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The World is Driven by Envy

According to billionaire investor Charlie Munger, the world is "not driven by greed, it's driven by envy."
The World is Driven by Envy
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According to billionaire investor Charlie Munger, the world is "not driven by greed, it's driven by envy." This statement came as part of an on-stage interview in 2022 at the annual meeting of the Daily Journal.

Munger continued:

"The fact that everybody is five times better off than they used to be, they take it for granted. All they think about is that someone else has more now, and it's not fair that he should have it and they don't."

Speaking of his own life, he says:

"I have conquered envy in my own life. I don't envy anybody. I don't give a damn what someone else has. But other people are driven crazy by it.

It's certainly much, much easier for a succesful 98-year-old billionaire to conquer envy than it is for the rest of us. But it's a good, practical goal for anyone who wants to be more content and happy in their own life.

So, if you start to feel discontented or unhappy about what you have or where you are in life, try to recognize how amazing everything really is compared to just 100 years ago. And do your best to avoid the comparing yourself and your life to other people you see on Instagram or TikTok.