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A million dollars or a lifetime of vacation?


Well, the question was popped at me in an impromptu speaking contest that I lost.

I said vacation was far more meaningful if I can have all the experiences that I valued. There is no point in obsessing over accumulation of wealth. The actual question should be what experiences we want in life and then script those experiences! And, surprisingly the experiences that we cherish to have are either cheap or even free!

Bill Gates says he doesn’t have the need for all his wealth, Tim Ferris has written a wonderful book ‘4-day work week’ with this theme.

Bible succinctly puts this idea forward.

Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” (Luke 12:15 NLT)

However I lost to other guys who argued for money. I think I was too out-of-the-box.

When I mentioned this topic to an accomplished humorous speaker, he said: “What if I can have both?”