We all want greatness. Greatness of everything. Greatness of wealth, greatness of love, greatness of friendships. But who studies lifestyle? Because like everything else in life, it’s a study.
Money doesn’t make you happy. Experiences paid with money do.
Find the joy in what you do, and your life will become extraordinary.
I’ve been living in Dubai for the past week. It is March. Some say it’s spring. I say it’s summer.
Money doesn’t buy you happiness, but it sure does buy you sun, warm water and great experiences.
Lifestyle is about taking advantage of what you have, in terms of resources and then making the most out of it. You don’t need a lot of money to have a wonderful lifestyle, you just need a wonderful life philosophy.
I was listening to Jim Rohn talking about a great lifestyle. He shared one experience when he was with his wife at a gas station. He wanted to fuel and a small boy was there, helping customers out. Jim was asking for some guidance to get a latte, and the young boy gave him the answer plus a tip as to where to park, to avoid getting his car scratched. Jim left the petrol station and drove away to get the latte.
He was with his wife in the car, and instead of buying 2 lattes, he got 3. As he was turning around to get to his destination, he had to drive past the gas station where the young boy fuelled his car and washed his windows. Upon the return to the gas station, the boy came to the car and said: “hey, I see you found the late place.” Jim said: “Yes, I sure did.” And shortly after, Jim handed over the 3rd late to the boy. His expression, his surprise that he got a latte, was priceless, and his reaction was “Wow, is this for me?”
That feeling, stayed with Jim the entire day.
And the cost? Just 2 dollars. That’s it. Just 2 dollars. That’s how you buy wonderful experiences. You don’t need a lot of money. You need only a great plan. A great lifestyle.
This is something and everyone can do. It’s not limited only to the US, or only to white people, black people, rich people, poor people. It’s all about realising opportunities in our daily lives to make someone happy.
Another example, from my personal experience.
I have stayed in a hotel in Dubai for the past week, with everything included. I wanted to be able to focus solely on my businesses therefore I wanted to find ways to reduce the time required to buy groceries, cook and then wash dishes. So staying in a hotel with everything included was the most sensible and intelligent way for me to take advantage of my time on this planet.
As I was eating at the hotel every meal, I had the chance to see different characters and how everyone treats everyone. It was a great feeling. For the first time, I wasn’t really a tourist. I was actually living there. For a whole month. So I got to get to know the hotel personnel. Just by smiling and calling the waiters by their name, gave such a positive feeling and they also started treating me better, smiling, making jokes and saying we’ll see each other later in the day.
Now, on the other hand, there were people who just sat there and treated the personnel like nothing. I’ve studies non-verbal communication, therefore I was able to understand about 80% of the communication with the waiter. Their hand movement with the “go away, quickly” sign was so obvious, you didn’t need to be an expert body language reader to understand his…frustration.
That’s living in a negative vibration. That’s harmful, for everyone. Not a great lifestyle I’d say. So watch out your thoughts. Stay positive no matter what. It’s not easy at first, but hey, that’s life.