What is never worth it in life

This comes from a question I was asked – What are 20 things that are not worth it. I remembered something Warren Buffet said. When it comes to setting goals and direction in your life, he says this:

  1. Make a list of the twenty things you want to achieve.
  2. Circle the main three.
  3. Throw the rest away.

I did the same for this answer. When we get bogged in too many things, we lose direction. We can only do a few things well. So what are the twenty things never worth it in life? I’ll start with the most important one. 

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Do you see that rug?

It took an entire family 14 months to craft the exquisite piece. With great pride, they displayed it at the forefront of their little store.

But not for long.

A tourist had a proposal. He offered to buy this rug with German currency. The family promptly agreed, and that was that.

Many months later, he began telling his story to an old friend who was wondering where he got the beautiful rug.

He explained how he used pre-world war II German bills. A simple trick to get the beautiful rug for pennies on the dollar. The family who sold this rug didn’t know inflation rendered the currency worthless.

His friend was shocked at hearing this, explaining that such a beautiful rug can take over a year to make.

Every time he looks at that rug, his stomach turns. The beauty is no longer there.

What’s not worth it?

Getting what you want at the expense of others.

This story was adapted from a paragraph in Getting to yes – by Roger Fisher and William Ury.

Published in Psychology, Philosophy, Relationships, Stories
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