Lifestyle or people? Which is more important?


Lifestyle or peopleMoney, past a certain point, cannot buy you anything worth having. ~Giles Coren

I wrote a post recently about the importance of money versus life and I received some interesting feedback from readers. Some agreed with my underlying point that your life matters more than obsessing about money.

However others thought that their quality of life was in direct proportion to the money they’ve got. Essentially money equals lifestyle and so ultimately they thought it mattered more.

So I think it’s worth reflecting on this issue again.

Yes, having money is nice insofar as you can live in a nice house, drive a nice car, wear fine clothes and eat in the best restaurants. All of that is wonderful no doubt.

However money can’t buy you love and it can’t buy you the wag of a dog’s tail.

Money simply cannot buy genuine affection from others, whether that’s your partner, your children, your family, your friends or your pets.

If you could only have either the finest things money can buy or strong, well-balanced relationships with the people who matter most to you, which one would you really choose?

I don’t know about you but I think people matter most. If push comes to shove I can live with very little money but I couldn’t get by without my loved ones.

All of the most memorable times in my life have had other people at the core.

It is people who’ve made the difference to me. It’s people who’ve made me smile. It’s people who’ve been there for me when life’s been a challenge. We all need people more than we need things, surely?

Having money is very nice of course, but having people in my life has been much nicer.

Money is like oxygen, we can’t live without it. That’s true.

We must ensure that we’ve got some money, but we shouldn’t pursue money at the expense of our loved ones.

I would rather be poor than lose those people who matter most to me.

Then again, that’s just my point of view but what do you think?

Would you agree with me? Perhaps for you lifestyle matters more? Let us know via the comments below.

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21 thought-provoking quotes about happiness

Quotes about happinessYou’ll be as happy as you choose to be.

Yes, life’s challenging. Yes, life’s full of frustrations and disappointments. Yes, people do drive you nuts occasionally.

No one’s life is perfect, despite any outward signs to the contrary.

And it is a fact that everyone has problems.

Personal happiness depends on how we choose to look at life. It’s that simple. Happiness is not a destination it’s a state of being.

So if you’re not currently in that state, here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about happiness to help you.

You can let life’s challenges make you feel miserable or you can refuse to let anything get you down.

Focus on the good things in your life, however few and small they may be.

Just say to yourself, I’m going to be happy and nothing is going to stop me.

You will find that being happy isn’t as hard as it might appear to be.

Enjoy these 21 thought-provoking quotes about happiness and I hope they help to increase your sense of personal happiness and make your life much more fulfilling:-

Quotes about happinessQuotes about happiness:

  1. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. ~Omar Khayyam
  2. No medicine cures what happiness cannot. ~Gabriel García Márquez
  3. One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. ~Rita Mae Brown
  4. Whoever is happy will make others happy. ~Anne Frank
  5. We forge the chains we wear in life. ~Charles Dickens
  6. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. ~Ernest Hemingway
  7. People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. ~Anton Chekhov
  8. The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy, it’s all that matters. Audrey Hepburn
  9. Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. ~St Augustine
  10. It is not how much we have but how much we enjoy that makes happiness. ~Charles Spurgeon
  11. The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. ~James Oppenheim
  12. Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
  13. Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be. ~Abraham Lincoln
  14. Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. ~Robert Brault 
  15. I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve. ~Jane Austen
  16. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more. ~Roy T. Bennett 
  17. Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed? ~Hunter S. Thompson
  18. If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes. ~Andrew Carnegie
  19. For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  20. You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. ~Albert Camus
  21. Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for. ~Joseph Addison

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How to make money from investing in stocks and shares

How to make money from investing in stocks and sharesOnly buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years. ~Warren Buffett

Arguably, Warren Buffett is one of the greatest investors of all time. Certainly he has delivered an above average return to investors in his company Berkshire Hathaway consistently over many, many years.

And when people are successful we should listen to them. If their approach has been successful for them, it can be successful for us too. So it’s a good idea to listen and learn.

