What do you actually need?
I bet most of your 'needs' are really just 'wants' in disguise.
A few months ago for work, I was in a marketing workshop with a client and entered into some philosophical conversions about wants vs. needs in the marketplace.
The client gave the example of a photo he recently saw in a documentary from one of the first space shuttle launches at Cape Canaveral. The scene showed people gathering to watch the launch. They showed up in the convertibles and were either sitting in their cars (brimming with suspense) or setting up picnics on the beach and making the most of the day.
Seems pretty straight-forward right? Nothing out-of-the-ordinary and worth additional commentary beyond the fact that we were about to hurl human beings into space.
However, you could see something else in that photo: thermoses of coffee.
When was the last time you left your house with a thermos? Do you even own one?
I wouldn't be surprised to learn that many of you don't even own your own coffee maker. It's become much easier for us to get coffee on-the-go from places like Starbucks or Dunkin'. Gone are the days of brewing an entire pot at home, transferring it into your thermos and thoughtfully sipping out of a lid that doubled as a cup.
But, this is about more than just coffee.
Think about all of the other wants in your life that you've rationalized into needs.
Do we need the fancy car?
Do we need the big house?
Do we need the thousand-dollars smartphone in your pocket that now comes with a monthly lease?
As you go through your day, try to stop and ask yourself if what you're spending money on, what you're consuming and you're prioritizing is need or if it's really only a want.
How much more space would be available in your life if you focused only on needs and didn't fill moments with wants?
How much money would you save?
How many years early could you retire if you put that money into an investment account?
I challenge you to free yourself of the mental and materialistic clutter that comes from pursuing wants instead of focusing on only what you truly need.
Think you can do it?
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