Does the dream of an ostentatious lifestyle degrade the notion of success or enhance it? 1

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Let’s hammer the nail on its head.

What is success to you?

Does it mean owning a BMW, a far classier version than your once-upon-a-time college mate, going for pompous parties where you enter with champagne and jazz music suddenly pumps up its beats or living in a multi-storey apartment with a helipad, with a personal jet always at your service?

No, no, go ahead. Think about it, it’s important.

All of it is ostentatious, but then, is it success. Your success? Would you feel proud of it? Perhaps, you might, perhaps, you won’t. But that’s going to decide whether your lifestyle has been upgraded or degraded.

Have you ever thought how much time you waste everyday thinking about the future and the past? Are you making more money, wearing right clothes, networking with ‘right’ people, having the right self image? No, you don’t. It’s part of your daily routine, so why should you ponder, right?

But do you have any idea of the concept of the ‘science of simplicity?’

The great American author Henry David Thoreau once said, “Our life is frittered away by detail.…Simply, simplify.”

Do you know President Obama wears the same suit every single day? What does that infer? According to us, he is successful, has an ostentatious lifestyle. But then, according to him, he does not have the time to think about petty details.

Same goes for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who wears gray t-shirt with a black hoody and jeans, every time he has been seen in public.

Thinking about your lifestyle will only add to decision fatigue. Your brain won’t stop thinking and you will burn out in these little details that cloud your thoughts.

Ross Bailey, founder and CEO of Appear Here, an agency that is described as theAirBnB for retail spaces rightly says, “Today people have everything they’ve ever wanted and they can buy more and more things every single year, but what they cannot buy are experiences.”

Even Manoj Bhargava, the Entrepreneur philanthropist, Founder of 5-Hour Energy, who’s net worth is USD $4 billion, says “I just tried to make things as simple as I could. It’s not that i am so efficient; I just avoid useless things.”

And how can you avoid what Vinod Khosla, the alumni of IIT Delhi has to say. “In my view, it’s irreverence, foolish confidence and naivety combined with persistence, open mindedness and a continual ability to learn that created Facebook, Google, Yahoo, eBay, Microsoft, Apple, Juniper, AOL, Sun Microsystems and others.”

So, rather than thinking about lifestyle, focus on simplicity, think about ideas, original ideas. Go for experiences, stay busy, deliver more, do more. And that’s where your lifestyle comes in. It comes in simplicity and hard work. No matter, where you are and how far you will go.

In the end, always remember:

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up knowing it must run faster than the lion or be killed. Every morning, a lion awakens knowing it must outrun the slowest gazelle or starve to death. It doesn’t matter if you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better be running.”-Robert Mayer


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