Below is an excerpt from a lecture given by the late Alan Watts. The focus of the lecture is centered around the importance of finding and pursuing your passions regardless of the money or earning potential associated with it. I’ll leave it to Mr. Watts to explain why.
But before I turn it over to Mr. Watts though, I do want to acknowledge the fact that I do agree that money is undoubtedly important. It not only allows you to purchase what you need to survive but also helps you to facilitate your dreams, allows you to travel to places that you want to visit, gives you the opportunity to do things you want to do, and helps you acquire things that you desire – all of which are significant in leading a fulfilling life.
The emphasis of his lecture is rather on the idea that life is short and if you spend most of your time Continue reading
“You don’t feel empty because you don’t have much money. You feel empty because you have not yet encountered your real self, you have not come to your authentic individuality. Individuality makes you a light unto yourself.” ~ Osho, The Book of Understanding
“Seventy-five percent of our energy around the earth is being poured into war efforts. Are we servants of death and destruction? This 75 percent of energy could be poured into life, into the service of life-and there will be laughter, and there will be greater health, and there will be more wealth, more food. There will be no poverty. There is no need for poverty to exist at all.” ~ Osho, The Book of Understanding
“If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” ~ Arabic Proverb
“You don’t really pay for things with money, you pay for them with time. In five years, I’ll have put enough away to buy that vacation house we want. Then I’ll slow down. That means the house will cost you five years – one-twelfth of your adult life. Translate the dollar value of the house, car, or anything else into time, and then see if it’s still worth it.” ~ Charles Spezzano, Author
“None of those material possessions do anything to make your life any better… I know a lot of people who have a lot of everything, and they’re absolutely the most miserable people in the world. So it won’t do anything for you unless you’re a happy person and can have peace with yourself.” ~ Lenny Kravitz
In his book Making a Life, Making a Living, Mark Albion writes about a revealing study of businesspeople who took tow very different paths after graduating from college. Here is what he says:
A study of business school graduates tracked the careers of 1,500 people from 1960 to 1980. From the beginning, the graduates were grouped into two categories. Category A consisted of people who said they wanted to make money first so that they could do what they really wanted to do later – after they had taken care of their financial concerns. Those in Category B pursued their true interests first, sure that the money would eventually follow.
What percentage fell into each category?
Of the 1,500 graduates in the survey, the money-now Category A’s comprised 83 percent, or 1,245 people. Category B risk takers made up 17 percent, or 255 graduates.
After twenty years there were 101 millionaires in the group. One came from Category A, 100 from Category B.
The study’s author, Srully Blotnick, concluded that ‘the overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing… Their ‘luck’ arose from the accidental dedication they had to an area they enjoyed.’
“Find something you like to do so much that you would gladly do it for nothing; then learn to do it so well that people are happy to pay you for it.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold
“I made a list of the happiest periods in my life, and I realized that none of them involved money. I realized that building stuff and being creative and inventive made me happy. connecting with a friend and talking through the entire night until the sun rose made me happy. Trick-or-treating in middle school with a group of my closest friends made me happy. Pickles made me happy.” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness
“There’s nothing wrong with a paycheck, unless it interferes with your ability to earn what you’re worth. It usually does.” ~ T. Harv Eker
“Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.” ~ Arthur Miller