Tuesday 7 July 2009

Money and sense

I was reading the paper recently and there was an interview with someone and they asked the question "Can money buy happiness?". The guy in the interview sounded like quite a spiritual person and this was his response to this question:

If money could buy happiness, then would you be able to buy happiness for someone else?

If money could buy happiness, then would we haggle over the price?

If money could buy happiness, then would there be a limit to how much happiness you can buy?

I then read also read recently a blog that focuses on start-ups, and this was a comment that the author had to say, about the things investors don’t shout from the rooftops:

I’m in it to mostly have fun. If I wanted to do unpleasant work, I’d have my own start-up.

And, I got to thinking. Start-ups can make you excited about life, yes, if they succeed. But the reality is they are very very hard on the soul. The expression “no pain, no gain” really comes to mind when one thinks of a start-up. It is about hard work and sacrifice.

I know that the lessons we learn from pain are the ones that make us the strongest, but, sometimes the journey really can take so much out of you.

When it comes to making money, the start-up is more about creating magic than anything else. Happiness, in my view, is about making magic.

Posted by Ronnie Apteker