Being RICH vs POOR…? (Animated) The Truth About Being Successful…

– Hey there, my name is
Sarah, I am 28 years old. I live in New Zealand and yes,
I am a self-made millionaire. And trust me, being rich
has some pretty sweet perks. I get to fly business
class and first class around the world, I can
drive any car that I want. And this my seem small, but when you notice it you
know that you’re truly wealthy. If I go to a restaurant, I don’t even look at the
prices on the menu anymore, I just order anything that I want. It’s crazy and time and time again I’ve had people say to
me, I wanna be like you, I want to have your life, I
want to be successful too. Because to most people
this is what success is. But a recent video I
saw on another channel, Mitch Manly, made me reflect on this. You see, I have a good friend, Zack, who has lived a very different life to me. I’m gonna tell you the
stories of both of our lives and I want you to leave
a comment and tell me who do you think has truly
been the most successful? So this is my story. Growing up I had a very happy childhood. My parents worked hard
and they invested heavily into my sister and I’s education. You see, they paid for us to go to a private elementary
school when we were kids and that was pretty significant because while we were upper middle-class our yearly fees cost over
ten thousand dollars each. And so my parents had to
make a lot of sacrifices to afford that for my sister and me. One of those sacrifices was time. School ended at three
thirty but my sister and I would usually wait one to two hours each and every day to get picked up. I remember sitting by the pickup zone watching all the kids
disappear into cars one by one, usually being the last to leave. I knew my parents loved me but as a child I barely knew who my dad was because I really only
saw him on Saturdays, as he would work so late into the evenings throughout the rest of the week. School was a mixed bag, our
education was second to none, I was the top of my class
and won lots of prizes. (clapping) It gave me an incredible work ethic and drive for achievement. Our school slogan was
I can, I ought, I will. Making friends though was tough because while by most people’s standards my family was doing great,
some of the richest families in New Zealand went to my school. And these rich kids would
go around, asking questions like so Sarah, what car
do your parents drive? Uh, a Honda, I’d reply. Oh, that’s not very good, they’d say, my parents drive a Porsche. Because I was just a
kid I didn’t understand why a Porsche was supposedly
better than our Honda but I did figure out very quickly that it meant my family
had less money and status than theirs, and I felt like an outsider. For high school I went to a public school, and I remember in my final
year I was taking economics, and would you believe was
the top of my class for it. One day I was chatting to my teacher and said to him, I want to
become a successful entrepreneur and be a millionaire by the time I’m 30. Then I paused, I was just 18 at the time and the age of 30 was
more than 10 years away, that felt like forever. Actually no, I said to
him, that’s way too long. I’m gonna become a
millionaire within ten years, when I’m 28. My economics teacher just smiled. Sure Sarah, he said, why
not, and walked away. Lots of kids say things
like that but I meant it. In the back of my head I had
a constant ticking time watch counting down until age 28. And so while most of my
friends left high school and went on to graduate with degrees, I focused on building businesses. I built an online store that sold video game hacking accessories, I started an E-commerce
and STO consulting agency, and of course, I started
this YouTube channel. And it worked, by the age of
27 I had achieved my dream. I was a millionaire one year
earlier than I had planned and on the surface it was awesome. I had a super cool apartment
with fancy furniture, I could drive any car I wanted and I was flying around
the world in business class and even first class. I even took my parents
on an all-expenses paid dream vacation to Israel. And as I was doing this,
thousands of dollars poured into my bank
account each and every day. I had made it, I was, as most people would tell me, successful. But the success, it came at a price. Instead of dialing back my
workload and enjoying my life, my mindset I had developed
was obsessed with growth. I wanted more and more,
and as I’ve shared openly on this channel, I
became addicted to work. All I thought about was
sales and traffic numbers, and because I couldn’t
relax, I developed insomnia. I couldn’t sleep for longer
than one hour at a time, and when I did, my dreams
were filled with nightmares. And sure, I was traveling
around the world, but because of my obsession with work, I found it hard to justify vacations. And so usually, I was
traveling for business and that travel consumed
even more of my life. My friends would text me, Sarah, I haven’t seen you
in a month, where are you? As I discovered, dreams
really can come true. You can become a successful entrepreneur and live a luxurious
lifestyle, no matter your age, but that hustle comes at a price. So that’s my story, now let’s
compare it to my friend Zack. I grew up in the city but
he grew up in the country. His family owned over
a hundred acres of land and had more than 200 sheep and 100 cows. Even though it was basically a small farm, his parents still worked day jobs. His father was an
environmentalist scientist and his mother ran a bookstore. To keep the farm running everyone had to work on
it in their spare time. While kids like me got to
spend our weekends playing and having fun, Zack spent
it shepherding sheep. Quite likely because of his mother, Zack developed a love for
