The F’s of Happiness.

  • Freedom (specifically freedom to do what you want with your time, as opposed to having it determined for you)
  • Finances (they dictate your ability to have freedom)
  • Fitness (determined by freedom, as most people cite “lack of free time” as a reason for being in terrible shape)
  • Friends and Family (which it’s difficult to have if you’re not free to do what you want with your time, don’t have the finances to be free, or are in such poor shape that you aren’t anything more than a burden to these people)

As such, the recipe seems to look something like this:

  • Aggressively build your Finances, which will buy you:
    • Freedom which allows you to put time and energy into:
      •  your Fitness,
      •  and strengthening relationships with Friends and Family

It seems simple, but it seems like people tend to put all of their eggs in one basket, and the further they move up in one category, the more the others suffer:

  • The CEO who has a net worth of eight figures, but is constantly working, has a failed marriage, and weighs 270 pounds.
  • The incredibly fit guy who spends 3 hours a day at the gym, but lives with three roommates and works in a kitchen until 1:00 AM every night.
  • The guy who’s always looking to go out and hang with friends every night, but just skates by at his job and isn’t in very good shape.

These are made-up examples, but it’s something to think about.

  • Can the guy who works 50 hours a week spend any time or energy on his fitness or his family?
  • Can the guy who spends every waking moment obsessing about his body be able to have a lucrative career?
  • Can the guy who goes out with friends every night get ahead of his finances or stay in good shape?

It’s a bit of an interesting thought exercise.

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