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Should you get what you want?

I hear a resounding ‘YES!’, ‘Of COURSE I should!’ across the blogosphere. ‘What a stupid question!?!’

But is it? If you had everything you want would you be happy? What would you strive for for? Why bother getting out of bed in the morning?

This post will probably be a little disjointed as new questions and thoughts keep popping into my head just trying to answer my own question.

Many people want to win the lottery but google ‘lottery winners who blew it all’ and whistle at the results – it varies from country to country but many of the stories end with a home-made noose and/or people living in misery on state benefits.

When at school studying economics I was taught about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

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This is a model of what human beings purportedly need in order to have a happy, fulfilling life within a community.

Please note the absence of cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, fast cars, Louboutins, chocolate, swimmings pools, S&M pornography etc etc.

So why aren’t we happy with just the basics? Why are we always looking for more and better and often disgruntled when we don’t get them?

Could it be that human beings are just basically greedy, jealous bastards that nothing is ever good enough for and never will be?

Or is it that we are pleasure driven and crave the good feelings that things outside of the needs model don’t provide?

Toughie isn’t it. I have been homeless in the past and am grateful that I now have a secure roof over my head, my own bed to sleep in and food in the cupboard. The NHS looks after my health needs (which are many), I’m in a stable relationship and the internet, reading & writing, music etc fulfill many of the top level of needs.

There are still gaps in my own hierachy of needs but hopefully time will help plug them (as well as increased blog readership – nudge, nudge, wink, wink).

According to Lennon-McCartney “All you need is love” but according to Maslow going for a good s**t rates as much more important 😉

So I WANT to hear what you think! Is there anyone out there that is truly happy with what they’ve got or do you all want more, more, MORE…

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2 thoughts on “Should you get what you want?

  1. There are many peoples on this planet that are happy and prove we are so wrong in the way we live our lives. Here is a short story that illustrates this.

    An investment banker was at the jetty of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The banker complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

    The fisherman replied, “only a little while”. The banker then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The fisherman said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The banker then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

    The fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my friends. I have a full and busy life.” The banker scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to the city where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

    The fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

    To which the banker replied, “15 – 20 years.”

    “But what then?” Asked the fisherman.

    The banker laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!”

    “Millions – then what?”

    The banker said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your friends.”

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