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How to Stop Being Happy

This comes from Charlie Munger:the billionaire partner of Warren Buffett summarized here: Make immediate gratification the most important thing in your life. Finally, you’ve made it. All that hard work has paid off. It’s all about you now. Make your dreams come true. Shape …
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

This comes from Charlie Munger:the billionaire partner of Warren Buffett summarized here:

  1. Make immediate gratification the most important thing in your life.

Finally, you’ve made it. All that hard work has paid off. It’s all about you now. Make your dreams come true. Shape your surroundings to please your every desire. Make your lifestyle design your main priority.

   2. Chase that “Comparison Moment”:

You have the old thing, you want the new thing. Do it. Be happy for a week. Ignore the fact that your happiness only comes in the moment of comparison between the old and new. Once you have had your new thing for a week, it becomes the new norm. Just go seek happiness from another new thing.

   3. Buy it all, never rent:

Why would you lease a car, a boat, motorcycle, or a house when you can buy? It’s not about the thing, it’s about your identity. This shows to everyone who you are now. You are a homeowner, you have that new S-Class, you are a boat-owner that emulates the #lakelife.

   4. Internalize your new status:

You worked your ass off to get here, celebrate! Relax and admit that you are in a different class of people now. You have different needs. Understand, there is no going back now.

   5. Be a connoisseur of everything:

Learn what others say is the finest. Insist on only the finest. You don’t drink that Bud Light piss water anymore, oh no no no, only a nice aged Bordeaux for me thanks. You will now be unhappy with anything but the finest.

   6. Get to know your possessions:

Now that you own only the best, it’s high time you focus on what you’ve got. Learn all about the features of your new possessions. Spend more time getting your surround sound and your new heated floor juuuuust right. Work out the whole solar panel charging for your new Tesla. This is important.

   7. Acclimate to this level of comfort:

Eliminate every discomfort from your life. Blame others when the world seems hard and is not living up to your high standards.

   8. Now you have finally arrived, show everybody how rich and happy you really are:

How is everybody going to know how rich and happy you are if you don’t tell and show them all your possessions every chance you get? Tell everybody about how fast your Model S goes from in 0–60 seconds, with no gasoline!!! You are really doing your part to save the planet, spread that knowledge to all of your ignorant friends so they can see the light too. But you can’t just talk about it in person, oh no, that’s not sufficient. You must show everybody so you can enlighten them too. Post on your social media.

Comments (3)

  • Good information. I live a simple and humble lie. The less I have the happier I am. God supplies all my needs not my wants. He is all I need.

  • We live in a world that measures the value of a man by his success, not his dignity or integrity. In this world, the man who succeeds is seen to be right, rather than the righteous man. I am so thankful for the work you are doing, Seth, to point to a viable alternative to acquiescing to the thinking that got us into this mess.

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