You pay for your assets twice. Once in cold cash, and again in the limitations they place on your ability to make decisions to change your life.
We are all conditioned to believed that the game of life is won by the person who has the most assets when they finally bite the dust. “He Who Dies With The Most Toys Wins” – you’ve seen the bumper sticker, but nothing could be further from the truth. I find assets are a burden to life. The more assets I have, the more time I spend worrying about losing them, and the less time I spend having fun with my life – doing what I really want to do.
I’m not advocating taking a vow of poverty – I’m just saying be careful about accumulating too many assets or getting trapped in the “gimme more” mind set. You don’t want to find yourself working just to add new toys to the playground – most of the time, you’d be too busy to enjoy those toys, anyway. If you can’t afford to lose those material things, don’t bother accumulating them in the first place.