Not too overgeneralize, but I think that oftentimes in American culture our goal is to always have more. More income, a bigger house, a nicer car and just all around better stuff. As someone who immigrated to the US and started their career by cleaning bathrooms, I can understand the allure of the American dream. To many it’s motivational. And to an extend, that can be productive.
The question is where does it end. Once you have enough (a safe home, stable income, reliable transportation and the resources to save, eat and take care of yourself and your loved ones), I believe the American dream can become rather unproductive.
If you always want a better job, a bigger house and a nicer car; then where is it going to stop. Too often, it doesn’t.
So what happens when you stop the madness.
When you say “this house is enough,” “my car will be great for as long as it runs,” and maybe “I’ll switch from my high paying, super stressful job to one that pays less but gives me more freedom?”
What happens when after always pushing for more, you allow yourself to lower your own bar.
You create space.
Space to breathe.
Space to adventure.
Space to create.
Space to give.
Space to acquire true wealth, including the financial kind.
Space to figure out who the hell you are when you’re not giving yourself the excuse of being defined by the cookie cutter conventions our society provides.
What would happen if you lowered your own bar?
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