This was an interesting series of tweets from a person named Markus Persson. For those who don’t know, he founded the popular game Minecraft which he ultimately sold to Microsoft for $2.5 Billion. Through these tweets you can see how having all that money and success has kind of isolated him to the point where he seems very alone and unfulfilled with life.
As you can see here, the first series of tweets kind of shows how money doesn’t mean much in the end if you don’t really have those genuine relationships in your life:
“The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.”
“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.”
“In sweden, I will sit around and wait for my friends with jobs and families to have time to do shit, watching my reflection in the monitor.”
“When we sold the company, the biggest effort went into making sure the employees got taken care of, and they all hate me now.”
Afterwards, it’s kind of like he resents the notion that his wealth and success is what he wanted yet it seems to be bringing him misery in every aspect of his life. However, it seemed like hearing other people’s words eventually brought him back down to Earth.
Found a great girl, but she’s afraid of me and my life style and went with a normal person instead.
“I would Musk and try to save the world, but that just exposes me to the same type of assholes that made me sell minecraft again.”
“People who made sudden success are telling me this is normal and will pass. That’s good to know! I guess I’ll take a shower then!”
“I really appreciate all the offers to hang and talk and all. As an introvert, new friends is hard to do even when fine, but it means a lot!”
“And just venting and not feeling like I had to hide made it feel a bit easier to cope with already.”
I can’t comment personally on how it is like to be a billionaire and all with this kind of isolation feeling, but I think the important thing is that just because you have a lot of money it doesn’t mean you need to have expensive things or to live a “rich” lifestyle. Example, from what I read he purchased lavish items such as multimillion dollar home. There are stories where people such as Warren Buffet still lives in a modest home which kind of shows that you really need to know who you first where money is just a resource for your life.
Reading stories like this makes me appreciate all the experiences I have been through thus far. At the same time, further demonstrating that while it’s good financially to make a lot of money focusing on building real and genuine relationships with people is also an investment in life that you shouldn’t ignore.