“Man, I wish I made less money.”
How often do you hear that?
Everyone it seems, if they even think of money, is obsessed with making more.
But be honest now.
How much do you need?
How much money do you need for food, shelter, clothing and all those other items of necessity–like iPads, gargantuan TVs and imported cappuccino contraptions?
Have you calculated that amount?
Have you ever prepared a monthly budget, an expense report—an analysis?
If so, what did you come up with?
One thousand per month? Three? Ten?
How about this
Let me ask a different question.
What’s the least you could get by on?
If your burn rate is—say—ten thousand a month.
Could you live on half that? A third? A tenth?
Nothing for Money
How ‘bout nothing?
Could you live on nothing?
No really. I’m serious.
Could you live on zero dollars?
Crazy notion, uh?
Who the hell can survive on zero—and I mean zero—income?
A modern day Thoreau
This guy can.
His name’s Mark Boyle and, since November 2008, he’s been living on nothing.
That’s nothing as in zero, nada, niente.
Mark’s home is a trailer (caravan) he got for free.
He grows (and/or forages for) his own food.
He makes his own soap and his own toothpaste.
A bloody modern-day Thoreau, no?
(If you haven’t done so, click the link; read the post).
It’s all perception
Did you notice the words he uses to describe his lifestyle?
“It’s a fantastic experience.”
“I’ve never been happier.”
How about this one? “Living without money became very normal. It’s actually quite easy.”
If Mark was in the same room as you,
What would you do?
Dissuade him? Point out the error of his ways? Question his sanity?
Because the point is this.
It’s all perception.
Know what I mean?
Something you believe to be impossible, actually isn’t.
Mark’s proving it.
What he’s proving is, once you stop perceiving something as arduous, unpleasant, impossible,
It just stops being so…
Which brings up this question
If the notion of less money strikes you as asinine…
How then do you perceive your chances of actually obtaining more?
What do you think? How important is perception? Please leave a comment.