Warren Buffett’s investment philosophy is essentially quite simple.

If you’re buying stocks and shares then the ideal investment is a company with a range of good quality products which everyone needs; with strong cash-flow and little or no debt; broad international exposure; and which pays solid, sustainable dividends.

Buy the asset at fair value and you will have an income stream you can rely on regardless of any short or medium-term market volatility.

Choose the right stock and you should enjoy some capital appreciation over the long term as well.

Too many people are speculators rather than investors. They hope to time the market to gain a quick buck. However that’s hugely difficult and most amateurs will lose money with that approach, unless they are very, very lucky.

Whereas invest in good companies at fair value and over time you’ll have an excellent chance to make very good return.

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3 Side-splitting Jokes about Heaven and Hell

Side-splitting Jokes1. The transport you get in Heaven:

New Yorkers Frank, George and Vinny are killed in a tragic car crash in Manhattan.

The three friends arrive at the entrance to the Pearly Gates and there is St Peter waiting for them.

After the initial pleasantries, St Peter says to them, “Gentlemen, Heaven is an enormous place, so you will need transport to get around. And I have to tell you now that the type of transport you will be allocated will depend on how faithful you were to your wives.

He then turns to Frank and says, “Francis, how faithful were you to your wife?

I never strayed once”, says Frank. “From the day we met until my dying day, she was the only woman with whom I slept and I loved her very much.

Most impressive Francis”, says St Peter. “Such fidelity is worthy of a new $13 million Rolls-Royce Sweptail and here are the keys. You’ll find your car in the parking lot just inside the Pearly Gates.

Turning to George, St Peter said, “And how faithful have you been George?

George hesitated momentarily and then said, “I must be honest and tell you that I did have a brief affair with my secretary about 20 years ago. It was the only time I cheated and I did regret it. I love my wife and after that brief lapse I was faithful to her until my dying day.

Very well”, said St Peter. “You made one mistake but otherwise you were of good character. Your reward now is a Chevrolet Bolt. Here are your keys and you’ll find the car in the parking lot inside the Gates.

St Peter then turned to Vinny and said, “So Vincent, were you as well behaved as your friends?

Vinny looked a little embarrassed as he responded. “St Peter, if I’m honest I was an inveterate womanizer and I’ve had more sexual encounters than I can remember. However I did love my wife and I would never have left her.”

St Peter frowned as he spoke in response, “Vincent your behaviour was less than exemplary but you did at least say you loved your wife and you never left her, so that counts for something. Therefore I will give you a top-of-the-range mountain bike to enable you to get around. You’ll find it in the cycle rack inside the Gates.

The three friends then spent the next few weeks travelling around in Heaven getting to know the place.

One day as Vinny was cycling along Heaven’s highway he saw a Rolls Royce Sweptail parked by the side of the road. As he got close, he could see Frank sitting in the driver’s seat sobbing.

Hey buddy, what’s the matter?” said Vinny. “You’ve driving a beautiful Rolls Royce, what could possibly be wrong?

I know”, said Frank, “but I’ve just seen my wife go past on a skateboard.

Side-splitting Jokes2. The reward for a life of sin:

Three drinking buddies, Bill, Jim and Cyril died in a plane crash on the way to Las Vegas and they all found themselves in Hell.

No sooner had they walked through the Gates of Hell than they found themselves staring at a series of doors.

Bill opened the first door and out stepped a really ugly woman, her face covered in hideous warts.

The voice of the Devil then boomed out, “William, you have been a sinner and so you are condemned to spend eternity in bed with this poor woman.

The woman then took Bill by the hand and led him through the door he’d opened to suffer his punishment.

Jim and Cyril naturally were feeling very apprehensive at this point.

However Jim plucked up the courage to open the second door which revealed a woman who was even uglier than the first one. She was a grinning, toothless hag with a hunched back and a bad case of body odour.

Again the voice of the Devil then boomed out, “James, you too have sinned and so you are condemned to spend eternity in bed with this wretched woman.

