Why pay for something you could get for free?
Many people live by this idea. There's a time and place for it, but I want to talk about shifting out of it into a more holistic approach.
To begin with, it's important to have a vision of the kind of life you want. Do you want more time? More money? Do you want more freedom to do what you love? More sleep? Better health? Travel?
Be honest with yourself and figure out what your very top priorities are. Do it now!
Once you have this vision you can use it to make decisions in the present. See how much of this dream life you can have now!
This could mean spending less time working so you can enjoy more free time and pursue a passion.
This could also mean spending less time worrying about saving money and more time working on what you love. Is it better for you to spend hours driving all over town to save $30 on something, or to pay full price and take that extra time to get more work done? Should you be doing your own taxes or cutting your own hair? Maybe you could benefit from an assistant?
There are many situations where spending a bit of money can save you so much time and struggle it's crazy not to do it. Whenever you can, focus on doing what brings you happiness and prosperity, and leave the other things to professionals—like accountants, personal trainers, hairstylists, carpenters, plumbers, designers, etc.
Paying people to do what they love is a great way to feel good about getting paid to do what you love!
Investing in yourself is important too! Once you're out of school it's still important to learn—take courses, read books, and hire experts when you have a difficult challenge. Anything that helps you to be your best self is worthwhile for business and well-being.
There are also other values to consider besides the aforementioned. Do you value your community? Buy local. Do you value musicians? Buy music. Do you value the environment? Buy eco-friendly or second-hand items.
Blindly going after the cheapest option at all times isn't sustainable—for the wellbeing of ourselves or the earth. It often comes at the expense of others too, like shopping at a store that has the cheapest stuff because they use unethical business practices and pay employees the bare minimum.
Don't short-change yourself on the health, happiness, and life you deserve.
Think holistically. Shift to a mindset of gratitude and abundance, and support your community whenever you can.
Supporting the place you live IS supporting yourself; your life is an inseparable part of the community and the environment, and you receive back what you put into it.
This approach may seem counterintuitive at first, but it is a crucial part of valuing yourself and others, which is important for building a successful business and abundant life in a way that is positive for all.
What do you value most? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.