For the subsequent three and a half years, I, the founder of BoM, has been living in one of the most affluent areas in the ENTIRE world with more millionaires living in the vicinity than anywhere else. Having graduated with high hopes of maybe making it as a successful architect myself until the economic recession of 2008 had other ideas.
Living in this location may well have rubbed salt into the wound for many in my particular circumstance, having less than the majority of the people I now lived close to in order to earn a living but something occurred to me that may be something many people don’t realise… we don’t really need material objects to feel valuable or have high self-worth.
Living so close to affluent people has made me realise my main goal of valuing myself and my perceived success and worth through money, materialism, possessions and my working position may be an inadvertent false sense of wealth and instead there is something I (and others) can choose to weigh success by and it is much more difficult to achieve a high level of it than traditional economic and material success.
Read on if you want to know what it is and if you want to, how you can also start practising this new measure of human ‘success’.