I’m writing you from my apartment in San Francisco today. Normally, I live in New York, but I also have an apartment in SF. I know it’s a little ridiculous, but to me, it’s part of living a rich life.
I’ve asked you before: What does “rich” mean to you?
For some people it means fancy shoes. Let’s call this GOODS.
(As opposed to patronizing personal-finance “experts” who tell you all materialistic things are bad, my take is half of them WISH they could afford $500 shoes. Buying nice things is not evil — if you want them, and you can earn enough and automate your money to afford them, do it.)
For other people, it’s having 6 months of an emergency fund. Let’s call this SAFETY.
For some, it’s donating 10% to their local church or charity. Let’s call this CHARITY.
For other people, it’s being able to take a 3-week vacation to Asia…or take a pay cut to work at a job they love instead of chasing money. Let’s call this FREEDOM.
You’ve heard me talk about what rich means to me, like waking up and deciding I want to go to SF for a week and hang out with my friends there. Or see my parents for a weekend. I call this being FLEXIBLE.
You can see there are TONS of definitions of a rich life. And none of them make you feel guilty for using your money to do what you love.
But today, as I sit here in my second apartment (something I never thought I’d say…ever), I want to focus on one. I love the idea of being able to fly somewhere on a whim.
So I’m doing a new giveaway. This one is really simple:
I’m giving away two roundtrip tickets to anywhere in the USA.
All I ask is that you tell me where you’d fly and who you’d bring in the comments below.
I’ve done a few of these giveaways, but nothing like this. As long as you keep spreading the word about IWT, I’ll keep doing these. I want us to all share the idea that living a rich life doesn’t have to mean scrimping and cutting back on everything. That it’s OK to want more — and to craft your life around achieving it.
This ends 9/24.
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