Choosing one of these goals as your priority will produce more money than you would ever imagine.
Keanu Reeves seldom talks on the money. I scoured the web digging through several interviews and videos of him seeking to find a statement about money from him.
Why? For what? He has renownedly contributed all of his money to an unspecified Leukemia Foundation and to the cast and crew of movies in which he starred without keeping anything for himself to buy nice stuff or flaunt his wealth.
One of Hollywood’s most famous all-time actors isn’t focused on earnings. It has to be in that. There’s got to be a reason.
Finally after hours of analysis, found an interview with Keanu back in 2006, in which he shared his views on money:
“Money doesn’t mean anything to me at all. I’ve made a lot of money, but I want to enjoy life, and I don’t want to stress building my bank account.
I give away a lot and live simply, mostly out of a hotel suitcase. We all know that good health is more important than that”.
Money’s Adding Stress
“Building your bank account,” says Keanu, “is stressful”.
You have to constantly haggle to make money, to work on it, to maximize every opportunity, to be greedy at times, and to make your goal a dollar.
It’s all stressful. The more things you own, the more time and attention it needs. Having everything is having peace of mind, and it comes from having less. If you have nothing to worry about, you can use your talent to help others in the way that Keanu has done throughout his acting career.
When your financial wealth thrives, another area of your life will suffer
This is the very nature of life. When you do well in one area of your life, like your finances, another area is suffering. In a 2008 interview with Keanu by Lorraine Kelly, he said, “My private life is a boring disaster, but work is good.”
Even one of the most successful actors on the planet has a disaster area of his life. We all do that.
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Money’s a by-product
Jimmy Kimmel: “Your movies have made three and a half billion dollars…”
Keanu (abruptly cutting Jimmy off): “They’ve E-n-t-er-t-a-i-n-e-d.”
Your job is to be useful, and it’s done by teaching, entertaining, inspiring, informing, or simply making people laugh.
Choosing one of these goals as your focus will generate more money than you could ever expect. Focusing on money as the primary driver has the opposite effect.
Just let the money help you live
One of today’s curses is decision fatigue. There are so many choices that you can make, and each of them drains your energy. Money multiplies the number of decisions you need to make.
The solution is to automate your decisions, and you can be inspired by how Keanu did it.
He’s not doing social media.
He’s not attending the A-List Celebrity Party.
He doesn’t own a lot of houses.
Consciously, he chooses to ride the subway.
He chooses to have an adventure when his flight makes an emergency landing instead of ordering a limo and leaving passengers on their own.
Simplicity is overwhelmingly underrated when it comes to money. If you have money or you get money unexpectedly, just use it to live like Keanu.