“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” – Nassim Taleb
There are people who will strongly disagree with some of the things I have to say in this post. In fact, I’m going to take aim at what have become some of the foundational ideas of our culture. They may feel uncomfortable, but I urge you to try and read them with an open mind. While I write this on my startup blog (as it’s relevant to achieving sufficient freedom to start a startup without an income), the concepts here have much broader applicability to any middle class life.
Money is the largest source of stress for Americans. While there is a certainly a percentage of Americans who live with insufficient incomes to cover the needs of themselves or their families, I’m sure that percentage is much smaller than the number of Americans who are currently stressed about money. Most of this stress is ultimately caused by our culture’s imposed poor understanding of money. At this point you’re going to expect me to tell you to save more and spend less, but I believe you’ll take care of that yourself once understand what we’re actually talking about.