I’m reading a fantastic book right now called How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis.
I consider him to be a bit like a “modern-day Solomon.” After all, like Solomon, Dennis has acquired much wealth in his lifetime. And also like Solomon, Dennis spent a few years in total debauchery, after which he became wiser and more introspective.
Today, Dennis spends much of his time writing poetry, proffering advice to young entrepreneurs, and doing whatever else he feels like.
Anyway, you might think a book with the title How to Get Rich would be full of “Law of Attraction” fluff. But it’s not. It contains some of the most practical principle-based advice I’ve ever seen in a business book.
One of the little gems I wanted to share with you appears on page 214 where Dennis says:
Enjoy the business of making money. The loot is only a marker. Time cannot be recaptured. There is no amount of pie in the world worth being miserable for, day after day. If you find you dislike what you are doing, then sell up and change your life. Self-imposed misery is a kind of madness. The cure is to get out.
I think this is very good advice.
And it reminds me of a quote I shared on Facebook recently:
The most dangerous risk of all [is] the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.
Many people take this bet. But it’s a bad bet. It rarely pays off.
Talk to anybody who is approaching (or already in) their twilight years and they will tell you the one thing they would trade everything in the world for is good health… vitality… and the energy of youth.
These things are often sacrificed on the alter of Mammon — and yet health, once lost, can never be repurchased at any price.
And now you know why I refuse to work insane hours or intentionally sacrifice my health to get rich.
I’d much prefer good health with some money than sickness with all the riches on earth.
Remember: You can’t take your money with you. But the pursuit of money can take your health from you — and hasten the day of your departure.
-Ryan M. Healy
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