The woman then took Jim by the hand and led him through the door to suffer his punishment.

Naturally, at this point Cyril was a nervous wreck as he was about to open the third door.

He feared the worst, although he knew he hadn’t been much of a sinner so he hoped it wouldn’t be another hag.

Cyril was pleasantly surprised when out stepped a beautiful blond in a very brief bikini.

Wow!” thought Cyril.

Then the Devil’s voice boomed out, “Maria, you have been a sinner so you are condemned to spend eternity with this hideous wretch.

Side-splitting Jokes3. Hoping for a miracle:

Bernard was a deeply religious man and one day he found himself trapped on the roof of his house following a terrible flood after the worst storms in living memory.

After an hour or so a man came by in a boat and shouted to Bernard, “Get in!

No”, said Bernard, “I have faith in God. He will ensure my safety.

Soon the water had completely submerged Bernard’s house and it was lapping around his waist.

Suddenly another man came by in a boat and shouted, “Get in!

No”, said Bernard, “I have faith in God. He will ensure my safety.

Another hour went by and the water was now lapping around Bernard’s chest.

Yet another boat came along and a man shouted to Bernard, “Get in!

No”, said Bernard, “I have faith in God. He will ensure my safety.

Well, the water kept on rising and it was now up around his neck when a helicopter appeared and down came a ladder. The crewman on the ladder shouted to Bernard, “Hey buddy, climb up!

No”, said Bernard, “I have faith in God. He will ensure my safety.

Another hour went by and the next thing Bernard knew he was standing at the Pearly Gates in front of St Peter.

At this point Bernard felt very disheartened as he said to St Peter, “I feel completely let down. I truly believed God would save me.

Be fair”, said St Peter, “We did send you three boats and a helicopter.

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5 inspirational quotes on things that really matter

Inspirational quotes on things that really matterIf a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well. ~Martin Luther King

The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is neither likely to make money nor find much fun in life. ~Charles M. Schwab

Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. ~Norman MacEwan

If life be short, then moderate your worldly cares and projects. Do not cumber yourselves with too much provision for a short voyage. ~Author Unknown

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. ~Pearl S. Buck

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Which is most precious your money or your life?

Which is most precious your money or your lifeThere are no pockets in a shroud, so I love to spend and be generous when I can. ~Laura Tenison

In life there are two resources which require careful management. One is our time; the other is our money.

With respect to money, we must take care of it, protect it, manage it carefully and we shouldn’t waste it.

Ideally we should be building wealth and acquiring assets that will generate an income for us.

In that way we create a private income and then what we do with our life depends only on what we want to do with our life. And for me that’s important.

All that said, it’s important not to become obsessed with money.

The quote above from Laura Tenison reminds us that we cannot take our wealth with us when we die.

Clearly Ms Tenison likes to share her good fortune with others. She’s right I think but, as always, it’s about striking a balance.

In creating the maternity clothes retailer JoJo Maman Bebe, Laura Tenison is clearly a smart lady, so my guess is that she will always strike the right balance. So good luck to her.

If success is your goal then I hope the year ahead proves to be very successful for you Dear Reader. It can be, so keep going until you get to where you want to be. However make sure you get the balance right too.

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5 powerful quotes to propel you down the road to success

Looking for inspiration dear reader? You won’t be alone if you are. We all need something to fire a spark within us occasionally but where to start?

Quotes from successful people are always a good place to start.

It is always worth listening to people who’ve achieved real success.

If they’ve done it successfully, whatever it is, then we copy their approach. And if we copy their approach then there’s a good chance we can achieve success too. 

So here are 5 powerful quotes from some very successful people. I hope they provide a spark to propel you down the road to success.

Powerful quotes to propel you down the road to success:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~Steve Jobs

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~Harriet Tubman

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. ~Swami Vivekananda

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. ~Jim Rohn

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. ~Steve Jobs

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5 philosophical quotes about getting old

Philosophical quotes about getting oldMost people worry themselves silly when they think about getting old. However let’s face it, getting old is better than the alternative.

