Going out into the world and making a ton of money isn’t all there is to life. I’m sure there are plenty of wealthy people out there who are either miserable, or so unhealthy that they can’t even enjoy life.
Rich people are human beings as well, and they have problems just like the rest of the world. So let’s look at life not from a perspective of how much money we have, but how we can build a full and connected life where all of our pursuits are working towards a greater goal. And yes, money is part of this, but it’s not the whole picture.
Focus On Wholeness
Focus on your whole life, not just your success.
I’ve said before that it’s important to focus on one thing at a time, multitasking too much tends to spread our efforts and attention too thin, preventing us from giving 100% to the task at hand.
I still believe this, but there is a difference between focusing on one thing at a time and making one thing the sole purpose of your life.
Examples: Money, women, power, toys, business, meditating 12 hours a day.
There are people that do this, but I believe that if we are to live truly fulfilling lives, we must be well-rounded to a certain extent.
Focus on one thing at a time, but do it for a larger purpose.
When building a skyscraper, a builder must construct the foundation, and then go one floor at a time until the entire building is complete. Then the interior, electrical, plumbing, air conditioning, etc all needs to be added.
I think we agree that a skyscraper in the middle of the Manhattan skyline is not a very appealing place to work if it doesn’t have air conditioning, electricity, or plumbing.
The same principle applies to your life. You can only focus on one thing at a time, and it’s important to consider the order and areas you choose to focus on, but we must remember the big picture.
What are we striving for?
What is all of the work we are doing building towards?
A great way to incorporate wholeness into your thinking and bring it into focus is to think of your life as one masterpiece.
Think of your life as a work of art, and there are different layers and moving parts that all work together to create one magnificent whole.
Examples of people who do not live lives of fullness, but fractured lives, are everywhere:
- The man who works all day, seeing his family only on weekends, or maybe just a few times a month.
- The man who works all day, and neglects his health
- The man who works out in the gym all day, focusing on his fitness but neglecting his financial responsibilities as well has his family.
- Celebrities who have unbelievable success in their lives but have been divorced 3-4 times.
These are just examples that I came up with off the top of my head. I think it’s fair to assume that not everybody wants to have kids, or even get married. Some people don’t care about money. So these areas may not be present in their masterpieces, but for the most part, I believe people want to have a well-rounded and full life with multiple pursuits, people, and activities to enjoy.
These examples are not meant to draw out an argument, but to make a point.
There are a lot of people out there who seemingly have it all, but are not happy, because they live their life with a serious imbalance.
How do you live your life?
Do you neglect a certain area?
Are you successful but overweight?
Do you have a great family, but no money in the bank?
Are you in great shape but have nobody in your life to share experiences with?
The combinations of imbalances can go on forever, but it’s important to realize what you are working towards and what is important to you.
I’m going to speak very generally, simply to give you a framework for how you can work on your own masterpiece.
Again, this is just a framework, and no two people will have the same masterpiece. No two lives are the same.
But these are a few elements of my masterpiece that I continually work on, and that over time I intend to build up into something magnificent that I can enjoy and use to enhance the lives of those around me.
People – There are a few lone wolves out there. I definitely enjoy being alone, but not all the time. There is a point where I just love to socialize, help other people, ask them questions, have fun, goof around, and share in the ups and downs of life together. The personal bond and connection is what makes us human, and the recognition and appreciation we give and receive is one of the things that makes life worth living, and makes it worth improving other areas of our lives so we can share incredible experiences together.
Income – It really depends on who you are. Some people live incredible and fulfilling lives without making money. There are monks who reach a deep level of satisfaction and wellbeing simply through meditation and mental exercises. For an adventurous soul such as myself, I want to see the world and experience all that it has to offer. To do this, I need money. If you are like me and want to live life to the fullest, you need money too.
I read a book once that said just like a healthy human body has blood pumping through it, a healthy life has money pumping through it. Money has the ability to give you freedom, and fuel adventures and pursuits that not only expand and improve your own experience, but it also has the ability to drastically improve the lives of others.
There are a lot of negative emotions attached to money by a lot of people, but I believe like so many other things that a lot of how you use something has to do with intention. You can use money to be selfish and serve only yourself and your interests, or you can use money to enhance your own life, give yourself better access to healthcare and comforts, and provide magical experiences for those you care about most.
Health/Fitness – There are a lot of people out there who are so successful in so many areas of life. But a lot of those same people are unsuccessful in the area of their fitness and health. Many people have reached the point of no return, where even if they do start to improve their health and fitness, the damage is already done. I’m sure many of these people would trade all of their money to simply have their health.
A healthy mind and body are part of a full and healthy life. Your health will enhance your life in so many ways, the most important of which may be a longer life and more time on earth to enjoy and appreciate new experiences that make us and the people around us grow and improve.
Yes, there are more areas of life in a masterpiece, but they will be different for everybody. I give these 3 building blocks as a basis for improvement and a foundation. Write down your own list and figure out the elements that make up your own masterpiece. Focus on wholeness, and build a connected life.