The things you own end up owning you……

The things you own end up owning you……

I quote the one and only Tyler Durden from Fight Club.

“The things you own end up owning you.

One of my favorite movies of all time “Fight Club”.  Every time I watch this movie I learn something new.

I read this on the plane and wanted to share it with you so keep reading.

I used to be a huge collector of stuff.

You know that show ‘Horders”, well I wasn’t that bad, but I still used to accumulate a lot of sh*t.

I really noticed how much “stuff” i had when a few months ago we moved.

I couldn’t belive hiw much stuff i had. Movies, clothing, stuff I had collected that I hadn ‘t needed or valued .

So after reading some great books and watching some videos i decided enough was enough.

I stopped buying “Stuff”. No more magazines, dvd’s, blu rays, gadgets (my I phone doesn’t count, anything Apple  I love”.

Anyways doing thus and saving more money is the best thing I could have done.

For example, i am writing this blog post on my way to New Jersey to attend the Perform Better Seminar with top coaches and trainers like Martin Rooney, Todd Durkin, Mike Boyle & Gray Cook.

I can invest in this (notice I said invest nit spend) becuase I have spent less money on stuff.  Thus experience is far better to me than brand name clothes, eating out and buying stuff I don’t need.

Here is an e-mail i got from one of my subscription lists (I am on about 100 lists if loggers, trainers, financial investors, marketing, business and more).

Have a read and feel free to share any comments or experiences.

I got this from my coach Craig Ballantyne’s Internet Independence & Financial Independence Monthly Newsletter.


Live Your Life and Be Happy About It

I don’t own a lot of stuff. Never have. Don’t really want to. As Steve Sjuggerud says in today’s essay, “It wouldn’t make me any happier”. And I agree.

What makes me really happy is the sound of my dogs feet hitting the ground as he gallops around at the dog park in full pursuit of another dog.

You can’t buy that. (Not sure how you’d store it, anyways.)

Most ETR readers have enough to be happy.

But there’s still a really good reason to be producing, saving, and investing.

More from Steve below…

Craig Ballantyne

“Recognize your highest calling as early as possible in life.” – Frank McKinney

What’s the Point of Investing?

By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud

“Nice to meet you… Hang on a sec… Let me text my husband.”

My wife and I stood there waiting. The girl busily tapped out a text message on her new iPhone.

She wasn’t so quick with the typing, but we knew what was going on… She was just showing off that she owned a $500 phone – hot stuff in rural Georgia.

We saw her arrive… She drove a black Suburban of some sort, with enough chrome to make a Detroit drug dealer blush.

She and her husband were young… probably in their late twenties. He was apparently a builder in Georgia. Of course, homebuilding in Georgia died several years ago… But even though their income must be down, their spending hadn’t changed.

These aren’t the only people out there sporting an iPhone and a blingy black Suburban. What’s going on here?

Me? I don’t have an iPhone… or a blingy Suburban… But I probably have one thing these conspicuous consumers don’t: The house I live in is fully paid for.

I handle my money differently. I could buy an iPhone or a Suburban tomorrow. I wouldn’t need a penny of debt to do it. But I won’t… Why? Because I know those things won’t make me the slightest bit happier. I’d be the same dolt I was before… only I’d be $50,000 poorer!

It took me a while to get to this point in my life. But I’m glad I made it… I’m at the point where I can buy what I want. But I don’t. It’s an important point to reach.

I don’t try to keep up with the Joneses. I’m doing the opposite, actually. I’m downsizing. I’m reducing my “stuff.”

Think about this… What good is all this stuff, really? You can’t take it with you when you die… Legendary newsletter writer Doug Casey says it best:

“I’ve never seen a hearse with luggage racks.”

Doug is extremely wealthy… and has been for a while. But he doesn’t drive around a decked out Suburban, chatting on an iPhone.

My friend Bob Bishop is a wealthy guy like Doug. Bob wrote the excellent Gold Mining Stock Report newsletter for a few decades. He retired a couple years ago. Bob decided to sell some of his extraordinary possessions… for no particular reason that I could see. He didn’t need the money. And they weren’t really taking up space. I asked him why he was selling. He said…

“After a while, you don’t own your stuff… Your stuff owns you. Steve, you’re young… so you’re probably in the accumulation phase. Me? I’ve been there. Now I want to downsize and simplify. I don’t need all this stuff.”

Bob can buy anything he wants. But, like Doug, he doesn’t drive a blingy Suburban, and I doubt he’s got an iPhone. It’s just stuff!

This brings me to the point of this essay… What’s the point of saving money anyway? What’s the point of investing?

When you get older (if you’re not already older!), just what are you going to buy with that money you’ve saved?

Jonathan Clements gave a good answer to this in his final column for the Wall Street Journal in 2008. (Clements has written more than 1,000 columns for the Wall Street Journal.)

Clements says your savings “can deliver three key benefits.” Even better, he says, “you can enjoy this trio of benefits even if you don’t have great wads of cash.” Here’s how:

  • If you have money, you don’t have to worry about it.
  • Money can give you the freedom to pursue your passions.
  • Money can buy you time with friends and family.

When I think about it, these three things are exactly what Doug and Bob are doing with their lives. The great thing is, it doesn’t (usually) take millions of dollars to spend time with friends and family or pursue your passions. You don’t need a fortune to live well.

But in order to get there, the Georgia-homebuilder couple needs to skip out on his and hers blingmobiles.

The quicker you grasp this about saving versus spending, the quicker you’ll be able to start living like Doug and Bob… even if you don’t have many millions of dollars in the bank.

You might think it’s hard to stop buying ultimately useless stuff… You might think it’s hard to stop keeping up with the Joneses.

But actually, it is quite liberating… And even better, you’ll be financially free much quicker. Give it a try.

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