Life lesson from a billionaire

MinecraftThere has been a spate of articles lately about Marcus Personn, the 36-year-old Swede who created Minecraft and sold it to Microsoft for $2.5bn last year. He owned a 71% stake.

In March of this year, Forbes Magazine wrote that, “like a dog chasing cars,” Persson had bought a $70m ‘megamansion’ in Beverly Hills and was becoming “known for spending upwards of $180,000 a night at Las Vegas nightclubs.”

By September, Fortune was telling us, “Being a billionaire is lonely.”

The Guardian and the Daily Mail wrote of “the Minecraft billionaire sending lonely late-night tweets from Ibiza”:

“Hanging out in ibiza with a bunch of friends and partying with famous people, able to do whatever I want, and I’ve never felt more isolated.”

“Found a great girl, but she’s afraid of me and my lifestyle and went with a normal person instead.”

“The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.”

Money, it seems, is not everything.

So what is?

Forbes Magazine puts it this way: “With well over half his life ahead of him, the man who created an entire universe… must now figure out exactly who he is.”

Billionaire Marcus Persson seems to be waking up to the fact that in order to be happy he needs to learn to make the meaning of his own life: to figure out what he cares about, and then find a way to put that into practice that generates the human interaction he so craves.

Let’s learn from his experience.

Chapters 1 and 2 of Inner Leadership contain tools that help us get more in touch with who we are and what matters most to us and to make clear sense of our current situation.

Chapter 5 enables us to articulate our life purpose (and values).

Chapters 3 and 4 enable us to identify more ways of putting our purpose into practice, then choosing the one that suits us best.

Chapter 6 shows us how to express that as a vision that inspires us and other people want to work to make it happen.

Chapter 7 shows how to maintain our inspiration as we work to achieve our goal.

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