You don’t need a million dollars to live the millionaire lifestyle that you fantasize about.
I first encountered the thought in 2009.
I worked in a minimum wage job and was trying to supplement my income by selling various products.
Shortly after, I dropped all my efforts in entrepreneurship and sales-related activities.
Instead, I focused on asking myself the question, “what do I want?”
What will make me happy?
I asked myself.
The image of a fancy house, flashy car, and enviable vacations flooded my mind.
Those images were branded into my head from the goal-setting sessions and sales meetings.
I wanted an iPhone and a nice Apple computer.
I’m fascinated, and I wanted to own one.
A few years later, my friend told me she was leaving the country. She asked me if I wanted to buy her old iPhone and iPod touch for ₱6,000.
I said, yes.
I hit two of my goals.
The next year, my friend told me that his roommate got a new Macbook and was selling his old one.
I bought it.
I got my Macbook Pro for ₱14,000.
I was extremely happy.
I kept asking myself what would make me happy.
I really enjoyed seeing my friends every few weeks.
I enjoyed paying for food and booze.
I liked reading fiction and watching movies and TV shows.
When I got my credit card, I bought a bunch of books and online courses.
I enjoyed traveling, but not the expensive kind.
I just wanted to take a bus to a province and see friends for a couple of days.
I’m not really aiming for more.
In 2013, I worked for a BPO and was looking at the goals that I’ve written down.
I asked myself if that was it.
I’ve always envied people who could cook.
So, I started learning how to cook.
I bought an online class and a bunch of cookbooks with my credit card.
I occasionally bought a course about something work-related.
I wanted a better-looking body.
I started going to the gym.
My friends invited me to an out of town road trip via bike.
I bought a bike for that trip, and eventually, that bike became my primary form of transportation.
I bought a bunch of books, writing supplies, and anime figures, but now I’m done.
In 2020, I left our family home.
I’m renting a small apartment.
I bought a washing machine and a fridge.
I dropped the fantasy of retiring young and rich.
I have a boring job.
I sell boring products and services.
I have enough free time to write.
I have the opportunity to exercise everyday.
The only thing missing from my millionaire fantasy is martial arts classes, but I suspect that’s under ₱5,000 a month.
Why do you feel you want to be a millionaire?
Have you spent some time to ask yourself how much that dream lifestyle of yours really costs?
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