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The Rubinshteinic Way to Fortune

Updated: Mar 11

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The most cost-efficient way you can use to improve your financial situation is by "eating the cake and leaving it whole."

In other words, by finding satisfaction and good wellbeing in the cheapest ways possible, you can literally save yourself a fortune by adopting a lifestyle that is more willing to be less-than-full, a.k.a. less than what the normative hedonistic world dictates we live by.

In order to do so, you ought to find cheaper replacements while trying to get the same rewarding satisfaction as if you hadn't done the first at all.

A very good example is video games. While there are plenty of expensive, grandiose games out there that cost a lot, there are also plenty of games you can enjoy for free, and still have a good, entertaining time.

A good portion of the games I played in my life were literally free, and I still managed to enjoy them as much as if I had played more expensive ones. So can you, if you are willing enough to open your mind to alternatives and dedicate some time to finding them online. Such a method, of course, requires a good deal of maturity to settle down for things you otherwise would not even consider having, which means you ought to give up, on making one purchase at a time. The more purchases you give up on in the name of "lesser" alternatives, the bigger your potential fortune would become.

The problem that arrives with this method is that it is usually preached against from many sources, from friends to corporations that are hungry for more and more of your money that otherwise would build the growth of your potential fortune.

Hence the fault of contemporary hedonism -- it makes a lot of us less wealthy than we would otherwise be, by installing in our mind's fears such as the one from boredom and the one from missing out.

What such philosophy does not tell you, is the fact that abstaining from having a less "colorful" life can actually keep you from becoming wealthier. Hence the faulty bias of consumerist hedonism; whose side remains untold by the financial-materialist narrative.

I was able to create a good amount of wealth by not giving in too much to purchases I do not need to be a satisfied individual.

I refused to publicly sell my books due to the power of the internet, dedicate time to find free games that I don't need to pay in order to win, and eat and drink only when I'm either hungry, thirsty or tired (coffee).

You can do so too by following the main premise of this article -- achieve the same result by cheaper means or eat the same cake and leave it whole (or a bit less of it than much of it). A healthy lifestyle can also lead you to better financially -- try to avoid any kind of addiction that damages both your health and your bank account.

Candy, smoking consumables, dessert -- all are practically unnecessary when you can still enjoy eating and drinking in a healthier manner.

When it comes to physical exercise, working out with whatever you already own, such as water bottles and even your own body, you can practically become both stronger and fitter without having to pay a subscription to your local gym. I will finish this article with a quote of my own: "Strive to buy not only what is cheaper, but also consume what free of charge." There are so many "freebies" in our world, most especially on the internet, that with enough dedication to their consumption and searching for more of them, our free time can by itself be as payment-required as possible.

Why do you think Philosocom is largely free? It's largely free because I've been living relatively-ascetically for most of my life. It is the tradition I learned from some of my Polish ancestors.

The thing is, I don't even earn much, and never have. I either earned below the minimum wage or slightly above it. I pay my bills and everything else that is expected of someone who lives in a rented apartment.

When I used to live in the same apartment as my mother, I financially supported her, as that was her own request at the time. I do not exactly want to be a freeloader.

I've only been abroad once. I had enough in terms of experience. I see no need in traveling again for that function.

Follow the path of our ancestors, and learn from their wisdom, from when they were children. The cheap wooden toys, the time spent outside under the sun, the books from the library, the scent of the flowers -- much fortune awaits to be attained with enough determination, fortitude, and mature compromising.

Please, do not expect to become a millionaire out of this reasoning. It is effective nonetheless, at least for me. Hence, I don't mind sharing it with anyone who happens to read this.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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