Yes, as we get older we get more aches and pains and we slow down a little. That’s natural. However for me the idea of getting old is really just a state of mind.

And what do I mean by that statement?

Well we’re all getting older every minute of every day but do we have to get old? I think it’s all down to our personal philosophy.

By that I mean, it’s all down to how we look at things. As long as we can retain an enthusiasm for life and embrace all things new then we’re not old at all. Older yes, but not old.

Old is when you’ve had enough of life and you’re ready to embrace the Grim Reaper.

And I hope for you dear reader that will be a long, long way off.

In the meantime, here are 5 philosophical quotes about getting old to help you put it all into perspective.

Philosophical quotes about getting oldPhilosophical quotes about getting old:

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. ~Henry Ford

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. ~George Bernard Shaw

Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you. ~Ogden Nash

The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything. ~Oscar Wilde

I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?’ ~Mother Teresa

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21 thought-provoking quotes about friendship

Quotes about friendshipFriendship is a relationship of equals.

Friends are people with whom we have things in common. They are people whose company we enjoy. They are people whom, if they called us at 3am because they were in trouble , we’d go out of our way to help them.

In short; they are people who really matter to us.

If you have one true friend, a real pal, then you are lucky. If you have two, then you are rich indeed.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming you have lots of friends.

Whilst you may be on good terms with lots of people, how many would be there shoulder-to-shoulder with you if you were in serious trouble?

Real friends will be there for you no matter what. Everyone else in your life are just people you know with varying degrees of familiarity.

Real friendship is a truly precious gift. So appreciate your real friends and let them know how much they mean to you.

Here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about friendship, to make you think and to remind you that having friends is really what makes life bearable.

Quotes about friendshipWe are social animals and we need other people. And the best people are the people we call friends. They are the ones with whom we choose to spend our time.

Quotes about friendship:

  1. You cannot buy with gold the old associations. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  2. Wishing to be friends is quick work but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. ~Aristotle
  3. Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. ~Woodrow Wilson
  4. If you wanna find out who’s a true friend, screw up or go through a challenging time then see who sticks around. ~Karen Salmonsohn
  5. Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. ~Muhammad Ali
  6. True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable. ~David Tyson Gentry
  7. Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. ~Khalil Gibran
  8. It’s the friends you can call up at 4.00 am that matter. ~Marlene Dietrich
  9. Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives. ~Alexander Dumas
  10. Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. ~Oprah Winfrey
  11. The language of friendship is not words but meanings. ~Henry David Thoreau
  12. I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar. ~Robert Breault
  13. Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. ~Samuel Butler
  14. A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. ~Elbert Hubbard
  15. Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust
  16. Quotes about friendshipFriends are the family you choose. ~Jess C. Scott
  17. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. ~Albert Camus
  18. Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. ~Socrates
  19. A friend who understands your tears is much more valuable than a lot of friends who only know your smile. ~Author Unknown
  20. Friendship is delicate as a glass, once broken it can be fixed but there will always be cracks. ~ WaqarWaqar Ahmed
  21. We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over. ~Ray Bradbury

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5 truly inspirational quotes

Truly Inspirational QuotesWe can all use a little inspiration occasionally, I’m sure you’ll agree dear reader. So here are what I beleive to be 5 truly inspirational quotes.

Truly Inspirational Quotes:

Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid. ~Bernard Meltzer

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ~Helen Keller

In a president, character is everything. A president doesn’t have to be brilliant. He doesn’t have to be clever; you can hire clever. You can hire pragmatic, and you can buy and bring in policy wonks. But you can’t buy courage and decency. You can’t rent a strong moral sense. A president must bring those things with him. He needs to have, in that much maligned word, but a good one nonetheless, a vision of the future he wishes to create. But a vision is worth little if a president doesn’t have the character – the courage and heart – to see it through.  ~Peggy Noonan

If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down. ~Mary Pickford

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them and every day begin the task anew. ~Saint Francis de Sales

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