The other day I was browsing Facebook (other social networking sites are available!) and came across a video that was rapidly being shared by quite a few of my close friends. Even if you don’t read the rest of this blog I recommend you take 3 minutes from your day to watch this short, inspiring and thought provoking film – it may just change your life!
Aptly named ‘this video will change your life’, this ultra short film is made up of video footage with an inspiring voice-over from Alan Watts. Now I myself am generally slightly immune to these kinds of videos – we come across them frequently here at USE within our services such as Skill Build. However, I like this video, I can see why it’s inspiring, and I like the message:
What do you desire?
Do what you want to do and forget about the money!
Within the video Alan Watts asks:
What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?
Encouraging viewers to consider the possibility that:
If you really like what you’re doing it doesn’t matter what it is…you can eventually become a master of it…and then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is.
Now I know this may sound a little idealistic, but if you never try you never know. Part of being enterprising is believing in your dream or your idea or your skill enough to have the passion to drive it forward, through the good times and the bad.
I also understand that loving what you do is a luxury that many in this world cannot afford. But for those who can possibly afford to live their lives doing what they love, why should they allow money to become a barrier? As Alan states in the video:
It is better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.
I think Alan’s right! That doesn’t necessarily mean that all these entrepreneurs who are rich beyond their wildest dreams are wrong, especially if they have made their money doing what they love. To me it simply means that if you have a dream or a business idea that might never keep you in the lap of luxury, but may provide you with enough to get by and allow you to lead a happy life – then why the hell not do it? And if you’re already running that business, or living that dream, then why the hell not keep doing it?!
Many thanks to Jordan Alessi for the image.