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You Aren't What You Buy

When I was in college, I bought a Rolex. In the week or so that I waited for it to come in the mail, I got really excited about the idea that I was going to have a Rolex. To me, someone who had a Rolex was a different type of person, simply because he bought a fancy watch.

The watch showed up, and it was obviously a fake. I took it to a jeweler, just in case, and he confirmed what I already knew.

But by then it was too late. In my head, I was a Rolex type of guy. So I bought another one-- a real one this time.

If you lost everything, would you be okay?

On The Best of Sett

Around 2 years ago, I read an interview with Ryan Holiday. I cannot locate it, but the gist was:

"If I lost everything and had to start from scratch, I would be fine. Really."

When I was 19, I interned at a financial planning company. I met with the manager/boss of the branch in my first week.

As I understood from others, he had a pretty high-income. Somewhere in the $250,000 - $450,000 range. He also had a PHD in philosophy, which at the time sounded like the greatest thing in the world. 

He told me: "If I was randomly parachuted out of a plane and landed anywhere in the world, I could create wealth. Anywhere, with my skills and philosophy background, I know I could make something happen."

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