Does Money Buy Happiness?

The quick answer is—yes, it does.

But it doesn’t buy happiness in the way you would think.

Money, in itself, is a tool used to pursue happiness. There’s no use in not having it, so why abstain? Our world, it revolves around money after all.

There’s a reason most artists keep their day jobs. At least, until they know they’ve made it. Bills need to be payed. Food needs to be put on the table. It’s damn difficult creating art when you’re homeless and hungry.

A common mistake many starting entrepreneurs make is that they suddenly have their next greatest idea and they jump headfirst into their creative endeavors. They quit their day job and invest their money in all the gear, supplies, and stock needed to supplement their business. And before long they come to their realization, that things may not be working out the way they planned.

Most businesses operate in the red on their first year, and the same goes for artists, vloggers, musicians, and writers. There’s always some sort of initial investment that comes with starting. A camera, a canvas, instruments, or even a cover design. And if it’s not an investment of money, then it will certainly be an investment of your time. Time which could have been used making money. Though between paid time and the investment of time, that’s a different topic, and one for another day.

Just know this when starting your creative endeavor. To get to the green, you’ll have to go through all of the red. To make money in your pursuit, you will have to spend it first. Your day job can help you fund that. You’ll spend a thousand dollars before you make even one. And yes, this can be scaled to size.

Money has always made you into a better, richer version of yourself. That’s because it’s like sustenance, it feeds you and it feeds your passion. Don’t be afraid to use money, but at the same time, be afraid of using too much of it. Gluttony and starvation go hand in hand. There’s a middle ground, and a swol, sexy one at that.

Turn your day job into your temporary passion, knowing that it’s a jump start into the funds of your endeavor. But at the same time, know when to start, and when to toss aside your day job altogether for your passion. Quitting your day job too soon is like cutting your supply short, and you don’t go into a war without supplies. Looking at it this way, you’ll assure yourself that you’ve already started, and at the same time, you know you’re making progress in some way to where you want to be, to where you actually want to be.


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There Is No Overnight Success

Everything is now.

There is no such thing as a long term investment anymore, especially when we’ve been wired to want results now.

Consider the world around you. Every billboard. Every advertisement. They all share one thing, and that’s this sense of urgency. The latest iPhone is out. The newest, most updated smart watch. A loan on this year’s model car. So many options to spend your cash on—and you want to spend it now!

Urgency is a basic fundamental to marketing. Because without urgency, the consumer is given time for thought, and when he’s given time for thought, then he’ll start to have second thoughts.

Buy our products now, you’ll be kicking yourself later. Don’t fall into the trap of company manipulation. You’re better than that.

Instant gratification is defined as a minimal investment of time which can be traded for results without delay. Earning a paycheck at the end of the week. Watching an hour of television. You’re paid. You’re entertained. You see the results, and you see your results now. You see your results more frequently, but this usually leads to you having many smaller results in the long run. Small victories which wouldn’t compare to striking rich.

Commitment is gone, and the concept has long been replaced by convenience. Everything is convenient, and everything is readily available.

We don’t understand the buildup anymore. We’ve only been taught to understand the gratification that comes after it. And don’t let it catch you by surprise, the longest grind that comes before newly found success.

Many awhile, a friend of yours starts a business, and a week has gone by and they realize that things may not be working out for them. For simplicity’s sake, it’s another T-shirt business.

They’ve been running Facebook ads, and while they’ve had a few engagements and website clicks, they haven’t sold a T-shirt yet.

Now a week passed, and the same trend continues. Your friend is a hundred dollars in the hole and they’re starting to think—what a waste of time this is.

They take down their website and call it quits. This T-Shirt business doesn’t work, it’s over.

Your friend wasn’t in it for the long run. When they didn’t see their results as soon as they had hoped, they jumped ships, and it was on to the next.

This is a lack of commitment, when you give up on your project before you catch even a glimpse of the underlying success. With instant gratification, the ordeal is made a dozen times easier. Your paycheck at the end of the week is guaranteed, and you surely know when you’re going to be getting it. Because if you don’t, we have a problem. Whereas this T-shirt business. You could be hacking away at it for five years before you see your first dollar.

The truth is this—that there is no such thing as an overnight success.

You want there to be, but the cold reality is that it doesn’t exist. When you look around yourself, you see all of the successful people that you want to be. You see them now, but you haven’t seen them before their breakthrough. Look up any of their stories and you’ll find that they’ve been working years into their respective businesses before you’ve even saw them.

I’ve encountered this too many times on the internet—a claim of an overnight success, and with that, their three hundred dollar course on how you can be just like them. Marketing is one thing, and the truth is usually a long way’s past that spectrum.

Never forget about the build up. Never forget about the months of ploughing dirt that come long before a harvest. A city isn’t built overnight, and never quit before you’ve even placed your first brick. Success is never guaranteed, but it can come pretty close to guaranteed if you keep working at it.


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