Closer over More

Dan Nicholson

Humans have a biological tendency to seek 'more,' a behavior explained by neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman. He points out that dopamine is the "molecule of more" that encourages this pursuit, which is a natural part of human psychology.

However, this drive for 'more' means that for every commitment we make, we ignore other opportunities that matter most to our lives. This is the essence of the 'more mentality' that is prevalent in society, which can lead to a sense of never being satisfied.

The concept of 'closer over more' offers an alternative approach. It suggests that what people often seek through more money might actually be found in other aspects of life such as better relationships or more time to enjoy life's experiences.

Time is a critical resource that allows us to build relationships, pursue interests, and relax. The chase for 'more' can reduce the amount of time available, potentially leading to a life rich in material but poor in time.

The focus then shifts to questioning whether it's more money we need, or something else like more meaningful experiences. Instead of accumulating possessions, the goal becomes creating memories. Instead of seeking social media approval, the aim is to foster real connections.

By aiming to get 'closer' to our true needs and what gives our life meaning, we can redefine what success looks like. This approach involves making choices that align with our values and finding satisfaction in the quality of our experiences.

In life, the risk is not just in death but in failing to live a life that is true to ourselves. Not living fully or in a way that allows us to appreciate life's moments is a potential risk.

While the pursuit of 'more' is part of human nature, it doesn't have to define us. Aiming for 'closer' can lead to a more meaningful existence, one that is lived intentionally and with purpose. The goal is to focus on what is truly important for a fulfilling life.

Dan Nicholson is the author of “Rigging the Game: How to Achieve Financial Certainty, Navigate Risk and Make Money on Your Own Terms,” deemed a best-seller by USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to founding the award-winning accounting and financial consulting firm Nth Degree CPAs, Dan has created and run multiple small businesses, including Certainty U and the Certified Certainty Advisor program.

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