“When you put so much of yourself and your time into something, it’s hard to separate it from who you are.” ~ Julia Rothman, Brain Pickings
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
“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.” ~ Debbie Millman
“Only disciplined people become free, but their discipline is not obedience to others: their discipline is obedience to their own inner voice. And they are ready to risk anything for it.” ~ Osho, The Book of Understanding
When Abraham Lincoln became the president of America, his father was a shoemaker. And, naturally, egoistic people were very much offended that a shoemaker’s son should become the president. They were aristocrats, who thought it was their birthright to be in the highest government post. A shoemaker’s son? On the first day, as Abraham Lincoln entered to give his inaugural address, just in the middle, one man stood up. He was a very rich aristocrat. He said, “Mr. Lincoln, you should not forget that your father used to make shoes for my family.” And the whole Senate laughed; they thought that they had made a fool of Abraham Lincoln.
“Do things with your whole heart, with as much intensity as you are capable of. Anything done halfheartedly never brings joy to life. It only brings misery, anxiety, torture, and tension, because whenever you do anything halfheartedly you are dividing yourself into two parts, and that is one of the greatest calamities that has happened to human beings – they are all split.” ~ Osho, The Book of Understanding
“You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer…. You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand. Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
“In everybody’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” ~ Swami Vivekananda
“The great mystery isn’t that people do things badly but that they occasionally do a few things well. The only thing that is universal is incompetence. Strength is always specific! Nobody ever commented, for example, that the great violinist Jascha Heifetz probably couldn’t play the trumpet well.” ~ Peter Drucker
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