Lesson 3: Do what makes you happy and the rest will take care of itself.
Today’s life lesson was inspired by King Solomon who said, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men” Proverbs 22:29)
What This Means to You
I’ve talked to countless friends, co-workers, and soon-to-be graduating students who all too often feel trapped in their lives because they are working at a job (or about to start one) that they only took because of the money, not because they are passionate about it. Don’t get me wrong, most of us (myself included) are not so financially free that we can just do whatever we want and not worry about money. If you are young and just starting out in life and you have no family/obligations to attend you and possibly even have the luxury of being able to live at home to save on expenses while you pursue your dream job then by all means follow that passion right from the beginning and don’t give away any of your precious life towards something that takes away from your dreams! If however you already have a family and/or lots of bills to pay such that you need to earn a certain income to make ends meet, then obviously it’s a bit more difficult to pursue your passion – but it’s not impossible and more importantly it’s still critical that you don’t give up on your dreams. If you are not happy doing what you do, that’s a recipe for a bitterness, resentment, and an early grave so instead find a way to make a change – even a small change – that allows you to spend time doing what you love. You’ll be happier for it!
Let’s Look at an Example…
Did you ever hear the story of the boy who dropped out of college and started playing with broken computer parts in his garage? People around town thought he was a loser and even his parents were afraid he wouldn’t amount too much. His name was Bill Gates and he went on to invent some of the most important software for personal computers (ever hear of Windows?) and of course founded Microsoft – now he’s one of the richest men in the entire world. He was a man who followed his dreams — even when the rest of the world didn’t think Bill knew anything at all. But Bill persevered in the pursuit of doing what he loved and in the end, he changed the world.
Or how about a guy who didn’t even finish high school and instead dropped out at age 15 to spend more time learning about what he loved – physics. I know, you and 99% of the rest of the world may not like the subject of physics, but this guy did. His name was Albert Einstein and I’m guessing you’ve heard of him too. Like Bill Gates, Einstein also pursued his own path in life — one which the rest of the world didn’t think much of — and like Bill, Einstein also changed the world.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not by any means telling you to not finish high school, or to drop out of college, or to quit your job (today). For most people, earning a high school/college diploma and/or earning a solid income at work are part of the path to success in life – but not for everybody, and perhaps not for YOU specifically. Regardless of how long you go through some form of school or put your time in on the job, the key thing I’m trying to teach my son Jax and what I hope YOU take away here is that when you find something you are truly interested in (whether it be computers, music, or perhaps sharing wisdom with the world), if you can become a true expert in your field, then not only will you be happier in your life, but the money will eventually find you. In fact, I would advise you that regardless of how much money you make in life, if you do what you love, then you will find happiness — even if the rest of the world doesn’t understand you.
Remember, there was no market for computer software before Bill Gates came around. There was no Theory of Relativity before Einstein. And the same goes for a list of inventions longer than I can ever list. What would have happened if Bill Gates didn’t pursue his passion for computers and instead became an accountant. Or if Einstein had worked at the post office for the rest of his life and given up on his far-fetched dreams of being a physicist? Would the world be a better place? I think not. So let these trailblazers be an inspiration to you. Do what you love and happiness will follow. So what will your contribution to the world be? Who knows, you might just change the world!
Don’t Wait, Use This Wisdom Today
You already know what makes you happy so at least find a way to pursue that passion a little bit every day.
Did You Know?
Today’s lesson came from a book Jax and I wrote called Diary of a Minecraft Dad