What’s the difference between these two household expenses?
That’s right. Absolutely nothing. But what if I told you that household A has an income of $50,000, while household B has an income of $100,000? Is one family more responsible than another?
What I’m Really Saying
We tend to look at everything in the absolute sense, and with good reason – that’s all we are able to see.
- We are jealous of other people’s income, with no idea of how much stress and effort they endure on a daily basis.
- We judge others by the cars they drive, but we have no clue how they bought it.
- We go to Costco and think others are financially irresponsible when they buy a new HDTV, but we have no clue how much they are making.
On our journey to be financially free, we worry way too much about others. The sad part is that we know nothing about other people’s specific circumstances. Who cares if other people are driving nice cars when you are in debt. Who needs to think about your friend’s mansion when you are happy in your own and who couldn’t use all the time we spent being jealous of others when we can use it to improve our own situation.
Worry About Yourself
You have to stop yourself from being jealous of others. There’s a certain level of luck involved, but so much of life is a result of all the little decisions that you make constantly. Yes, some are luckier than others, but you can drastically increase your chances by being positive and doing the right thing.
You may be born rich, but no one is born wealthy. Wealth is a feeling, and it takes more than having a bunch of coins in your piggy bank to obtain it.
Study the charts again. Can you spot the difference, and if there isn’t any, who really cares?