Yes, you read that right. I’m here to break the bad news to you (I know. The timing couldn't be worse with the holidays and all.) But you need to know the truth: You won’t ever make enough money. Especially if you think it is a means to an end. Trying to make more money is the trap of entrepreneurship.
But understanding the reasons why you can't ever make enough and knowing what to pursue instead can spare you a lot of time, stress and chasing.
As you climb the mountain of financial success, you can see farther and farther. You see many taller mountains, and people are already climbing on them. So, no matter how successful you are at getting to the top of the mountain, you'll feel you haven’t reached the top. You may just drive yourself crazy by continuously trying to reach the highest summit.
Here are some reasons why you won’t ever make enough money.
Keeping up with the Joneses
For every step of the financial ladder you climb, you find people who are a step ahead. You will continuously try to be more like them to keep up. It’s like a cat chasing its tail: You will keep going, but never feel successful at reaching what you’re after.
Odds are 7 billion to one
The planet’s population recently hit 7 billion. You want to be the richest person in the world, but there is only one richest person in the world. So you have a lot of competition to be No. 1. There will always be someone more successful and someone with a lot more money.
More financial success equals more financial stress
You've noticed this already: No matter where you are financially, the more you make, the more you buy and the more you need to maintain. It becomes a circular trap. If you make more, you have to maintain more. That means a lot of stress and pressure to keep making more.
A lot of articles tell you that the sky is the limit when it comes to financial success. The authors know what you want to hear. But when you realize it’s not possible, you can stop focusing so much on the pursuit of more and more money. You’ll enjoy life more when you stop obsessing on making “enough” money and focus on happiness instead.
Being happy is being content and satisfied. When you have that, you won’t have the stress of being a rat on a wheel, running and running, never reaching that financial destination.
You don't have to pursue happiness
Happiness comes from within. The more grateful you are for what you already have and the more you enjoy it, the more good things will come to you.
Set your sights on happiness, rather than on making enough money. And don’t just say you want happiness. Define it. Think about what makes you happy so that you can seek it out, recognize it and be grateful for it when it's within your grasp.
As Aristotle once said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”