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What about if we do things that we don`t like in order get money in order to do things that we DO like? I don`t believe it is possible to entirely do things that we like. At some point we all have to do something that we don`t like or hate for example a job,but what we do with the money is important.
im from rural ireland worked for a nurse for 10 years hated it (only because my strict mom told me to/forced me to since i was a teenager that was my ''only'' ''option) i got away from toxic family and now im living in spain saving animals, doing speeches, interviews, educating people all over the world and saving animals from slaughterhouses and putting them tem into sanctuaries where they live in peace, , doing silent protests for hours, doing marches in the streets, asking governments to change their laws about animal abuse, we have 10,000 signatures so far, im so happy, finally my life has true meaning and i will die a very happy person knowing i did something good with my life to save another life, sending vegan love from spain x
This advice is misunderstood alot. He's not saying do something that doesnt generate money but makes you happy. He's saying pick a passion you REALLY love, work at it for life. Trust me, it will make you a fortune once youve mastered it.
That's the one thing that made me fall head over feet for my ex. He knew how to find the fun in everything without money when we first met 3yrs ago. A city I grew up in for 27yrs was completely foreign to me until he became the fearless explorer I'd been waiting for my entire life. No lie. We ventured places overlooked or forgotten. While people threw money at booze in clubs or bar-hopped, we explored the ruins of an abandoned project. We parked on the highest hills in the darkest neighborhoods so we could enjoy both the sea of city lights down below, and the clusters of stars up above. He ignited something in me no one else could, but fuck was that so long ago. 2yrs of dating dimmed his light somehow along the way. Money became more important. I used to spend hrs making it when we first met, and head straight to his house to experience that childlike energy. Spending time with him on a full tank of gas and decent mids became the only thing worth spending money on. There have been so many times I wish I could relive those moments with him in 2016; idk if that part of him will ever come back. ☹
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most of the negative comments are from people who have chosen to find fault in technicalities, they don't want to be adaptable or change. they falsely equate money with happiness and with being able to do happy activities. more money helps open up options but it has diminishing marginal utility and we live in a society of abundance where it's too easy to equate financial success with happiness. consider that the very rich are anomalies of public policy failure and business structure (because nobody needs Jeff Bezos levels of wealth). most of us work hard for money and value it because we earn it. but we then falsely equate expensive with good. as if flying a jet would be more fun than a late night spent with good food and surrounded by friends. yes, you can pay to remove a true negative but money will usually only buy a fleeting positive if you're chasing happiness. your passion/hobby is likely just a product of your environment, you can choose to change it. if your passion is collecting sports cars or flying jets but you can't afford that, then simply realise that you can choose a different passion, choose to run, cycle, swim, play a team sport, master an instrument or language, art etc, get involved in a business you care about or charity etc. it's how that hobby makes you feel that matters. purpose, progression, social groups etc. your friends may do the old activity but there are many other friendly humans who will be your friends. you will have more freedom as a result because you then need to work less to pay for your ridiculous car clown collection or jet flights and can lead a more varied, happy and interesting life. you can even take a contrarian pleasure from asceticism etc. read some moneymustache or some work on the philosophy of quality (Robert Pirsig, Erich Fromm, George Leonard).
Worst thing about it is that one has to remind it to himself. I first heard this many years ago, yet I still somehow keep getting stressed for all those living shits. Parents say to get a job, friends say to get a job, peers say to get a job, politicians say to get a job, media say to get a job, the economic system says to get a job. This doctrine makes me feel bad for my life philosophy. I don't want to do things for money. Even if I took a job in field I am interested in, the money would still change my attitude to it, making me do things even better to deserve the paycheck, finishing things in term and norms, not experimenting very much so I don't lose the job, not taking any break because I may get fired and starve to death. If this world wasn't about grinding money for survival, people would not have to be stressing and falling into existential crisis. But here we are - in a world I feel incompatible with.
Mom, you may weep for me after I die soon, but I don't care, I want to live my life. And after I slap my face on ground, make a big party instead of funeral.
I tell young kids all the time enjoy life before you grow up and I still enjoy a nice vacation every year I want to die on my death bed and say you know what I did things right and enjoyed life as much as I can
Wish this worked in real life, but unfortunately, a lot of the time we have to do things we don't like doing to survive. The unfortunate consequence of this is that doing what we don't like becomes habit and we forget how to enjoy life.
