The ROI of Things
can be evaluated by asking the question: what sort of things am I acquiring?
In doing so you will be better off in terms of health, happiness and fulfillment.
- Are you purchasing convenience before healthy foods?
- Attracting enemies over friends?
- Acquiring doubt in place of confidence?
- Taking more instead of giving away?
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” -Warren Buffet
Here are some things that have had a high ROI in my life (apart from family & friends, of course):
- Yerba Mate Tea (stolen from @TimFerris) – from Argentinian culture; great for waking up or right before bed
- Electric Tooth Brush – I use it every day.
- Floss – it’s been determined there is a causal relationship between flossing and lifespan (never flossing vs. flossing daily can decrease longevity by 30%).
- Reading – the internet and books are where the smartest people put down everything they know.
- Gym Membership – access to a sauna? yes, please.
- Blogging/Journaling – allows my scattered thoughts to organize
It’s easy to get caught up in spending your scarce resources into short-term gains. If you want to achieve your long-term goals, sometimes you must give up sleeping and partying.
When firms acquire/invest, they do so for long-run sustainability in the hopes of gaining a competitive advantage. Make sure you are acquiring/investing for the long-run.
Invest your time and resources into your health and your happiness.
I can guarantee you’ll see a return on your investment.