The 7 Ways I Remind Myself That Fulfillment is Created, Not Purchased

The idea that “more is better” is a powerful illusion. Here’s how I’m breaking the cycle within myself.

Sajjad Choudhury
Jan 27 · 8 min read
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1. We Adapt to What We Have

I went from not caring about money to hoarding it.

How I’m breaking the cycle:

2. Our Habits Change as We Gain More

I had to experience it for myself.

How I’m breaking the cycle:

If I was forced to to take a 50% pay cut today, what lifestyle changes would I need to make?

3. Humans Are Competitive by Nature

How I’m breaking the cycle:

“Don’t envy what people have, emulate what they did to have it.”— Tim Fargo

4. We’re Surrounded by Comparisons

How I’m breaking the cycle:

5. We Want to Be the Best

How I’m breaking the cycle:

“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.” — Dalai Lama XIV

6. We’re Drawn by Success

How I’m breaking the cycle:

7. We Want to Please Others

“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

How I’m breaking the cycle:

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Sajjad Choudhury

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Product Operations Manager @ Onfido | Writer on Productivity, Personal Development and Tech

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Sajjad Choudhury

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Product Operations Manager @ Onfido | Writer on Productivity, Personal Development and Tech

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A community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness & fulfillment. Join thousands of others making the climb on Medium.

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