What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like?
Let’s suppose, I do this often in vocational guidance of students, they come to me and say, well, "we’re getting out of college and we have the faintest idea what we want to do". So I always ask the question, "what would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?"
Well, it’s so amazing as a result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers, but as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way. Or another person says well, I’d like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses. I said you want to teach in a riding school? Let’s go through with it. What do you want to do? When we finally got down to something, which the individual says he really wants to do, I will say to him, you do that and forget the money, because, if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way. And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually turn it – you could eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much. That’s everybody is – somebody is interested in everything, anything you can be interested in, you will find others will. But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like, in order to go on spending things you don’t like, doing things you don’t like and to teach our children to follow in the same track. See what we are doing, is we’re bringing up children and educating to live the same sort of lifes we are living. In order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing, so it’s all retch and no vomit. It never gets there. And so, therefore, it’s so important to consider this question: What do I desire?
Every time i think about making millions and buying lamborghinis and big houses, i tend to drift back to this video for a reality slap, nothing in life means more than enjoyment from whatever amd family, thats what matters most 🙏🏼
I've seen a lot of people saying, "It's not that simple," and "it's east to SAY act as if money is no object, but it is."
Yeah? So what.
Yes, we live in a world where everything is owned by someone. We live in a capitalist society; you can't build a house, or even cut down the trees you'd need to do so, it's illegal.
That alone will sound outlandish, because why would you want to when you could just BUY one? In order to have food, drink and a place to sleep, you need money.
So yes, it's not that simple. It's still the right perspective to take.
I work 50 hours a week as a waiter; I actually get paid fairly well, for a waiter. I get good tips, a service charge on what I sell: I make enough to live off of and a bit more besides. I like my job: I like serving customers, being on my feet and feeling needed on shift. It's not for everyone, but for now it suits me fine.
Once a week, I travel 5 hours by train and walking (round trip) to an indoor ski slope and back. I spend a huge amount of my leftover money doing so, it takes large chunks of my time, and I fucking love every second of it.
At the same time, I'm having driving lessons to get my driving licence. When I get my licence, I have money saved up enough to get a cheap second hand car.
When I do, that 5 hour round trip changes to an hour and a half, and I can get employed there as a ski instructor, where I will save huge amounts on travel expenses and make more Base anyway.
I love skiing more than anything else in the world, but skiing recreationally costs a lot of money, so I'm going to get a job where I not only get to ski every day for free, it actually pays for my life necessities.
Let me be blunt: I spend my work days working 10 hours with one half hour break (and an hour and a half travel in and out), and my days off spending 5 hours travelling up across London and up a hill to go to a 50 meter slope that I endlessly repeat. Every spare moment I have is spent learning theory questions or doing practical lessons.
My life is HARD. But it's satisfying, fun and makes me happy. And its only heading in a better direction. And it's all because I took that adage to heart: money is NOT the priority.
It's not that simple? Of course it isn't. It's fucking hard. I had to face judgement from my parents, my friends and the rest of my family, who thought I was an idiot who couldn't keep it up.
I have to spend every day knowing I'm what most people consider 'off track', and I had to take the time to find out what I actually wanted to do, and then find a way to realistically achieve it.
Stop being lazy and blaming your situation on things you can't control. It's easier to give up and say life sucks, that you're part of a system that's designed to chew you up and stop you from being happy.
Yes, you are. What are you going to do about it?
I think sometimes its good to be doing something you don't like to do, because then you will have more motivation on things you really like to do and you will have something to compare it to.. Sometimes you gotta go through thorn bushes just to reach the cherry tree on the other side.
You people are worthless bums. He's advocating that you do something for a living that you enjoy, not that you live a completely selfish lifestyle, satisfying every menial desire on a whim while living off other people's money.
Whoever thinks that “money is the object” is totally right, although we should also realize that the subject that puts value on this object is us people in the end. I know it sounds like such a cliché, but money is indeed just a piece of paper, it’s our common perception which makes it such important. So, it is not impossible to turn the world into a place where individuals are able to follow their desires, but it requires a mass and total transformation of perception, which then lead to a radical change of rules of the world. And that’s the deal that makes it sound like an impossible task.
