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When is enough?


Tonight I was watching Iconoclasts on the Sundance Channel. This episode featured Jon Favreau and Tony Hawk. Jon Favreau has had two great directorial successes, Elf and Ironman. The thing that stuck in my head was when he said he has figured out how to be satisfied with what he has achieved. He says learning how to enjoy what he has might be the key to success in Hollywood.

I suppose the desire for financial wealth is no different from the desire to eat, or drink or smoke. There is a point at which wanting more is too much. Being satisfied with what you already have is replaced with the urge to have more. And more. Until it starts to destroy you. As an entrepreneur I’m sometimes tempted to want more than I need. We’re surrounded with messages to have more. But more is not better. It’s just more. In my first venture my investor, himself a very wealthy man, told me that when I make my first million I will want nothing more than to make 10 million. He said that it’s never enough. It’s hard to know when it’s enough. I hope I find the maturity to know when it’s enough and enjoy the journey.

Author Richard Banfield

As CEO, Richard leads Fresh Tilled Soil’s strategic vision. He’s a mentor at TechStars and BluePrintHealth, an advisor and lecturer at the Boston Startup School, and serves on the executive committees of TEDxBoston, the AdClub’s Edge Conference, and Boston Regional Entrepreneurship Week.

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