with everyone and everything. He is unable to let go,
which is probably the reason he's so wealthy, but what's the point? He's probably going to end up dead soon from a heart problem because of the
There is something to be said for having enough financial security to control how you spend your time, and to allow you to do meaningful or at least
pleasant things with your life. I consider myself a "temporalist" and not a "materialist," in the sense that I focus on how money can buy free
and less on the physical objects it purchases, beyond a certain level. Time is the one commodity that you can never get back once its gone.
But you don't need to be super-rich to arrange your life to make good use of it.
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