What if you were set for life?

Sent by Jonathan Stark on October 4th, 2019

If you hit the lottery tomorrow and were set for life, what would you do every day?

Play video games? Practice yoga? Watch Netflix?

I doubt it.

My guess is that you’d probably spend most of your time helping people. Maybe not directly with charity and maybe not every single day, but eventually and in your own way you’d gravitate toward helping others.

Why do I think this?

Because helping others is where fulfillment comes from. And once your creature comforts are covered well and fully, there’s a nagging feeling that starts to creep in. It’s almost like a type of boredom but way deeper. This feeling is a lack of fulfillment. A lurking fear that your life has no meaning.

Yuck. It’s profoundly uncomfortable. So… how you do combat this discomfort? Simple! By helping people.

Here’s the thing…

You can start helping people right now. You don’t need to be rich first. In fact, helping people is a pretty good way to get rich, if that’s what you think you want.

Accumulating lots of money is a side effect of helping lots of people. It’s not a useful goal in and of itself. This raises some interesting questions:

I find these questions a lot more useful to think about than something like “How do I make a million dollars?”

Yours,

—J