3 Ideas: Instant Wealth, 2 Hour Cocktails, Games Are Harder Than Investing


written by oz chen

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Welcome to the Rich List, a weekly newsletter of 3 ideas to increase your wealth, well-being and wisdom.

Idea 1

Here’s a life hack: to instantly be wealthier, just widen your definition of wealth.

Here are 5 underrated forms of wealth (also shared on social media)

  1. Inner peace
  2. Doing things “just because”
  3. Feeling alive and a sense of possibility
  4. Saying no and erecting your boundaries
  5. Giving yourself permission to rest and not hustle 24/7

To drive this point home, there are plenty of people with monetary wealth who feel spiritually poor.

Read this fascinating story of Philip Su, former Microsoft and Facebook executive.

After a lifetime of cushy tech jobs, Philip went to work at an Amazon warehouse as an associate in Ship Dock, standing on his feet and sorting containers for 11 hours a day during the busiest six weeks of the year, known as “Peak”. The experience was physically taxing…but it pulled him out of his depression and helped him gain perspective and a deeper sense of meaning.

True wealth lies in the ability to find something to feel wealthy or grateful for, no matter how big or small.

Idea 2

Years ago, I was enraptured by the idea of second-degree dinners.

I started hosting events with that format, dubbing them Dinner with Strangers.
I did this to connect with friends old and new, and it was a lot of fun.
But after the pandemic, I stopped hosting these dinners.


The format and amount of work required. Making dinner added to the stress.

That’s why I gobbled up The 2 Hour Cocktail Party, a book with one core philosophy: make it easy on yourself as the host, so that you’re more likely to keep throwing parties.

My favorite tips from the book:

  • 2 hours is long enough for icebreakers and deep conversation, but not long enough to drag.
  • No food. Just drinks and light snacks. Bartending optional; make the cocktails self-serve.
  • Use nametags and icebreakers to foster connection, however dorky it may feel (no one complained)

I threw my first 2 hour cocktail party and it was a success!

Compared to previous dinner parties where I felt a bit burnt out, I’m already ready to host the next cocktail party.

I love a good acronym, so I’ll call this the MVP: minimum viable party.

Idea 3

If you can play a board game, you can invest.

My friends introduced me to a game called Quacks of Quedlinburg, and it felt so complicated at first that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to play it.

Just for starters, here’s what the game looked like…potions and cauldrons and cards oh my!

As I got the hang of the game, I couldn’t help but nerd out with this thought:

If you can learn the rules of a board game, you can most certainly learn the rules of money.

In fact, I think handling money is far easier than so many of the things we already do: our jobs, playing complex games, and getting through Covid.

But I also recognize why people avoid finance. Unlike a game with set rules, the game of money is fluid and personal.

And let’s face it, most of financial education sucks.

This is why I’m teaching a fun class that will make you financially LITERATE in 90 minutes.

I’m hosting it on Saturday October 15th from 10:00AM-11:30AM, Pacific Standard Time.

This is “teach a person to fish” type of training.

You’ll get the mental tools that you can apply to any financial situation, from how much money to invest or how to battle inflation. You’ll learn concepts you can’t unsee, things about money you can’t unlearn. And it’ll level you up.

Register for the training Zoom: Become Financially Literate in 90 Minutes

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