You can’t not love money. You could not love what it does to some people, but you couldn’t not love having it yourself. People do stupid things when they come into a large sum of money. Even if they worked hard for it, money often changes people. You’d think it would change people for the better, but unfortunately that isn’t usually the case. The more money people have, the more selfish they seem to become.
The only thing actually appealing about money is what you can do with it – intrinsically it has no value whatsoever. But how much could one possibly need for oneself? If you aren’t using your money (not only to make more money) to enjoy yourself, to make your life better, and to give back and to make the lives of others better, then you’re literally wasting your millions.
Money is only good if it’s spent. The trick is to spend it on the right things. Spending money on what matters in life will make you happier – seriously. It’s a whole lot better than being completely selfish. However, no one said that you can’t pamper yourself from time to time. How would you live if you had all the money in the world?
1. Live in a different part of the world every year.
When you’re ridiculously wealthy, the world literally is your home. You want to spend some time in Vienna? Barcelona? Paris? LA? New Jersey? Ha. I’m joking. No one wants to live in New Jersey. But you could if you wanted to because you have enough money to live anywhere you want for as long as you want. Just close your eyes and point to the map.
2. Go up to space.
When you have more money than you know what to do with, the world simply isn’t enough. We live in a day and age in which going up to space can be purchased. Sure, it still carries a hefty price tag, but sooner than later, it’s going to be a lot more common, and cheaper, than it is now.
Hell, if you have that much money then hit up Elon Musk and help get Space X up and running. Just think about it: You could get into commercial space travel and become the world’s first trillionaire!
3. Buy an island.
Why would you want an island? Why wouldn’t you want an island?! It’s a friggin’ island. With palm trees. And coconuts. And tons of women (or men) wearing tiny bikinis and partying late into the tropical night.
Or, better yet, an island that is quiet – a place where you can get away from the world as most know it and get back to the simplest way of life. Then when you want to get back to your other reality, you just hop on one of your yachts and head back.
4. Cure a disease.
If you can, try and cure at least two. One has already been cured by Bill and Melinda Gates. So, you’re going to have to do one better. A large portion of the world still suffers from diseases that are already curable. No one is asking you to cure cancer (but if you could, that would be swell), but make sure people stop suffering from the diseases that we already have cured. It’s not really a cure until it’s entirely gone.
5. Figure out a way to feed the hungry.
Money can do just about anything these days. With enough of it, you could cure world hunger. You could simply just buy every starving person some food. Better yet, figure out how to stop people from wasting so much of it so that we can feed the remainder without further damaging the planet.
Or, one better, do that while figuring out a way to make feeding billions of more people sustainable – if we keep multiplying at this rate we’re likely to be unable to keep up with food demands.
6. Stop a war.
Wars are basically about money. Why? Because money is power – power which you have plenty of. So why not strategically share that power in order to stop the violence and killing of innocent people? There is more than one way to stop a war if you’re smart, creative and wealthy. All you’d need to do is figure out the best way and be willing to settle the bill.
7. Raise the global standard of living.
There are many incredibly intelligent people on this planet – sure, not as many as there are idiots, but still the intelligent ones are out there somewhere. Unfortunately, you’re likely to never hear about them because they are never given the chance to show their skills. So why not spend your money finding these individuals and have them make money for you?
Money that you will spend on further developing the underdeveloped areas, helping people to help themselves. You can be the world economy’s stimulus plan that feeds back into your personal wealth. You can be the world's economic system.
8. Help educate those who don’t have access to an education.
There are those who are very bright and are lazy, and therefore never get anywhere, and then you have those who are bright and diligent, that still get nowhere. Not everyone gets a chance to become intelligent and brilliant. Many people don’t get a chance to go to school and learn about the world, about the reality that the rest of us have access to.
I strongly believe that the world’s greatest problem is that most people are idiots. They either are unable to get educated or are unwilling to get educated, but either way, they are uneducated. Not entirely, but not sufficiently either. The worst of these people are those who believe themselves to be smart. They are the ones who cause all the trouble.
9. Always look your best.
You can afford to eat incredibly healthy, to be incredibly well dressed, and to simply look incredible with minimum effort. You can have everything you need basically handed to you so that you don’t miss out on the rest of life. Convenience is often underrated.
If you could have someone get you what you want when you want it, you’ll save a ton of time not having to go out and get it yourself. Pure laziness? Not if you do so much with your life that you can’t afford the time – that could and should be the case if you have that much money. It’s simply convenient. And if you’re paying these assistants well, then why not live easier?
10. Eat and drink only the best.
The best-grown and served food from around the world is the only thing you should ever eat. It’s expensive, but it is an art. I’m not saying that it literally has to look like art – usually art isn’t very filling. But it should have been made with passion and skill. Even if you’re chowing down on a big, juicy burger, it better be the highest quality possible. Why? Because, for one, it’s better for you.
Secondly, the farmers who grew those plants, raised that livestock, are artisans in what they do. They don’t overproduce but keep their productions small – they minimize waste and treat their livestock with care and respect.
The chef has spent years training to make you that very dish. He or she has devoted his or her life to serving you and adding a bit of joy to your life. The best food is made by those who love to cook. Why would you ever want to eat any other way?
11. Figure out a way to live forever.
We’re getting close. Maybe not to living forever, but to extending our lifespan greatly. Because science progressing with technology and technology has been growing exponentially, so will our scientific and medical capabilities. It’s not unthinkable to imagine our lifespans becoming well over 200 within the next 50 years.