Updated: February 18, 2020
If you were to choose, what should be your priority – buy a house, get a car, start a business, or build your stock investments?
This was the concern of a young woman, who posted this question on a Facebook group a few days ago.
When I saw this on my timeline, I decided to check how other members of the group answered, and I was glad to read that most of the advise were smart and practical.
Some said that building an emergency fund should be the first priority; others suggested getting protection through life and health insurance is a must.
Meanwhile, a few shared that learning about money management should come first. A few said that acquiring financial discipline should be her priority because these will help her get all those other stuff she wants.
Since a lot of the replies were already helpful, I chose to give a different and unconventional point of view on the matter.
I answered that her priority should be achieving self-fulfillment, finding her purpose, and pursuing happiness.
Because a house, a car, a business, and even stock investments are but tools or stepping stones that will help her to attain the things that really matter.
For example, if she finds happiness and fulfillment in traveling, then giving priority towards buying a house won’t really help her achieve that.
Instead, she should learn to save and invest so she can grow a travel fund.
And with that realization, then perhaps getting a car should be her priority. Simply because it’s a logical purchase that will allow her to travel more.
Alternatively, let’s say that her passion is cooking, then maybe putting up a restaurant business should be her priority.
And if so, I boldly advise that she forget about the house and the car. She can just focus all her efforts towards starting and building that business.
You are your life’s architect
Too often, we let others define who we should be.
We let our family, friends and society dictate how we should live our life.
And in this process of trying to meet the expectations of other people, we slowly lose ourselves and forget about that unique and extraordinary person within.
So ask yourself the hard questions.
What gives you self-fulfillment? What do you believe is your purpose? What makes you truly happy?
When you’ve answered these questions, then your priorities in life will achieve clarity.