“If I had a million dollars”

I was recently asked what I would do if I were handed a check and could retire today.

I would spend my time with my family and friends, go on trips, read and write, go skiing, cook dinner, work on Pivot Adventure, solving the problem of teen suicide and perhaps start another nonprofit.

The thing is, I do all those activities already. Sure if I had a few million dollars I might do them more. It was a reminder that you don’t need to be rich to do the things you love. We just think we do.

Obviously, this doesn’t work for everyone. Not everybody comes from a place with this much opportunity. At the same time, there are plenty of studies that show that our level of happiness declines once we hit a certain number.

You cannot price what fills your soul.