I may catch some flak for this, but I feel that in order to become an elite, a success, you have to strip away the bad habits accumulated living life as an ordinary citizen. By “bad habits” I’m talking about things like smoking and drinking, any activity that detracts from one’s good health, physically, spiritually or financially.
A long time ago, I decided I wanted to get to the next level and have managed to keep myself away from bad habits. When my wife and I were looking to take up a new hobby, boating (and boating-related activities) came up near the top of the list. We do live on an island, and there are many family-friendly activities a boat offers. I had a hard time wrapping my head around the cost of a boat, until I considered our (lack of) bad habits.
For example, let’s take alcohol. Many reward themselves after their workday with a 6-pack of beer. In Canada, that will run you (roughly) $12. If you were to consume a 6-pack every day, you would be looking at a bad habit budget of approximately $360/month. Keep in mind I’m simplifying here. We could substitute or mix in any combination of cigarettes, expensive coffee, fast food, marijuana, etc, any bad habit that detracts from long term health. If one were to eliminate the bad habit, one could easily support taking up an equally expensive good habit (or save their money to reward themselves at a later date).
Back to the boat. In the end, we purchased a boat. It’s sitting in our driveway right now. Every time I look at the boat, it reminds me of how extremely fortunate we are. It also reminds me of what you can do if you focus on long term health, and kick your bad habits.