Two ways to think about your future

1) How much can I get?

This is the human default: money, prestige, a graduate degree, a four-bedroom house, a new car every six years, a spouse, several children, great health, and on.

2) How much can I do without?

Or as Henry David Thoreau said, “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

I heard this story once:

One day a medieval squire asked a gentleman eating a dinner of rice and beans why he did not submit to the rule of the King. After all, if he submitted he would be afforded luxurious meals. The gentleman responded:

“If you could subsist on rice and beans you would not need to submit to the rule of the King.”

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