"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost

December 20, 2014

Chapter 11: The Dangers of Prosperity (Life is What You Make It)

In this chapter, Peter Buffett shares his thoughts on how dangerous prosperity can be. While many of us would say that being wealthy is a good thing, some evidences show the difference.

Someone, in his life might be once a poor guy who struggled to survive in life.He put hard work and smart work into everything he did, and, within time, he earned a great amount of money. 

He realized that all the easiness he gets to enjoy right now didn't come easily, and now that he has children, he wants to pass them on the values that he's been holding on to.

But then , as Buffett says, the messages sent by the parents can be interpreted differently by the children. The parents want the children to know that hard work and struggling are needed by them, that they are parts of tools to get a happy and content life. The children might think, "What for? We already have everything."

Why work hard?
Because working hard is the surest way and might be the only way to achieve self-honor.

Why struggle?
Because struggling gets the best of ourselves out; struggling tells us who we are, what we can offer, and how far our accomplishment can be.

What will we still need to do after family's wealthness is achieved?

First we get a job because we need to make a living. After everything is covered, what will we do?

What do we look for when money don't matter anymore? How will we ever be able to live life fully then?
To answer those questions, we need to dig deeper within ourselves.

What are our ambitions? Our hopes? Our fears? Our dreams? Our passions?

How do we want to live our lives?

One day you may find something that you really want to do for the rest of your life. But you still got confused by so many things (let's say, parents' permission,whether it will make you earn good money or not, society's pressure, more society's pressure, more goddamn society's pressure, etc).

Peter Buffett has a good advice for you:
Do it with perseverance.

Last but not least, 
Always remember who you are.

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