The many institutions we honour through the various traditions and customs we’ve come to adopt don’t quite like the idea of individualism. They’re tolerant of it to a certain extent, as long as we still involve them in our expression of our individualism. So what I mean by that is if you take fashion as an example, it wouldn’t be profitable for the mass consumer clothing manufacturers and retailers to equip every person who falls within their target market with their own means of production of that fashion which they consume.
So they don’t sell sewing machines which are connected to some computer-aided design mechanism to effectively equip everybody with the ability to design and manufacture their own garments, for instance. Instead, they define fashion trends to be pushed out into the market so that everybody wants to follow those trends, and in their quest to follow those trends, they have to buy garments from those manufacturers and retailers.
Your physical appearance, which is partly made up of the clothes you wear, falls under the self-improvement umbrella. Is there an ultimate goal to self-improvement though?
As suggested by the title of this post, the ultimate self-improvement hack is indeed saving money, but we’ll get back to that in a little more detail in a bit. First, it’s perhaps pertinent to establish an end-goal to the various self-improvement terraces we’re inclined to follow.
Fighting the fight for individualism
Self-improvement should mean different things to different people, because if we follow the self-improvement conceptions of the status quo, then we’re driving along an endless road. Don’t let the beauty industry dictate to you what you should look like, for example, because that definition is going to change in a few months and in order to “qualify” you’ll have to keep spending money.
The beauty industry is just one example, as there are many others, such as how entertainment or “fun” appears to have an explicit definition and in order to enjoy that entertainment or fun, guess what? You have to spend money…
So individualism is good and you should strive for self-improvement in the true sense of the term by identifying areas in your life which would be made easier by following certain steps and identifying areas in your life which will make you feel good about yourself, both physically and mentally.
The money-saving hack
Now comes the application of the ultimate self-improvement hack, which is saving money! It’s as simple as this – in any area of your life that you’ve identified as one in which you want to improve yourself, ask yourself the question “How can I save money doing this?” There’ll likely be many answers to that question, like for example if you want to improve yourself by getting into shape, you can resolve to quit smoking as one way to save money and you can choose to exercise at home as opposed to paying for an expensive gym membership.
This approach has you asking the questions that matter and in addressing those questions you will ultimately reveal the quickest path to self-improvement in any area of your life. It also helps to have a bit of extra money to pump into any self-improvement terrace you’ve resolved to pursue.