“So, concerning the things we pursue, and for which we vigorously exert ourselves, we owe this consideration-either there is nothing useful in them, or most aren’t useful. Some of them are superfluous, while others aren’t worth that much. But we don’t discern this and see them as free, when they cost us dearly.”
-Seneca, Moral Letters, 42.6
Warren Buffet, arguably the most successful investor alive today, has lived in the same modest house for decades upon decades now. It’s not very big and frankly not flattering to look at from the outside. But it’s all he needs.
Status doesn’t come from material possessions, but easy attention or instant recognition of what you have does. Some of the most successful people could care less how they appear to others, it is about who they actually are.
Start to question why you work so hard. What is it you’re actually seeking? If your answers are all material possessions, you are in line for a reevaluation of your purpose. Your purpose is an invisible guide that always has a voice. When you are tired and about to call it quits, your purpose pushes you to keep going. Your purpose should always be bigger than you. That’s why limiting your purpose to material possessions is dangerous, because you are much larger and more important than any material possession. Material possessions don’t provide leverage, they actually limit you in many ways.
Your purpose should not have they ability to limit you. Think bigger.