reading, especially fiction. He wanted to go on adventures just like the characters
in his stories did. And so he would go out, exploring nature and camping with his best friend. While outdoors he decided he wanted to document his adventures,
and started taking photos, which sparked a new passion
for Zack, photography. Despite being very busy, Zack seemed to live a pretty great life but at the age of 17 everything changed. His best friend died tragically in an unexpected plane crash. This deeply impacted Zack
and he was heartbroken. Zack was a very smart kid
and he had been convinced to go to college and study engineering, and he did very well with it. And everyone told him
that he was on the pathway to a successful career and life. But each day that he turned up to class he felt empty inside. As he sat at his graduation ceremony, clutching his diploma, he was torn. This was it, he had made it,
but he knew he wasn’t happy, engineering wasn’t his passion. Life was short and he
didn’t want to spend it in a job he didn’t enjoy. And so despite his parent’s disapproval, he framed his diploma, hung
it up on his bedroom wall and never touched it again. He then picked up his camera and started taking photos
and he never stopped. Zack first started with
taking portraits for people. He then moved on to taking
photos for weddings. As his fledgling business
grew, Zack struggled for money, he lived gig to gig, he
drove a $500 beater of a car, praying that it would not
break down week-to-week. Because he was so strapped for cash, he forgot to set aside money
for taxes and spent it instead. When tax time came around he
realized what he had done. He had to take out a loan which put him back even
further financially. But, you know what, despite
this Zack was happy, very happy. His college friends who all
went on to become engineers would post pictures of
their lives and cars. They would also complain bitterly to him about their long commutes
and jobs they didn’t enjoy. While they were stuck at
the corporate rat race, Zack was waking up each day doing something he was passionate about. And some days Zack didn’t even work, he chose to work around 20 hours a week. Yes, he was just getting by, but it gave him lots of
free time to spend doing two other things he loved,
reading and camping. Eventually Zack’s work became noticed. Now he mostly does event
photography for business retreats which pays much better than weddings. Even so, Zack is still in the lower middle-class income bracket. He lives with two other roommates, he drives a modest 1999 Toyota Corolla, and while he can go on vacation, he has to diligently save up for it. And of course there is no way
he’s flying business class. But he still works part-time and still does lots of
camping and reading. Alright, so now you’ve heard
both of our life stories. So let me ask you the question again. Who do you think has lived
the most successful life? Now before you let me know
in the comments section I want to tell you who I think
has been the most successful because it might surprise you. Growing up my parents paid a
lot of money for my education and they made a lot of sacrifices for it. I felt indebted to them and wanted to make the most of
the opportunity they gave me. All the kids at school
seemed to define success and popularity with dollars
and so I did as well. Thus I came to define wealth and financial freedom as success. But Zack was different. At a young age he
tragically came face-to-face with the fact that life is short. And so to him, success became defined as living a passion filled
life with plenty of free time to camp and read, even if it does sometimes mean living
paycheck-to-paycheck. If given the choice, I would
never swap my life for Zack’s, but he wouldn’t swap his
life for mine either. Both of us have entirely
different worldviews and definitions of success. Now usually, when we meet someone who has a different view
on what success means, we get defensive, we dig in. No, success isn’t being able to go camping whenever you want, it’s financial freedom. You’re wrong and I’m right. If you’ve ever felt that
way, that is very normal. Scientific studies have
shown that our brains have an inbuilt fear of
others viewing us as losers. We want people to see us as winners. And so when I met Zack, by his standards, I wasn’t winning at life and
by my standards neither was he. And so, when we met, we
should of been intimidated by the other and
instinctively disregarded them and never become friends. But thankfully, we did. Fast-forward a year and
with Zack’s nudging, I owned up to my addiction
and made real changes. I stop work each day by 6 p.m, I take at least one day off a week, I don’t look at my
numbers and traffic stats every minute of the day and
I take regular vacations. And because of this my stress
levels have gone way down. And while I’m not the best
sleeper, I’m pretty good. My life has become much, much better. And thanks to nudging from me, Zack now makes sure to set
aside money for a rainy day so he doesn’t have to
rely on a credit card. Plus he is now saving his his retirement, and thank goodness, he now
sets aside his tax money and doesn’t spend it. Now when tax time hits
he’s way less stressed. His life has become
better, much, much better. So while I would never
swap my life for Zack’s and he would never swap his life for mine, both of us have been able to
learn a lot from each other. So who has had the more successful life? In my opinion, neither. Traditionally money and financial freedom is associated with success
and that’s what social media, including YouTube, tells us. But that’s just one perspective. Focus on what success means to you, not what success means
within general society. Not what success means to your parents. Focus on achieving what
success means for you.

