Champagne Wishes and Caviar Dreams

“I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: ‘try being rich first.’ See if that doesn’t cover most of it. There’s not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. But when you become famous, you end up with a 24-hour job…”

-Bill Murray quoted in Tim Ferris, “11 Reasons Not to Become Famous (or “A Few Lessons Learned Since 2007”)“. February 2, 2020.

Lest you think suddenly becoming rich is going to “cover most of it”, try reading this Reddit chestnut, “You just won a 656 Million Dollar Lottery. What do you do now?” Still want to be rich?

The same applies to power. People tend to be preoccupied with attaining fame, riches or power. All of them are soul destroying if you achieve them in any significant measure.

What Really Happens When You Become an Overnight Millionaire?

“‘With some people an event like this would change them,’ says Shah, his Chicago friend. ‘And suddenly Peter’s life has changed — he went through a divorce, in every way Peter’s life has changed — but I feel like he is what he is.’”

—Stephanie Clifford, “What Really Happens When You Become an Overnight Millionaire? September 30, 2019.

The answer, apparently, is you start making bad life decisions because having heaps of money distorts your reality. Obligatory link to Reddit post on why winning the lottery is one of the most unfortunate things that can happen to you.