It is a question that has plagued mankind since the very beginning. How can one own the very best things but not have to resort to nicking it?
Well, here I have a suggestion. Sorry to all you career criminals out there, this approach is not against the law.
These days I don’t really own very much, mostly due to the fact that following traveling for 6 months with nothing more than a 32 litre rucksack I have fully adopted the minimalist lifestlyle.
That being said, I do own very high quality stuff as my brand is very important to me.
Having the best of everything in life does not necessarily mean bucket loads of money, it can be achieved more cost effectively by following a few principles. I know this because I like to own good things but I am also an entrepreneur and so am used to living on a bums wages as my companies eat all my capital.
So without further ado, here are few things to keep in mind if you want to own the very best of everything and have yet to win the lottery.
1. You don’t need 16 pairs of shoes
The biggest mistake people generally make is having too much stuff. The more stuff you have the more cost you have to shell out. Simple really.
When I overhauled my wardrobe I found that I had a lot of stuff, stupids amounts – 100 t-shirts, 20 pairs of trousers in various states of repair, lots of odd shoes and quite a few watches. All bought relatively cheaply no doubt but most of which I never wore.
Roughly calculating the cost I probably had a few thousand pounds worth of clothes I never wore. A massive waste of money by anyones standards.
I took the small amount of real high quality clothes and chucked the rest. My life is freer and I dress better.
Buying clothes is about value. Do you really need 8 pairs of trainer or would it make your life more enjoyable to invest in one really nice designer pair and one high quality set of runners? Same goes for jackets, shirts, tshirts, shorts and trousers.
You don’t need to be a slave to the ever changing seasonal looks. Find what clothes and colors work for you and invest in quality that will last. Be confident in your own style and feel good in the clothes you wear without having to change them ever month for the newest cut.
Invest in small amounts of high quality clothes for less than the price of large amounts of average quality ones. Look sharper and be richer.
2. Investing in One Apple Mac is better than 3 PCs
The thing about price is that things are not expensive or cheap, they are of high value or low value. My Macbook pro isn’t expensive but my PC netbook was.
My Macbook has high value because it brings joy to my life every day, helps me work more efficiently and will last many years. My netbook is low value because I don’t really need it, it is a hassle to use, tends not to work and I am ashamed to pull it out in public.
My Macbook was £1400 well invested that will give me great returns over many years, my £300 netbook was money wasted that has brought nothing to my life and was ditched.
3. A small piece of excellent chocolate is better than a bar of so-so.
It will always do your wallet, waistline and generally happiness a world of good to invest in small amounts of really good stuff.
Over the choice of a 30g bar of Galaxy chocolate or a 230g bar of supermarket own brand, choose the creamy Galaxy one. Buy a small amount of organic fruit and veg that you know you are going to eat and enjoy rather than a truck load of pesticide ones which mostly will be wasted. Take a three day holiday somewhere you want to be rather than a 2 week one because it is on offer.
To Sum Up
To experience the best things in life is simply about being disciplined and the choices you make about where you channel your money.
Remember things are never expensive or cheap, they are simple good value or not good value. The value of the goods will completely depend on you, not the price tag.
Concentrate on making more conscious buying decisions so that you can reduce waste and increase life quality. This approach done effectively really does allow you to experience the very best things in life.
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