I'm just got into high school but I'm not sure what I want to do with my work life. But I don't want to do something I dont like just for the money. I have one idea which is competitive gaming but I have to figure out a way have to do what I love and make money that way. I always play video games to escape reality.
It's so true. I just gave it all up and after a few years of struggling I just let go. Then, I got the job of my dreams - making money writing - my passion. I just had to stop caring about playing a game I wasn't interested in... let go of living in a nice beachfront house, the BMW, the corporate salary and just left it all behind and moved and had no idea what I was doing I just felt the need to LEAVE. That's when it all came together. It couldn't be any other way.
+- Genesis - It's great to question it. I've never seen anyone be satisfied with achievements. I've seen people delude themselves into thinking they are happy with achievements of all kinds, but the pain shows through the cracks.
I've found that no matter what conclusion you come to intellectually about it - even understanding that achieving those things won't make you happy - you still have to exhaust yourself in pursuit of (something) until you get it out of your system and are "done." So, if you pursue it as hard as you can you'll get tired faster ;)
Im 21 and i always question those kind of stuff . In a way , money buys freedom to do and get whatever i want , it brings pleasure . In ur experience , do u think that this didnt work , i mean i wont get satisfied with the comfort ?
I sadly have one of the hardest dreams: being a singer
Obviously my parents don't aprove that (Even if they say they do it, I know what they think) they preffer me studying something while I see how to become a profesional singer but I feel like I'd be losing time if I do that, I'm almost 17 and I'm running out of time
Another problem would be where I live, and my dream is too big for a country like Argentina and the situation here (Like in Many other countries) is not the Best, so It’s really difficult to travel somewhere else
This video made me realize that singing and travelling is what makes me happy and what I want to do, I don't wanna live a miserable life but It’s still to hard
I hope there’ll a change for me, an option, something...
I hope when I see this coment again I could've reached something
🤷🏻♂️ I followed my passion and people were telling me how great I was I pursued and practiced basketball 8 hours a day & tore the ligaments in my knee. Lesson learned always listen to ur mom. Always have a backup plan
That is until you end up broke from not working the shitty job, which is equally miserable, George Orwell wrote the ultimate tome on the two states of working a shitty job then being absolutely desperate because you're broke
If money weren't the object there probably would be no wars, debt, etc...It's not mind provoking enough if you don't have money. Money brings out your real true colors. The message is to not spend your life doing what you don't like because of money.
I've been listening to this speech over and over for many many years . This among other things is what eventually made me quit my extremely soul draining office job at age 40. I have travelled around South America and taking photos and now I eventually made it to the most renowned photo school in my country.
A new life is possible. No fear!
Yep born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. Du pratar bra svenska ser jag, imponerande :).
Thanks! My interest took of when I quit my job and went to South America two years ago. Then I got really interested and I got really good feedback and responses about the pictures.
A friend recommended this photo school and now I will start in one month.
Anything is possible if you have the courage. I know it sounds cliche but I really do believe in this. And as depressed as I was at my office back then two years ago, I had nothing to lose anyway.
Things has really changed for the better since then.
This message from Alan is so solid and profound. You just can't argue with it. And I'm glad to see that more and more youngsters out there discover him, through music & games and more. Awesome!
Thanks mate, loved those words.
The link worked and I also found you on FB. Så, jag ser du är från Sverige ;)
Sweden is one of my favorite countries in the world, it´s the reason why I signed up for Swedish lessons a few years back and spent 2 weeks there back in 2013, what a beutiful and clean country.
Loved your pictures, for how long have you been involved in photography?
I'm glad if I could inspire you. Go!
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it's a feather bed.”
― Terence McKenna
I swear people are plain stupid, all these comments "debunking" Alan's speech make realize that people spend too much time watching the super bowl, the kardashians and checking their Instagrams.
The point is not that you have to quit everything just because you don't believe in money, which technically is only a piece of paper or a number on a computer screen, the point is that you shouldn't aim your life towards money because that will never bring any kind of satisfaction but if you're gonna make money make sure it's doing something you really enjoy, obviously everybody has to pay bills and stuff but we can't just force ourselves to do something because "there's no other option" or because "it's what gives me the most money", money is a made up shit to control humans designed by the elite, all this stupid system was created by them, why do we all have to live the same kind of life?
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