Keeping up with the Joneses

The trend that seems to happen but doesn’t make any sense is, a lot of people who are on the breadline, those who live month to month, as soon as they have money they spend it on pointless things they don’t need, on a few hours of damaging their health of their bodies and their wallets on a night out, buying the expensive clothes and cars that nobody actually cares about really but they think will make them more likeable or because it will get them a few pointless ‘likes’ on facebook.

One thing to keep in mind if you feel you relate to this secretly, is that facebook likes don’t make you happy, they don’t help you succeed, they don’t get you anywhere. Spending money on things you don’t actually need and getting yourself into debt isn’t going to get you anywhere but back down to just dreaming of what you could have.

An important lesson someone very close taught me was, if you see something you like but can’t afford, something that’s in fashion at the time, wait until you can afford it, save the money and once you have enough, save it for 6 more months.

Then, after that time, ask yourself do you still want it? Do you need it? Will it bring you joy? Will it help you succeed?

If after that time you still want to spend the money, go spend it! But do this with every transaction that isn’t the necessities such as rent, food, bills and you’ll notice that you will cherish everything you own more.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to enjoy yourself and the money you’re making, but spend 10% of your earnings on indulgence so that you don’t feel like you’re working for nothing, its human nature, but don’t go over that, otherwise you won’t reap the benefits in the future.

When you can afford luxury, definitely go ahead and enjoy it, but while you’re building yourself, your personal empire and success, wait.

You don’t need to prove yourself to anybody but yourself.

Yourself is more important than trying to make someone jealous.

Yourself is more important than popularity amongst fake friends and people. Those who care about you, they don’t care what you’re wearing, how you travel or how much you had to drink on that ‘wicked’ night out, they care about your happiness and success.

To your success.



Tahar is a bestselling author of “Fail Your Way to Success” and an internationally renowned speaker on leadership, real estate investing, entrepreneurship and productivity. His privately held real estate investment company conducts sales revenues exceeding $1.5 billion a year.

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