I saw a post come across my Facebook feed where the poster admitted that he will have few friends, not have hobbies, work late nights and miss out on sleep, but it will be “worth it.”
How are we allocating value here? Is financial freedom worth not having friends and free time?
Is there really a necessary tradeoff here?
To me, it feels weird to assume you have to trade some of the most valuable things in life for some abstract definition of “success.”
In my mind, you should at least test that assumption first. Hang out with your friends. See your family. Have hobbies and get enough sleep, then re-evaluate and see if you really need to cut those things out of your life to be more “successful.”
My guess is that when you develop strong relationships, nourish yourself, and have your basic expenses covered, you will realize that you’re already successful beyond belief.
But until then, forget about the things that make life worth living and blindly chase success.
P.S. Today was my birthday, and this year I was reminded of just how grateful I am to have friends, family and hobbies.