Totallyyolo Thought for the Day: Money Isn’t Everything


Found this great story while I was reading one of my text books the other day. This two-paragraph tale is a reminder that money cannot buy happiness. Being in collge, I hear my some of my fellow students say all the time that the only thing they want to do when they get out of college is make a TON of money. That’s great! Money is definitely important. We need money to support ourselves and fulfill our needs. But what about all the things in life that money cannot buy? Friends, family, health, love, purpose, mindfulness, appreciation, empathy, change, laughter, time, and compassion. Money cannot buy you more time to spend with your family and friends. And it definitely cannot buy you a smile or a hug or love.

So now that I am done rambling, here is the tale:

After complimenting one fisherman on his quick catch of several large yellowfin tuna, the banker asked what he did with the rest of his time. “I sleep late,” explained the fisherman, “fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village where I sip wine, and play guitar with friends. I live a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed, “As a Harvard MBA, I could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the profits buy a bigger boat. Eventually you could acquire a fleet and move to New York where you could run an expanding enterprise. Eventually you would have millions.”

“Then what?” asked the fisherman.

“You could retire,” said the banker. “Move to a small fishing village where you could sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine awith your friends.”

So funny! Just a reminder that money cannot buy us happiness. Sometimes we already have everything that we need to be happy.

So don’t forget the value of everything that you cannot buy and…

Live Totallyyolo!


A totallyyolo thought for the day:

“Be who you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.” Julius Charles Hare

So much truth in this quote. We can never experience growth and improve the quality of our lives if we are living according to someone else’s expectations for us.

We have to be honest with ourselves about what we truly want and need in life. And then we must have the courage to pursue those desires despite criticism and opposition from other people.

Greater happiness never comes to us from living someone else’s life.

P.S. I am in the process of writing another article that addresses self-worth. Hope to have that out in the next couple of days.

Until then… Live totallyyolo!


A totallyyolo thought for the day:

In order to succeed in life we have to be willing to fail. Often, we are so fearful of failing that we do not even try. However, when we do not even try, we are forced to wonder “What if?”

“What if I had of told her how I feel about her?”

“What if I had of taken that job?”

“What if I had of tried to get my book published?”

I believe that forever living with uncertainty is far greater a pain than any temporary failure. The peace of mind is especially sweet.

So always live totallyyolo!