What I learned from a $15 Thai takeout meal

Yesterday I spent 15 minutes debating an order of Thai food to the pharmacy.

One of the dangers of working near Thai Town

You heard me… it took me 15 minutes to make a $15 decision.

Where should I order? What should I order? Should I order this? It’s only $15… but FUCK. I should have meal prepped last night. This feels like a waste of money.

And you know what?

I ordered it and felt guilty. I know… It’s stupid. I was having buyers remorse over a $15 takeout meal. I was in college all over again.

Freshman year of college… 2006 -_-

And here’s the crazy part.

One hour later, I charged 1K to my AMEX for a copywriting course straight. Ballin. The hardest part was pulling my credit card out. I had no regrets… I actually felt great making the purchase.

The 1K purchase.


It took me ten seconds to pull on $1000 digital product, but over 15 minutes on $15 Thai food… What was going on?

Have you ever had those busy days when you felt like this…?

Fuck. I don’t want to think.

When you’re busy, simple tasks like ordering take out can be mentally draining, stressful, and exhausting. Whether simple or complex, every decision requires some cognitive effort. The crazy part is that most minor life decisions rarely affect our lives and waste our time.

First world problems

What if we could stop wasting time on minor decisions and focus on the decisions that would drastically change our lives?

This is the reason why Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg wore the same shirt everyday. They didn’t have to wake up and be like “what am I going to wear today”? They could focus on making Facebook or the next iPhone. They focused on what really mattered.

…So why didn’t I feel bad about the $1000 digital product?

I made the decision that education is the most important thing that will help me breakout of the pharmacy grind… Thai food? Not so much.

If I wanted a book or course, I would just buy it. Money would automatically be withdrawn every month for education. I wouldn’t think twice.

I’m not telling you to stop ordering your Gingerbread lattes or wear the shirt everyday… which is nasty by the way.

I want to ask you THIS…

What is one minor life decision that you constantly spend time thinking about?

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7 thoughts on “What I learned from a $15 Thai takeout meal

  • November 22, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    So are you saying we shouldn’t waste time on minor things? Because it was easy to do the heavy thing as opposed to the minor thing, I dunno I’m confused. I thought, you shouldn’t focus on the minor thing and put more energy toward the more important things in your life

    • November 22, 2015 at 11:23 pm

      Exactly. Basically what I’m saying is to throw the minor things on autopilot so we can focus and prioritize the bigger things in life.

  • November 22, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Honestly being a full time student and working a full time job makes me wish I had time to party every weekend (just like other people do). But if I do that, my education will be jeopardize. Kicking those thoughts out of my mind is a struggle I am willing to take so one day I’ll enjoy life as it is supposed to.

  • November 22, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Mine is my time …i over think what i should be doin with the lil free time i get …feeling guilty about time spent that coulda been used better. hell im always broke …but chasing my dreams …its a climb…i am prepared for ….time ..on the other hand ..i cant get enough time in a day.

  • November 23, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I still remember my first “how-to” purchase… It was 2003 and I saw an infomercial on tv. Said, I can buy houses without cash, credit, or experience.

    Bought it and followed. Made $55K… totally it’s liberating man.

    …fast forward now, I have almost 10TB (yes with a “T”) of information products I’ve bought, borrowed, or downloaded that I study everyday.

    The most successful people are smart because they simply educate themselves.

    As Brian Tracy says…

    “For EVERY $1 you spend on yourself, you’ll get $30 back on your investment.”

    Keep elevating.

    The asian community needs more thought leaders.

    – Jeff Coga

    P.S. One minor thing I think about a lot is… what to eat. HA! I did have a cook who cooked and preped for me but then I would get caught up in work and forget to eat.

    AKA… I’m eating my first meal right now and was grinding on a Sunday.

  • November 30, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Throwing minor things into auto pilot has actually helped me out lots! I used to freeze up just over looking at my pile of dirty laundry stacked in the corner of my room and dwell on minor tasks that ended up multiplying.
    Now when I slow down, I visualize that Steve Jobs meme wearing those dreadful mom jeans & I get my ass up. Thanks for sharing!

  • December 18, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I’m also a new graduate pharmacist too! I feel you… about the grinding to get out of pharmacy. I love my job most days but I’m just so motivated to take life to the next level. The next level of higher living and financial independence away from debt ! Keep up the posts and thanks for the motivation.


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