Going on a trip with your family or friends to an exotic location requires hours of planning, navigating layers of bureaucracy and spending a fair amount of money in the process.
In return you get an experience of a lifetime and piles of photos to torture your future grandchildren with when they come and visit.
Getting a driving licence takes determination. It requires months of practice, passing both theoretical and practical tests, navigating layers of bureaucracy and spending a fair amount of money in the process.
In return you are allowed to drive yourself, family and friends around, in any car, at any speed, anywhere in the world for as long as you live.
Getting an proper education takes determination. It requires years of learning, passing tests, navigating layers of bureaucracy and spending a fair amount of money in the process.
In return you get to do the things you love, adding meaning to your life and creating new possibilities for you and your loved ones.
Getting the new iPhone on the other hand requires little determination. Just a swipe of your credit card.
In return you get a beautifully engineered device that is outdated and replaced by another, even more beautifully engineered device, long before the end of your contract period.
With very few exceptions, the greater effort you put into a venture, the greater the return. Something to have in the back of one's mind when swiping the credit card for the next, instant, satisfaction.
Thu 26 September 2013
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