Advice They Never Told You – 5. Live Poor

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June 15, 2013 by Liberty

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There is no greater injustice done to man than getting exactly what he wants when he wants it.

The vast majority of people have no idea what it was like to live before modern technologies. Imagine, people used to have to spend all day hunting to eat. They didn’t have food stamps. They didn’t get the privilege of just going to a job to put food on the table. Hell, they even had to go hungry on a regular basis.

Even the homeless people living in the streets have no idea what it’s like to really be hand to mouth. We have so much excess that we can start to become addicted to it. Many people spend hundreds of dollars a month on their transportation or cable tv.

Now, there is nothing wrong with spending your money on these things but it always does some good to make sure you can break the addiction.

Learn to live without the luxuries in life. That includes, phones, cars, health insurance, hypoallergenic pillow cases, television shows, maybe even books. You should be getting at least a week off luxuries a year.

You don’t even have to give them up completely. All you need to do is live without them. For example, if you get a sickness you’d use your doctor for normally, go without for a week and let your body do what it’s meant to do. Maybe bike to work instead of drive. These are relatively simple changes that can completely change your perspective.

The funny thing about these monk-like exercises is that people often enjoy the cheap alternative more. While carrying your phone around all day might feel like a luxury, once you realize how much you enjoy not being accessible, you might realize what the real luxury is.

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