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An Easy Way to Gain Wealth: Unlearn

Posted in Books, General, Happiness, Library, One minute unlearning, Parenting, Quotes, The Way We See the Problem, Way We See the Problem, Wisdom

Wealth-logo-v12 I was rereading Anthony de Mello's book, The Way to Love, last evening and this sentence caught my attention: The reason why you are unhappy is because you are focusing on what you do not have rather than on what you have right now.

Interestingly, earlier in the day, I was reading Nassim Taleb's new book, The Bed of Procrustes, and I had highlighted this aphorism: 

"Wealthy" is meaningless and has no robust absolute measure; use instead the subtractive measure "unwealth," that is, the difference, at any point in time, between what you have and what you would like to have.

After the mulling the two passages, it suddenly dawned on me that the easiest way to bolster both your wealth and your happiness in one easy step is to simply unlearn your idea of what wealth is: Just focus on what you have. 

This, in turn, reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: The man who knows he has enough … has enough.


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