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This topic is adapted from the SketchX YouTube channel and is adapted from the book Principles by Ray Dalio.

Are you a leader with aspiration? You might think financial success is your goal, but in the long-run, it’s not.

[Related: Jeff Bezos’s Top 10 Rules for Success]

Video Highlights:

  • Think about what you truly want in life. Think about how money fits into what you truly want.
  • Ray Dalio points out in his book Principles that money in and of itself isn’t what we want. Money is only valuable because of what it can buy. Dalio realized that he wanted meaningful relationships and work, and he was able to make his money work for him to get what he wanted. And so Dalio now describes himself both as rich and happy.

Some of the richest, most successful people in the world are unhappy, and it’s because they don’t truly know what they want in life. They had to learn the hard way that money isn’t in and of itself the answer.

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” –Jim Carrey

Written content for this topic by Daniel Martin.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. “If you don’t know what you really want out of life, it’ll be you working for your money instead of your money working for you.” Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.
  4. Read Jim Carrey’s quote from the article. Explain why you agree or disagree with him.
  5. What are you truly after in this life? Why is this what you’re after?
  6. Do your daily priorities align with the answer to the previous question? If not, what changes do you need to make?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.