About the author


  1. I built my business motivated by money.
    Zack built his business motivated by spare time & relaxation.
    Why do YOU want to build a business?

  2. To be successful you have to give up scarifise something in your life to achieve it time is limited in our life to get it

  3. I have a life that is somewhere between yours and your friends, I live on a sailboat, live a dream, but I also work like crazy.

    I was a truck driver, knew I didn't want to do it forever so at night in the semi I taught myself computer programming and now I am working on building my own startup while floating around on my boat, and doing so allows me to live modestly so I can afford to chase my dream.

    I have been enjoying your videos, if you get a chance I would love to see more on doing landing pages, and about building site traffic. That is the area I am trying to learn the most about as my site that I am building is a service, we don't sell physical products.

  4. meh, to each there own. if a garbage man enjoys being a garbage man why would it matter if I thought he was successful are not. Im not a Buddhist but one PBS special later (before the time of Wikipedia) and now I know the last Buddhas struggle to find balance between the life of excess he was born into and the ascetics path of extreme minimalism. maybe happiness lies somewhere between.

    No royal blood but I play the kings game (Empire Building) as a pragmatist cause what else would I do. When Im good at it I will fine more free time to pursue extra curriculum activities whatever they might be but freedom within the system happens to be tied to money and freedom outside of the system involves a more tedious pursuit of finding a parcel of land not owned by anyone. Buy land in america with a wink and a nod and when you have to pay taxes on it you will find your only renting it from your sovereign. balance is key.

  5. In absolute terms, Sarah is way more successful in any way you could possibly see it. I think Sarah is the most interesting person I've ever got to know and a true inspiration for a lot of people. It's not just about the useful tips and tricks but also about the overall attitude, personality and stance. 👏 I think my subconscious mind has concluded that her purpose is truthful and for that reason, she has been "chosen" to be my inspiration from now on and I realized this after seeing her in my dream. 😳 (Yes I just woke up)

  6. In my opinion if you both died early then I would say Zack since he did what he wanted and enjoyed "life" more – but now you are in a place that you are "rich" and have passive income so in theory you can do what you want and relax the rest of your life without having to work while Zack still has to work to get by.

  7. Powerful video!
    Success is working to offer my two kids more than what I had growing up. My parents was poor and utilities would get turned off.
    Me and my wife both work constantly to provide for our kids. No we are not yet financially free, but we are working every day towards it.
    I absolutely love your Chanel. I am fairly new. I am receiving a tone of awesome information and totally appropriate you sharing your experience with everyone.
    I have wanted to try drop shipping in the past but was always to scared to take the chance. But with each video I watch my confidence grows. Me and my wife currently work full time jobs and buy pallets of returned items and sort them and list on eBay. 7 days a week, up at 4:30am and in bed at 10pm.
    Yes I would love to slowdown but I have not reached the magic number in my bank account.

  8. To be wise enough to put aside emotional investment in beliefs to see the other side / points of view and be at ease with either .Now thats living .

  9. Sarah, you've lived the most successful life. You've learned a lot along the way, and now you have a new chance to explore life and not be limited financially, while doing the businesses you love.

  10. Great video! Really enjoyed the story the way you told it also the animation.
    Your channel keeps getting better.

  11. Find someone middle ground you don't need to work insane hours. Let other people do work for you virtual assistants are awesomeness. Work ON the businesses not IN them.

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