All good things, to be sure, but also a bit of an illusion.
We all like to fantasize about a ,000 raise brought about by drinking the right mixed drinks in the company of the right influential people.
You will never feel more motivated and less cynical than you do now.
And you will never have another decade of pre-childraising freedom in your life.
Or wiring your brain to source code and compiler windows spread out across three 34″ monitors on your stand-up desk while you design software in zen-like silence at 6am before everyone else shows up at work.
Or revising and re-researching your latest article for Elite Daily for the 55th time so it’s better and more viral than any article ever written before.
But there are some brains behind the article and I agreed with about half of it, so it is worth properly ridiculing the conclusion right here, in order to Fix the Internet.
So the author, Lauren Martin, seems to be a young, fun-loving person living in New York City.
With just a slight tweak on the money strategy, I came out with the same exhilarating decade of memories, good friends around the continent, and a beautiful and accomplished soon-to-be-wife.But one of the most interesting articles in recent memory has been making the rounds on social media this month, and it has fired up many Mustachians because it combines just enough spirited and uplifting “Fuck Yeah” insight on the good life, with a well-intentioned but horribly wrong conclusion. With 2.3 million “likes” on Facebook (up from 1.2m last time I checked), it has probably fooled thousands of financially suicidal people into thinking they are not sabotaging their own lives after all.In fact, I suspect that article has gone viral because it tells people exactly what they want to hear: The article is called “If You Have Savings in Your 20s, You’re Doing Something Wrong.” To be fair, it appeared in Elite Daily, which is somewhat of a notorious clickbait forward-this-to-your-facebook-friends content mill** to begin with.Mixed greens in your apartment fridge where your peers keep redbulls and bottles of vodka. There’s plenty of room at the edges for laughs over fine tequila and winks over surreptitious servings of weed. Work is the foundation, and all other activities need to be metered carefully to fit around that core of work.You can dance and feast and have ill-advised romances and circulate in the penthouse parties of billionaires. Once you become an Actual Rich Person, with a business drowning in opportunities but short on talent and you deal regularly in financial figures that contain more than one comma, you start to see how this works.In real life (even New York City real life), you get paid for getting really difficult shit done, better than anybody else can do it.This means fiddling with meticulous, gigantic spreadsheets at PM so you can get the impressively casual email to the department polished and sent by am.So she goes into this narrative about how she came to the city with an overly frugal mindset, worried about money and denying herself the pleasures of restaurants, clubbing and taxi rides.A wiser friend encouraged her to loosen up: Sounds reasonable, right? I take exception because I’ve been in exactly that place.It means training your body and mind in your off hours so that you can perform better than anyone else in the on hours.Inhaling books on investment, psychology, nutrition. Barbells and pullup racks in your apartment where your peers keep the Louis Vuitton purses and Apple products.