You can make millions, be super famous, and still be depressed
This sounds antinomic, yet a reality of life for many successful people.
Maybe you know Alex Tew, the guy behind the infamous million-dollar page – a piece of internet history -. Around 2005, on a late night and lying on his bed, he came out with the idea of a lifetime: start a webpage with a million pixels that could be purchased for $1 apiece.
He did make the million bucks in just 4 months from a 50 dollars investment.
He then dropped out of college, moved to London. Between 2006 and 2010, he launched a series a venture without being able to replicate his success, with some consequences on his mental health. Feeling severely depressed for years, unable to sleep correctly and eat well.
Eventually though, he was able to find a sense of fulfillment again and launched in 2012 “Calm”, a mediation app, who went from $100K revenue in 2015, to $37 million in 2017
To be happy is to learn to choose. Not only the appropriate pleasures, but also his way, his job, his way of living and loving. Choose your hobbies, your friends, the values on which to base your life. Living well is learning not to respond to all the requests, to prioritize your preferences. The exercise of reason allows a coherence of our life according to the values and goals that we pursue. We choose to satisfy one pleasure or give up another because we give meaning to our life - in both senses of the word: we give it both direction ...
Never let where you came from determine where you are going.
Those who use foul language on social networks (such as Twitter) are sending an expensive signal that they are free—and, ironically, competent. You don’t signal competence if you don’t take risks for it—there are few such low-risk strategies. So cursing today is a status symbol, just as oligarchs in Moscow wear blue jeans at special events to signal their power
When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life.
Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you.
And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build ...
The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense