0013 - How important is money?

The Unlearning Playground

06-05-2022 • 22 mins

Money is not everything but it is something.  While most of us agree on this basic statement, we still do not quite understand what is the right relationship to have with money.

How much money is too much money?
How much money is enough?
What is the right way to think about money?

These are some questions that remain perpetually unanswered for a lot of us, in the busy lives that we lead these days.

With the employee performance appraisal season right around the corner in the Indian economic cycle, money is definitely one of the hot topics flowing around. And there wouldn't be a shortage of questions and concerns that pop up in our minds about it.

Am I getting paid enough?
Should I switch jobs?
Will that promotion make it all worth it?
Should I look out to get a higher salary or benefits?

All of these are important questions. And there are better answers to them than "It depends." or "It's all relative".

We just need to open our eyes and see things the way they are, not the way we think they are. Let's spend some time doing just that.
Tune right in.

I'll see you in the playground.

(00:00)    Highlight
(00:42)    Why this topic?
(03:10)    A quote (and a lesson) from the 1800s
(05:58)    The modern predicament of discontentment
(11:43)    The need to wake up
(12:25)    Advice #1 - Externalisation
(13:38)    Advice #2 - Limits
(15:10)    Advice #3 - Comparisons
(16:51)    An extremely important unlearning
(17:42)    A short zen story
(19:35)    Closing


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Credits for the beautiful soundtracks:

"Dreamer" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
"Reaching Out" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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