Life lesson from the Dalai Lama

When asked what surprised him most about humanity, the Dalai Lama replied:

Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health to make money, then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die and then dies having never really lived”.

His statement relates a lot to my article on the Goose and the Golden Egg. You can incur the risk of over-stretching yourself, misallocating your resources (time, health/energy, mind, skills and capital), and even living unhealthy lifestyles running after poisonous goals.

  • From a financial point of view, I feel it is important to build enough assets and leverage them in the most sustainable way to avoid the risk of killing my goose (over-burn myself and my assets).
  • From a personal development point of view, it is essential to intentionally set up life goals and a lifestyle in line with my values and core needs.

Combining these two approaches can improve happiness and satisfaction while simplifying the financial actions necessary to secure it. One of the most exciting tasks in life is discovering ourselves, our deep values, and building and securing resources and habits to live such a life in full harmony.

Enjoy the journey. Sweat Your Assets.