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Why Materialism is Hindering Your Success and Happiness

It is so easy to fall into the trap of materialism. The attraction is all around us. But it is now believed that by minimizing attachment to material possessions, you naturally allow more room for happiness and abundance to flow into your life, instead of greed, apathy, and ego.

John explains how he fell into the materialism trap and why it eventually led to depression, anxiety, apathy, and a failure to live intentionally. He goes into the psychology of materialism and how social media and the people we surround ourselves with influence our beliefs and behaviors. He discusses in this video why you need to focus on the intangibles in life if you want to have success, happiness, and good health.

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When you always want to have better than you own, you are left with dissatisfaction and get robbed of your inner peace. It’s like you are on the side of a mountain, always looking up and envying who and what is up there at the top. Regardless of the consequences and compromises, you do all it takes to get up there to be on that peak. And when you are there, you look further up and say, “I have to go higher.”

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On This Week’s Passion Struck Podcast, John R. Miles Discusses Why Materialism is Hindering Your Success and Hapiness

  • Why materialism and why the pursuit of tangibles instead of life’s intangibles is undermining your success, health, and happiness..
  • Why the people all around us negatively influence our behaviours and what we base success on in our lives.
  • What is the psychology of materialism causing us to live in a world where so many people become hardened and depressed.
  • Why symbolic self-completion is one of the main causes of the trap of materialism.
  • What are some of the main influences on consumerism and the impact it is having on society.
  • The Importance of the intangible things in life.
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96 | Why the Materialism Trap Is Impacting Your Success and Happiness
96 | Why the Materialism Trap Is Impacting Your Success and Happiness


  • 0:00 Show Introduction
  • 2:52 The rise of consumerism
  • 6:00 The psychology of materialism
  • 8:24 Symbolic Self-Completion
  • 9:48 The role social media plays
  • 11:51 The importance of intangible things

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*The High Price of Materialism by Tim Kasser

*The 5 am Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life.

* The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty by David G. Myers

Check out John’s past episode on how to avoid living a pinball life. Catch up with Episode 25.

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Is the Hustle Culture is Making You Miserable? John explores this in-depth in Episode 70.

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About John R. Miles

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John R. Miles is a globally recognized high-performance coach, life and business strategist, military veteran, and one of the most-watched quoted and followed personal growth trainers globally. John is a highly sought-after speaker, coach, author and makes frequent media appearances to discuss how to live intentionally by being our authentic self! He is passionate about being the catalyst who helps individuals expand into the most excellent version of themselves, unlocking the most legendary life possible.


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