Between my day job (investing money) and my hobby (blogging about money), it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that money is everything. As much as I encourage you to be conscious of your money, there are other things that will prove to be more important when it comes to improving your life.
- “If only I had more money, I’d be able to _____.”
- “If I earned $_____ per year, things would be so different.”
These are common excuses I hear from people that make me cringe. I cringe because I know the problem lies not in income level but in attitude. There have been many studies that show money CAN buy happiness, but only up to $75,000. Beyond that, more money doesn’t lead to increased happiness or reduced stress.
The Cold Cut Clarity Combo
As I was waiting in line for my sub to be assembled (which took unusually long), I had a moment of clarity. While a lot of people like Subway, there are equal (if not more) people that do not like Subway.
- “They don’t give you enough meat.”
- “There aren’t enough toppings.”
These are common excuses I hear from people that refuse to eat at America’s largest franchise. As I was standing in line, I noticed all of the people in front me loading on toppings which created huge sandwiches. They looked extremely pleased with the size and taste of their sandwiches. But how could one person be so content with something that another person would complain about? ZING!
Life Is Like A Subway Sandwich
If you are ordering a sub and choose not to load it up with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, peppers, dressing, etc. then it’s going to be plain. It’s going to be boring. Odds are you’re going to be unhappy with it.
By the same token, if you approach life in the same manner as above, you’ll be unhappy. If your days consist of punching timecards and nothing else, you’re looking at misery. Maybe it’s not the restaurant, rather your tastebuds that need changing.
My advice to you: Put more meat between your buns (potentially the worst advice ever given).