Instead, I might hear, “It’s only $250. That’s $300 off!”
Which… OK, that’s great. Who doesn’t love a deal, right?
But when it’s about something that you don’t need (or even want)… and you find yourself just wanting to get it because it’s a bargain… that’s a bum deal.
On the surface, the basic premise is that you’re still exchanging hours of your life for that. You BETTER want it badly enough to warrant that!
But like I said, that’s the way I used to think.
I REMEMBER thinking that way, but it didn’t really strike me how profoundly my life has changed until I saw its reflection in the impact that those words have on me now.
Because the way it hits me today is that — when you think about the life that you are exchanging for something, you’re generally thinking about your work hours. Exchanging those work hours.
And I think the REASON people are OK with wasting that time on something they might not even want, is that they don’t really LOVE the work they do.
I mean, as an exercise, think of the last thing that you bought that was over $100.
Now think of your favorite way to spend your time — how many hours of doing THAT are you willing to exchange for that item? Was it still a good buy?
For me, the last thing I bought was a vacation – and my work is actually what I LOVE doing. So the exercise kind of falls apart for me.
And THAT’s what really struck me this morning.
#1 – I get to spend the majority of my time doing what I love.
AND #2 – I can do it wherever I want to do it.
AND #3 – The money that I SPEND is for vacations – which I also happen to really enjoy.
But my point is that when your normal, everyday hours are spent doing what you’re passionate about — what you really enjoy doing — then you aren’t really exchanging those hours for something.
Getting paid for it is almost like getting the money as an accidental side-benefit. It’s like “found money” and you’re free to throw it at whatever strikes your fancy.
So, no shade thrown on Henry David Thoreau — because I know they didn’t have the internet back then so it wasn’t as easy for him — I would rephrase that quote.
The price of anything is the amount of JOY it costs you.