Whether it’s an important consumer application, a specialist app to solve a particular niche problem, or even a time-wasting game you can play on your phone, you can create a massively successful business if you build software that helps people. (Look at the rise of Slack—the team communication software that went from side project to billion-dollar company in just 2 years.)
It can stifle creativity and personal growth. It isn’t only children who can fall into negative patterns because of money. Nelson says that after spending years building his businesses and then selling them, he took a year off to travel, snowboard and golf. While it seems like everyone’s dream, he says it led him to feel aimless and, ultimately, depressed. “When I look back at the days when I was working 100-hour weeks, I don’t think I’ve ever been happier,” Nelson says. In his case, money didn’t bring happiness, but rather stifled his creativity and led to unproductive idleness.