Buy Experiences Not Things

Spending money is easy. So is cluttering your life. The discretions or indiscretions we have on what we let into our life can keep us from going after even bigger and more adventurous things.

I like to buy experiences rather than things. Going big on travel, glacier landings, wilderness backpacking, business client adventures, and thoughtful gift experiences to others builds memories and enhances me and the people I get to share experiences with at a profound level.

Most everything decays or loses appeal. We think about our past and future a lot and buying experiences makes those memories and the person we are becoming a great investment.

Furthermore, all the stuff we tend to accumulate has to be managed, cleaned and upkept. It’s a waste of energy, a distraction, that can suck life from us as well as inhibit us from taking off and doing things that would be fun. The stuff we accumulate has anchors physically and emotionally. Piece by piece, these material objects have more than their purchase cost in our lives. And why?

So, what if you started to prune something every day? What if you could live with less? The little liberations you experience can start to remove a bit of the haze you might be experiencing. You have less getting in your way.

It could be an interesting experiment to shop less and give more. Give yourself and others more experiences that enhance you and build into the fabric of who you become. It’s not something anyone can take away and you don’t have to tidy up your purchases every day. You get to enjoy the investment of experiences that shape you.

What thing can you get rid of? What experience can you buy?

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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