There are a couple of ways to really get to know another person. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they play chess. You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat children and pets. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat the serving staff at restaurants and hotels.
But is there a single question that will tell you something you need to know about a person? In my mind, there’s one question that stands out as particularly interesting:
It’s not a question about what they would buy or how they would spend their money, but how would they live their life once they had that kind of abundance.
I asked the question on Twitter, and got a couple of very interesting answers:
@brekit Enjoying life as much as possible, aka whatever I damned well please heh
— Alex Hanna (@Tinnvec) January 23, 2015
@brekit You know… I think I'd really and honestly call Bill Gates and ask how I could help. That's more money that I could ever need.
— Jon Shute (Senyek) (@jonshute) January 23, 2015
@BrekiT I'd assemble a team of elite investigators and travel the world having groovy crime-fighting adventures.
— Neil Frankham (@Arkenor) January 23, 2015
@BrekiT Probably pretty much the way I do now, only in a slightly bigger house. And maybe in different countries depending on our mood.
— Patrick Beja (@NotPatrick) January 23, 2015
@BrekiT I could really use some more socks. Then I dunno.
— Johan S (@Echo) January 23, 2015
I’ve thought a lot about this question, and for me, the answer for the first few days of having that money is pretty simple, and can be divided up into three very simple blocks:
But as for how I would live my life? That’s the golden question. Here’s how I imagine my days working:
- 9 AM: Waking up to the sun shining through the window, have a bacon & egg omelette, have a shower, do some stretching and breathing exercises and meditate.
- 10 AM: Go out for a short run (up to 5km) with my dog.
- 11 AM: Sit down in front of the computer to go through my e-mail, news and social media.
- 12 noon: Head to town for lunch with a friend or business partner.
- 2 PM: Hit the gym, go swimming, train martial arts or similar.
- 4 PM: Work on my online projects.
- 6 PM: Eat dinner.
- 7 PM: Record podcasts.
- 9 PM: Meditation and/or self-study.
- 11 PM: Yoga
- 12 Midnight: Sleep
This would be a typical day, of course, and there would be plenty of exceptions to the rule, but I think this is more or less how I would try to do it, if possible.
Now; the follow-up question to the billion dollar question is – of course – quite simple:
The most obvious answer is that I’m tied to my day job. For twelve hours a day, five days a week, I’m either at work, traveling to work or traveling from work. This saps a great deal of time from my life just to give me the possibility to pay for my mortgage, for food and for the simple pleasures in life. The remaining twelve hours of my life these days needs to be divided into sleep, dinner, and all of the other things I want to do, so I’m left to five hours of sleep, four hours of online projects and podcasts, an hour of dinner and up to two hours of bathing, training, yoga, meditation or something similar.
It’s a sad fact of life that our day jobs take up so much of our time and energy that we would prefer to spend on other things. That’s why I’m putting such a large portion of my life into a possible future career (the four hours of online projects and podcasts) so that I won’t be as dependent on my day job to support me. We’ve still got a long way to go before The Gl0d Group becomes the powerhouse of passive income that I desire; but every single month we’re one small step closer.