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Why You Should Toss the Elevator Pitch: An Interview with Michael Port

The entrepreneur, speaker and New York Times bestselling author of “Book Yourself Solid” talks about why he doesn’t want to be a billionaire and why you should toss the elevator pitch.

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Amy Segreti: How important is lifestyle when it comes to how we work and what we define as success?

Michael Port: It’s incredibly important for all of us to decide what kind of lifestyle we want to live. I would need to work more given the way my business is designed now, but it’s not important to me to make that extra money if it means that I don’t get to do the other things I enjoy in life, like being with my son many hours a day, kissing him on the forehead after he goes to sleep, and having a relaxing day of some yoga, a few interviews and writing.

A lot of people put those things off until after they’ve made their fortune.

I think that we can design our lives so that we have the revenue we need to live the lifestyle we want. And if you want to have seven homes and fly off to Abu Dhabi, you’re going to have to make millions of dollars. But does it make you happier? If you saw my house, I’ve got nice stuff, but I know that stuff is not going to make me a happier person. Experiencing the things that I enjoy is what adds to my happiness and my pleasure.

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