Need Vs. “Nice To Have”

“The only things I care about in this goddamn life are me and my drums and you.” -Watts (as played by Mary Stuart Masterson) to Keith (as played by Eric Stoltz) in the film Some Kind Of Wonderful

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think — spend some time time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that’s a heck of a day.” -Jim Valvano

“Very little is needed to make a happy life.” -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Before allocating your precious time, money, energy and resources towards obtaining something, a great clarifying question to ask yourself is this:

“Do I absolutely need this or is it a “nice to have”?

(And it’s perfectly okay to go after a “nice to have.” Just make sure you first go for what you need.)

P.S. – This speech. (Full transcript included)

P.P.S. –This scene. “Duncan to the rescue!”

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