The story is as old as the hills, and yet we keep on hearing it. Becoming very rich can be fun, but it is not enough to be the sole goal in life. Why not? Check out this story.
Chamath Palihapitiya was poor as a youngster. Then he got very, very rich. But
once he finally became rich financially, Palihapitiya says it didn’t really make him as happy as he thought it would
What was wrong?
He says he realized that unless he did something more meaningful with his wealth, and have a “massive impact,” he wouldn’t feel truly happy about being rich.
At least part of this story is that we fantasize about “being” something – rich, famous, whatever. But “being” something does not offer meaning. We create meaning through what we do. And there is more
“The most important thing I realized is you need something superficial like that (being rich) to act as a catalyst initially, so you are motivated to escape whatever you are trying to escape,” he says. “But then you need to use that as a bridge to a more meaningful, long-term, largely unrealistic goal that can keep you focused, grounded and helpful to others.”
Exactly right! We need a “big vision” to get motivated. It can be anything, and getting really rich can do the trick. But once you are motivated, you need a “bridge” to build meaning as you go. The vision fades. Reality gets more interesting.