Contributed by Victoria James
What would you do with the massive windfall from your imaginary startup sale?
Buy a luxury yacht? Acquire the Empire State Building? Grab a ticket on SpaceX’s maiden voyage into outer space? The possibilities are obviously endless.
A recent article by Graham Hill, a seasoned tech entrepreneur and founder of TreeHugger.com, titled, “Living With Less. A Lot Less.” provides a rare peek into the life of a young, tech-savvy dude, flush with cash after the sale his startup. Sound familiar? It should. There are probably hundreds of people like Hill mulling aimlessly around San Fran and New York right now; people who suddenly amass tech fortunes and are unsure of what to do with all that cheddah. Let Hill’s sagely wisdom serve as a guide to all you nouveau-riche and the rest of us. In short, less is more.
Like many people who come into a lot of money quickly, Hill describes how he felt compelled to outfit his new socio-economic status with lots of new stuff; a new car, the latest gadgets, a four-story house in a trendy hood in Seattle, a giant loft in SoHo and…a personal shopper named Seven (maybe Amazon didn’t exist back then).
Taking a page from Biggie’s book, may he rest in peace, Hill conveys that his new consumer crazy lifestyle only came with more money and more problems. Hill laments, “the things I consumed ended up consuming me,” and describes how he felt endlessly stressed about taking care of all his new crap. Whether mowing the giant lawn, insuring the fancy car, decorating the new pad or keeping Seven “busy”, Hill argues that his materialistic life was exhausting and unnecessarily complicated.
In a rom com-esque twist, it took an exotic beauty named Olga, true love and many trips around the world for Hill to finally see the light and renounce his consumerist ways. Gone are the palatial digs, the superfluous décor and the personal shopper- not to mention a colossal carbon footprint. Hill now inhabits a 420-square-foot studio, fully equipped with a Murphy bed, extendible dining room table and peace of mind.
In true do-gooder fashion, Hill shares what many of us at The Trip Tribe have known for a while: “the best stuff in life isn’t stuff at all, and that relationships, experiences and meaningful work are the staples of a happy life.”
We’re glad to see Hill trying to spread the word about the benefits of an adventure-laden lifestyle and hope that more people catch on to this truly transcendental philosophy.
You can access Hill’s article here.