It Needs To Be Quality...
There's an old saying.
How you do anything is how you do everything.
Now, this may not seem like something that profound, but once you understand the implications of it, you start to see the typical trends in your life and those around you.
For instance, if someone buys 1-ply toilet paper, they probably skimp on most small goods.
In their mind, they may think that they are "saving" money, but in reality, they aren't.
They probably are cheap with most purchases.
And it builds up until they are cheap with just about everything because think "well, I'm just getting X."
On the other hand, the person who makes a point of buying excellent toilet paper probably operates differently.
They don't look for the cheap item; they search for the best.
Fundamentally, in people, I look for how they operate and toilet paper is a great way to figure it out. The same goes for tissues, laundry detergent and all the subconscious purchases we don't cognitively put energy into.
Which leads to this fundamental.
Quality > Quantity
What Quality > Quantity Means
Let's think about it for a second.
Often we are faced with a choice of having more of something or a better something.
These are defining the moment of our psyche.
Because they build a foundation of insight into whether we want more or better, and that becomes classified in our minds.
We can see it in bulk bargain shoppers, people who buy more than they should of everything because "it was on sale" and those who save up for only the best.
Anyone who truly wants a heightened life should always aim for Quality, not quantity.
Well for a few reasons.
Let's play devil's advocated for a second.
"More stuff is better. As you make more money, you can buy more and more, and then ultimately you can do with it what you want. Quantity is king because it means you will never be in lack."
This is a typical thought process.
But its wrong, entirely.
Humans should aim for enough, and from there just upgrade the quality of what they have.
Let's relate this using hunger.
At a certain point, you are full, meaning that you don't want any more food. So you reason that you could get either more food or better quality food.
With more food, you can eat more, but only until a certain point.
Instead, the better food gives you enough, higher quality content and even provides you with nutrients that will make you feel better.
Which one do you choose?
That is the point that I am trying to make.
Delayed Gratification and Quality as A Skill
You may be thinking.
There is no way that quality is a skill.
Although, on the contrary, it is an insanely powerful high leverage skill.
Not only does quality allow you to taste and experience more of life, but quality kicks you in the pants when you are procrastinating an ensures that everything you do is always your best work.
When you practice quality, you upgrade your life.
In your work, in your relationships, in your health, and in your shopping quality will be evident.
That is why it is the second principle.
Because if you don't understand that quality is one of your best friends on this journey to a heightened lifestyle than you could be shooting for the wrong thing.
Don't take up to much space, don't suck the soul out of people, go for quality and get exactly as much as you need.
Now let's head to Fundamental#3: Invest in Yourself