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What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like? | The Millionaire Dropout

What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of life would you like?

by on May 28, 2013 in Self Development, Uncategorized

 

I am not sure how I found this  clip but I am glad I did and I want to share it with you. It was taken from talk given by Alan Watts. If you’re not sure what you want to do next, you’re stuck in a job or a business that you just don’t like then you need to grab a copy of The Millionaire Dropout and start changing your situation for the better. A great line “Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way” but even better a long life full of adventures and doing what you want.

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 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 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 life’s 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?

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 — 16 November 1973)

The Millionaire Dropout, Fire your boss, do what you love and reclaim your life

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