How Important Is It?

Imagine all the things you want to do in this life. Some them are truly great. Some of them could, in some way, make a great impact on this world and our way of living. Right now, all you have is a dream, one that is almost an impossibility. The odds of success are barely there. They are so small. Yet, there is a chance. With God, all things are possible. And you, as a child of God, have the same potential of possibility. This thing that is in your mind. It can be accomplished.

If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should do it.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk. You might not like him or even agree with what he does, but it doesn’t change the fact that he daily tries to achieve what seems to be impossible. What he does in his mind is to him, the right thing to do. He believes his work is important for both him and humanity. Despite the odds, he is going to do it.

How are you any different? You have the same potential. If it is the right thing to do, you should do it. Who cares how slight the chance of success is? You can do it. This is your gift to humanity.

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Contemplating Seneca #85: Not Caught Off Guard

This week I started listening to the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast #1470 with Elon Musk. One of the first topics discussed is why Elon Musk is selling all his houses. What was his answer? Target vector. Huh? Apparently his houses increase his chances of being targeted by the outside. All his wealth, and he is looking at it as a burden. His plan for the future is to rent his lodgings.

As I listened to this I was reminded of Thomas J. Stanley’s The Millionaire Next Door. According to the book, the average millionaire is not the guy with all the flashy possessions. Instead, it is the guy who lives modestly and doesn’t spend his money on everything that catches his fancy. I read this book in my thirties, and it was a slap in the face of my twenties. Back then, I wasted all kinds of money on the wrong things. I was all show with no real financial substance to back it up.

There was another thing I was reminded of as I listened to Elon Musk’s interview. Check out these words from Seneca:

Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: “Is this the condition that I feared?”…If you would not have a man flinch when the crisis comes, train him before it comes. – Letter #18: On Festivals and Fasting

Practice poverty. Practice living below your means. Do this and if Fortune deals the dreadful blow, you will not face anything that you have not previously endured.  As Seneca says later in the same letter, “Let us practice our strokes on the “dummy”; let us become intimate with poverty, so that Fortune may not catch us off our guard.” Many of us have dealt with the hard times before. Hopefully, all of us have recovered from those times or are actively in the recovery process. The process has made us more resilient. But let us not forget that the hard times can come again. Wouldn’t it be better to prepare now?