“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
~Walden, Henry David Thoreau
What great words and they are so true. Happiness and contentment in life comes to us only when we are happy with ourselves and in what we do. Making money is not what makes us happy. It really isn’t. Ask the professional musician, the artist, the teacher, the scientist, those people that are doing what they love if money makes them happier.
Money is only a result of the value you bring to people and when the delivery of that value is your calling, you have found a blessed way to live. This is a worthwhile goal and it doesn’t matter where you are today in life; you can if you want it bad enough. Just apply: Desire + Study + Action = Success!
The first step towards this wonderful purpose in life is to discover your calling. Try this exercise:
1. Make a BIG capital T on a piece of paper and title the left side: Passion; the right side Talent.
2. Under each title, place the top 4 or 5 passions (on left) and talents (on right). AND… do not over-think about what they are, because you should know… they’ll come to you. Your passions and talents should always have a benevolent nature.
3. Through a process of elimination, pick the top passion and top talent.
4. Combine them and that is your calling. That is what you should do in life which brings you meaning.
Work on ways in which you can monetize your calling. When you find your calling, the rest of the challenges in life become spring-boards to your success.
I recall hearing Dr. Wayne Dyer tell a metaphor on happiness at a seminar and I think I have the “jist” of it here:
“There were two cats that met in a yard. The first cat was young and just got out of cat philosophy school. The second cat was a wise alley cat. The young cat was chasing his tail as they are prone to do and the alley cat asked the young cat why is he chasing his tail?
The young cat promptly told the alley cat that he learned in cat philosophy school, that happiness is found in your tail and if he caught it, he would be eternally happy. The wise alley cat agreed, and that yes indeed happiness is found in the tail. The wise alley cat smiled and shared with the younger cat that after years living in an environment that required complete independence, when you follow your calling, your tail follows you wherever you go. Yes indeed, happiness is found in your tail.”