Self-Investments [Practical Materialism]
SUPERHUMAN SCORE: 8.13
Written by: Ben Meer | March 12, 2023
Underrated skill: Practical materialism. Master self-investments in these 3 areas.
I like buying things that make me healthier, wealthier or provide me free time.
I call it practical materialism:
Products that make a material difference in the quality of your life.
Here's what I'm talking about…
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Your health has cascading effects on every thought, feeling, and action you make. It's worth optimizing.
- Quality mattress
- Standing desk (I use Fully)
- Water flask
- Nutritious whole foods
- Running shoes
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- Books on personal finance
- Online courses to develop new skills
- Tools that power your side hustle
3. Free Time
Psychology says, purchases that save us time make us the happiest.
Use your money to buy back time (from activities you don't enjoy doing).
- Healthy meal delivery
- Cleaning service
- Wash & fold laundry
- Extra vacation days
Before purchasing anything, ask: “Will this make me healthier, wealthier, or provide me free time?”
Purchases in these 3 pillars are more likely to lead to lasting joy rather than instant gratification.
I believe rules are (occasionally) meant to be broken. In the words of Oscar Wilde, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
Receiving impractical gifts can be a gateway to buying more of them.
Example: You're gifted a gaming console, but that doesn't fit your goals for the year.
It may be worth chatting with relatives about the type of personal development gifts you especially love.
BRINGING IT HOME
What you'll find:
Practical materialism leads to minimalism.
You'll buy fewer things and enjoy more optionality/freedom.
This is the way.
All systems go,
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