I loved this on wealth from Stewart Butterfield, who co-founded Slack as well as Flickr, two of the sites I use often in my #bloglyfe. He was on How I Built This with Guy Raz, and he talked about three levels of having money.
I really feel like there’s kind of – there’s three levels of wealth in the world. The first level is, I’m not stressed out about debt. Like, people who no longer worry about their credit card bills or their student loans. That’s, like, level one of wealth.
Level two is, I don’t care what stuff costs in restaurants. You know, you’re like, I really want this thing, but it’s $18. But the other thing’s $12. So I’ll get the $12 one. There’s a level where – like, suddenly it doesn’t really matter which – how much you spend on a particular meal.
And then the ultimate level of wealth is, I don’t care what vacation costs. Like, I don’t care how expensive the hotel is or which flight we go on. Beyond that, I really don’t think it makes any difference.
This makes sense in my head. I don’t know that these levels are worth pursuing — especially the last two — but I think what he’s saying is probably correct.
This is astoundingly good.
One of the battles I find myself waging — and presume most writers who are Christians wage — is pushing back against the desire and pull of being online famous. I think there is a craving within us all to receive adulation from as many people as possible, and the easiest path to that is writing funny, compelling stuff on the internet.
But Piper recently had an interesting twist on this war.
But let’s end where we began. Yes, it is a sin to want to be famous. However, it may not be a sin to want to be influential. In fact, it may be a sin not to want to be influential. We should want to win more and more people to Christ. It is a sin not to want our lives to count for winning more and more people to Christ. [DG]
It’s just as easy to go the other way and become an online hermit, rejecting every opportunity for establishing yourself as a writer. Both extremes are easy. The difficult path, per the usual, is sidling up and riding that through line of popularity because you’re good at something and humility because you’re to always point to Jesus.
“These inward trials I employ,
“From self and pride to set thee free;
“And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
“That thou mayst seek thy all in me.”
Olney Hymns (via Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering)
The toddler strategy. [Godin]
The perfect man. This is so good. [Oxford American]
Instagram’s new logo is a travesty? I kinda like it. [Adweek]
Why people pay to read the New York Times. [Medium]
Amazon is trying to take on YouTube when it comes to making your own videos. [Next Web]
The problem with everyone building platforms. [Medium]
The power of buying less by buying better. [The Atlantic]
Small changes in your digital routine can make you smarter. [QZ]
Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me. [NYT]
The end of doing business as we know it. [Ben Arment]
Somebody went back to Manitowoc to see what they were up to after MaM. [NYT]
How to raise a creative child. [NYT]
Why I taught myself to procrastinate. [NYT]
Why I stopped using a dishwasher. [Becoming Minimalist]
The cost of convenience. [Becoming Minimalist]
Can we learn something from Job’s friends? [DG]
Simmons pod. [BS]