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144 Past Due – Why The American Dream Is Ruining Lives

by Derek Sisterhen on February 11, 2011


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Past Due: Radio 144 – Why The American Dream Is Ruining Lives

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Your belief system will dictate the way you behave. The way you behave will produce a certain set of results. Those results will positively or negatively reinforce your belief system.

Today we discussed how our worldview – particularly that of the traditional American Dream – can deceive us into believing that accumulating more money and possessions will produce fulfillment and satisfaction. The studies and the true status of American households both show that the results of behaving in a way to pursue happiness are not pretty.

We have over two-thirds of our households living paycheck-to-paycheck. The typical American household bears more than $84,000 in consumer debt. At some point our belief system must change.

We covered the importance of identifying why we do anything with money before we focus on how we’ll actually do it in order to keep our behavior and results consistent with our worldview (beliefs).

Today’s Mentionables:

Seek Up – Dave Matthews Band – Excellent song capturing the paradox of accumulating material things only to leave it all behind at death.

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  • Josh

    Thanks for this. I found it through Google Reader. Great discussion on worldview — don’t worry, I wasn’t too alienated. :-)

  • Derek Sisterhen

    Hey Josh – thanks for the comment! Glad you caught us in Google Reader and that you enjoyed the conversation. I’ll just have to work a little harder to alienate you next time :-)

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