Our mindsets are shaped by the people closest to us, but in general they are cultivated by society’s values. We’re a society that places importance on consumption. As consumers, we are made to believe that we are in control. In order to exercise that control, we must consume. If we are not consuming, we’re made to feel less like a member of society. We may feel rejected and ostracized. Yet each and every day we applaud and praise those who break societal norms and those who dare to live their dreams.
I’ve discovered that we have the power to create our own realities. But if we’re too busy consuming to have time for creating, then we’ll never reach our full potential. The money mindsets we hold and the financial decisions we make can perpetuate a lifestyle of consumption. It’s a cycle that’s difficult to break if you remain unaware of the opportunity to be a creator. Creating gives you a sense of accomplishment, a sense that you’re contributing to the world around you and are shaping the reality in which you live.
We buy many things to convince ourselves that our hard work means something, but the things we consume can strap us to a life we don’t want. So we work harder and spend more time doing things we have to do than things we want to do. Consuming goods is not a goal—it’s just a fact of life. However, consuming more goods than you can enjoy is a waste of your time.
As a result of my backpacking trip around the world, I realized I could ...