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Do You Live The Moment?


In a few days, it’s going to be my birthday. A birthday that is a little bit more important than the others as I’ll be turning 30. Thirty is a big number and it means a lot to me. Not because I’m afraid to age or that I feel older (mind you, I can now talk about what happened 25 years ago, that is scary 😉 ). 30 is an important number as it starts the countdown of my life, the M-35 countdown.


M-35 is the name of my online company [1]. What does M-35 stand for? It stands for millionaire at 35! By the end of this year, I should worth about $200K. Therefore, I need to multiply my net worth [2] by 5 if I want to reach that level. Why is it so important to become a millionaire? Because I want to live THE life. Because I want to experience everything that is cool in life. Last weekend, I had a glance at that life as my wife offered me the birthday present of a lifetime.


Escape to NYC for a weekend

When I got home on Thursday night, my wife was waiting for me with an envelope. In the envelope, there were 2 airplane tickets for NYC. We were leaving the next morning at 2am to make it to our hotel by 8am to spend 3 days in this beautiful city. This was my very first time in New York and I had the time of my life. I’m not going to tell you everything I did in New York, but I will tell you about my Saturday night dinner at Daniel [3], one of the best restaurants in New York the World.


More than a dinner, more than a restaurant; an experience to put on your bucket list

For those who don’t know about this place (I didn’t either before I sat down at the table!) Daniel is a very high class French restaurant in Manhattan. The food is incredibly good, the service is better than that offered to the Queen of England and…. My best friend (and partner!) was waiting for me inside with his wife to share the moment. They were coming back from their vacation and stopped in New York to dine with us. What a perfect evening!


I’m not going to lie to you, this place is crazy expensive. It exceeds any logical reason to pay such a high price to eat in a restaurant. You would probably tell me that it’s crazy and useless to pay so much just for food. And this is where you are wrong. As I mentioned, this is more than food on your plate; it’s an experience in and of itself.


Money does buy happiness

During our delicious meal, I was telling my partner about how great it would be to go there once a year and to be able to afford such a huge expense without having to plan for it in our budget. This requires being rich and financially independent. And this could probably only happen if we work hard for several years to grow our online company and to make it all happen.


The time we had in this restaurant last Saturday night cannot be described with words. The surprise to see my friend and his wife there, the high quality service we enjoyed (they even found a French waiter to explain the menu since my wife doesn’t speak English very often) and each time my fork was reached my mouth, I was eating a piece of pure happiness.


Last weekend, I had the time of my life, the birthday of my life and definitely by far, the dinner of my life. I will keep these unforgettable memories with me until my very last minute on earth. These emotionally charged moments couldn’t have been lived without money. And this quick vacation will definitely hit my next monthly net worth statement. However, there are no credit card bills that can convince me that it wasn’t a good idea.


Create an emotional rush to improve efficiency


I don’t know how you work in order to perform in your day-to-day life but I use a reward system. Each time I work very hard for something, I reward myself. It could be a golf game, a nice restaurant, a spa day, etc. Anything that I can enjoy that will give me energy to keep moving.


This weekend was like injecting the juice of 10,000 batteries into my brain. I was already fully charged from my vacation in Virginia Beach a week ago, now I’m like a volcano ready to explode! While we have spent a considerable amount of money during these 3 amazing weekend days, I know I just gave myself the gear to crush it until the end of the year and generate even more income!


Instead of cutting expenses on my budget, I prefer to find ways to increase my income. After living such a crazy life for 3 days, I just want to repeat this scenario many times moving forward. I just want to enjoy such moments and live THE life. And the only way to do it is to hustle and grow my own company.


Are you there yet? Are you ready to crush it?

I’d be curious to know if you share my point of view about money. Do you think it is important? Do you think you can live without having so much money and that you can live similar feelings? If you do, are you willing to crush it to make it? Where are you at in your world domination plans?

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5 Comments To "Do You Live The Moment?"

#1 Comment By Evan On September 7, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

You were in NYC and didn’t let me know! I would have gotten a few drinks on me…

#2 Comment By The Financial Blogger On September 7, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

it was a surprise! my wife told me about 10 hours before taking the plane! I’ve a tweet…

next time, I’ll know in advance and I’ll send you an email 😉

#3 Comment By MK On September 7, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

What were the other highlights of the NYC visit?
Going up the Empire State Building is an experience I wouldn’t miss on a first time trip.

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