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The Materialistic Lie

“Stop chasing it!”


It promises you happiness.


But it’s all a BIG lie!


You see…


Material wealth doesn’t matter.
It won’t bring you happiness.


But it will…


Bring you stress.
The stress of wanting to earn more.
To own more.
To get more.


The new iphone.
The designer shoes.
The exclusive car.


Don’t believe me?


Then imagine this…


You wake up tomorrow morning and there has been an alien invasion overnight.


And what did the aliens do?


They removed all the people from the planet, except you.


So you are the only remaining human being.


Which means you are free to claim all the material wealth you like.


You can stroll casually into the Mercedes showroom and take your pick of which car you have.
You can move in to the luxury villa by the sea you always wished you had.
You can treat yourself for free to 7 new Rolex watches – one for each day of the week.


Would you be happy?


I think not.


And why not?


First of all, as there are no other people around, who can you show off your new wealth too?


There would be nobody to look at you with envy as you drive past in the new S Class.
Nobody to compliment you on your new $2000 shoes.
Nobody to admire your new penthouse apartment.


So imagine if you take away the human desire to compare and wish to have what others have from your life?
What would that give you?


Less pressure?


And then of course…


There’s the bigger human need for sharing.


What’s the point of the luxury villa, if you can’t share it with your family?
What good is the superyacht if your friends can’t enjoy it with you?
How much fun is eating Michelin starred food alone?


So you see…


Material things really don’t matter.
We just think they do.


What really matters is people.


Sharing brings moments of joy.
Caring brings fulfilment.
Love leads to happiness.



I’m off to be embrace the special moments I have with those I care about.


How about you?


To your happiness and fulfillment.





Steve Neale
“Europe’s Leading Expert on Personal and Professional Growth”


Psychologist, Executive Coach, EI Practitioner, Award Winning Trainer, International Author, Psychodynamic Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness Instructor, International Speaker, Creator of the LPS, Creator of the Accredited Masters in High Performance Leadership

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