TechLead (real name Patrick Shyu) is one of my favorite YouTubers. His corny and deliberately arrogant lines (obviously meant as jokes) often leave viewers confused and amused about when he was being serious and when he was trolling us. However, it is hard to deny that his contents are often littered with gems (along with extremely cringing product placements often scripted and read himself… which adds to the humor).

One of the content types that I enjoy are his monologues about money. TechLead has made his money from game apps and a career in software development, but he self-proclaims himself as “cheap“. In all his videos, he is dressed casually and is obsessed over cheap instant coffee (even calculates the cost of an individual satchel). That leads one to wonder: if he does not look the part of a “successful individual”, despite being a millionaire, does it still mean that he is successful?

We know that this is a trick question. Quiz most people and you will likely get the common answer that success is not defined by how much money you have, and certainly not how much material things you can flaunt. However, we know that most people still take flashy visible things as tangible marks of success – the sports car, the large house, having people under charge. As much as we want to deny it, we still feel that it will be very nice if we can have these things.

Or perhaps we can ask the TechLead about what he thinks. Besides, isn’t he already financially independent and being reasonably sought after in the software development industry (although he recently got fired from Facebook. Sadly also, his wife had recently taken their son and left him)? One would expect him to at least splurge on a fast car or Ducati since he can easily afford them. But no, TechLead says he is cheap, and in his video Why I Don’t Drive A Lamborghini (Fake Success vs Real Success), he shares his philosophy about success in relation to flashy things.

Here is a list of takeaways that I got out of watching the video:

  1. Marks of success today differ greatly from the past.

  2. Is your strife for success to enable the freedom that you want, or is it to prove something to others?

  3. A simple choice of location can bring a huge difference in lifestyle enablement.

  4. Being successful is not a good excuse to stop being productive.

  5. If you are looking to be recognized for your success, you’d probably find yourself being forgotten quite quickly after an achievement.

  6. People are sometimes changing a vision or a notion that does not actually exist and end up running in the wrong direction.

You may likely pick up other lessons related to your life from his rather dry-humor video and I hope that watching this video would at least be helpful as you ponder about how you are working your way to your goals.

Here is the video anyway: