In life there are no short cuts and you have to understand this in order to pursue the life you want. What drives you in life? IS it to travel the world? IS it to have luxurious things? OR maybe it is to attain a business one day. Whatever it may be, it takes sacrifice and dedication to achieve all of those probable dreams. You cannot reach the finish line in 1st place without first putting in the work. Same applies to life; you can’t expect a free retirement without saving for it. Just like you can’t magically whip up a brand new Lexus without thinking how you will be able to afford it. That’s why I want to stress in life there are no shortcuts. Unless you just want to get by doling the minimum.
In life everything has a cost associated to it whether an action or non-action is taken. The fancy car that might bring you joy today will probably set you back 14 thousand dollars a year for 5 years. (70,000+ dollars less for retirement all due to a luxurious transportation choice) Because of this 1 choice you now have to work for 4 extra years and in the process delaying the trip around the world you desired to take.
Now I’m not knocking car purchases, but it is a simple example to illustrate why you must not take short cuts and realize the choices you make have consequences. I bet you can find examples of those choices in life which will set you back or push you forward every day. Like for example the daily $10 dollar lottery habit, that if saved may potentially turn into a 200 thousand dollar portfolio at age 59. What is the cost trade off for mistakes we make? It is a big cost and it will only hurt you in the future.