When I was in Ecuador last year, Mr. Money Mustache came up to me and said he was pissed off.
Someone had been asking him questions about FI but when the discussion started getting into the numbers, the person said that they’d just save those questions for me.
MMM jokingly asked me if that means he’s lost his edge? Has writing about happiness and more “touchy-feely” topics resulted in him not being viewed as a financial mastermind anymore?
Obviously he was just messing around and wasn’t really concerned but this topic actually came back up a few days later.
After I finished my presentation to the group, Mr. Money Mustache raised his hand and said, “Fientist, it seems you too are turning soft in your old age. Do you not care about money or numbers much these days either?”
Turns out, my presentation had nothing to do with numbers. No graphs. No math. Nothing even close.
I laughed and said, “Yes, it’s weird but I don’t think about numbers much at all now and I’m starting to realize that money is the least-interesting and least-important aspect of this whole journey.”
I’ve built my whole blogging career on numbers so it’s been an unexpected turn of events, to say the least!
After the presentation, I was chatting with some of the other attendees and I said I wondered why I had stopped focusing as much on money. Thankfully, one of the attendees offered a perfect explanation for it – Maslow’s hierarchy.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs shows what motivate humans, the relative importance of each need, and the order in which each need is fulfilled.
At the bottom of the pyramid, the first human needs that have to be met are those necessary for human survival (e.g. water, food,