How Much Does A Great Life Cost?

One of the most thought provoking pieces of advice I received came in the form of this question: “How much money do you really need to live a great life?”

The answer? Ultimately, it’s not about the money!

Many people have trouble understanding this and are consumed by making money to improve their standard of living, often feeling that money solves their problems. Of course money helps if you have bills to pay but it won’t necessarily make you happy. While financial worries can cause numerous problems, money isn’t the answer to living a successful life.

Consider this. I have seen orphans in Southeast Asia with nothing but their happiness to hold onto. Despite having no money, they were not concerned about material wealth and everywhere I looked I saw happy smiling faces.

Once our basic needs are met, what’s next? Does a pop star in LA really need a $7000 pair of denim jeans with gold stitching or could that pay for clean water in a village? It feels much better to know you have helped someone else less fortunate than yourself.

Here are ten simple points that I use as a guide to remind me that often its simple actions that can make the difference:

  1. Endeavour to create win-win situations, if all parties are happy then there will be no animosity going forward.
  2. Don’t be consumed by greed or material wealth or a win-at-all costs attitude.
  3. Build a TEAM. You cannot do it alone, no matter how good you think you are. Together Everyone Achieves More.
  4. Be thankful for what you have every day and appreciate the things people do for you. In times of need it will be those people that will support you.
  5. You don’t have to have ‘made it’ to do a good deed or support a charity….Continue reading at

Andrew Steel is a social entrepreneur working in the renewable energy and forestry sectors.

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Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

sandra j.
sandra j5 years ago

depends what your definition of GREAT is really..

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M5 years ago

We do need money to maintain a respectable and healthy life. We all need to have a roof over our heads, food and a source of income. But- society has become so materialistic that many need wealth and status to validate themselves, whether or not they can afford it.Others live beyond their means to support a lavish lifestyle, does not matter that it is all on credit. There is a time for good times and parties and dressing up and showing off- but this should not be a lifestyle. For there is a price to pay- inner peace, restless nights worrying about the piling debt load. And who is to blame?

Arthur Goh
Arthur Goh5 years ago

It's a million dollar question for some, a billion for others, a trillion for very the few and perhaps infinity for the filthy few. But without the blessings of a great health, none will ever lead a great life.

Carole H.
Carole H5 years ago

I do wish people would not keep referring us to other sites - either do a full article or nothing please - if we like the article we can then choose if we want to see more on their site.

Emma Rose
Emma Rose5 years ago

How Much Does A Great Life Cost? IT depend on what you want in wants a bicycle the other a porsche!

Angela J.
Angela B5 years ago

I've had a great life and I've never had the money to fund an "expensive" lifestyle. As long as I have my family around, I really don't need much else.

Judy Apelis
Judy A5 years ago

Thank you!

Ela V.
Ela V5 years ago


sandra j.
sandra j5 years ago

It great a life you want