Category: Defining Wealth

The median is not the message

One of my best friends was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Among other things (including reevaluating my own life and my values and priorities), this prompted me to re-visit an article by Stephen Jay...


Love people, not money

If money is your focus in life, I recommend reassessing your relationship with money. It’s is important, but only in an instrumental sense – to help you live in line with your values and priorities. And if you want to be happy and have a meaningful life, I recommend prioritising your relationships with other people.

Wanting and liking: never forget the difference

There’s a difference between wanting something and liking something. In the modern world there are brilliant, hugely incentivised people trying to make us want things we won’t necessarily like. More than ever, we need to keep the distinction between wanting and liking in mind. 

Group all of your assets into three categories: investments, home, and stuff

In this article, I propose a powerful exercise. Group all of your assets into three categories: “investments” (assets that generate an income for you), “home” (assets that provide you with accommodation), and “stuff” (everything else). What is the current composition? What composition do you want as you head towards retirement? 

Money is not the measure (risk edition)

While I’m talking about money not being the measure… It’s worth bringing attention to a thought-provoking article by Cathy O’Neil titled “The basic unit is risk“. O’Neil shares a “pet theory”, arguing that: speaking...

Diversifying your happiness

Dan Buettner, in interview with James Hamblin for The Atlantic: [think] about happiness in the same way you think of your retirement portfolio. You want it balanced—the short term and long term, stocks and...