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Should we aim for financial freedom and have no social life? (How much material wealth is enough?)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


UPDATED (23 DEC 2016):
Reader:
"Hi AK,  I have been a reader of your blog since 2014 and I start to do invest. Sometime I am worry that my investment would fail and become failure in life. Since then I try to avoid having girl-friend because I scare that one days I mind be a liability to wife and girl-friend.should I continue to invest for financial freedom and be frugal and give up on society life."


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"This is very personal. No one can advise you on this. Do what you feel is right for you."


Please don't ask me questions like this. I also blur.
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Hi Unknown,

This is something I have thought about before.

I am not sure but I don't think I will feel sad or jealous if I were to attend gatherings where friends show off how well they are doing materially. They made their choices in life and I made mine.

I don't avoid social gatherings per se but I am very selective these days.

I have grown to enjoy my own company a lot more as I grow older. I like a quieter and simpler life.

Having fewer relationships in life promotes quiet and simplicity. However, no man is an island and I only maintain relationships which matter more to me.

When it comes to money, although we are all made differently, all of us need money in this modern world of ours.

However, it is good to remember that we only need so much money in life. This simple fact is lost on many as they pursue more material wealth than really necessary.

How much is enough?

How much is more than necessary?

The answers would differ from person to person, of course.

Whatever the answers might be, materially, we want to be comfortable while, financially, we need to be secure. Achieving this will give us peace of mind and I am sure we will feel happier then.

If we have achieved this, it is enough.

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