“People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.”
Let that quote sink in a minute. I think at some point in our lives, we are all guilty of this. Uncertainty can be crippling. We want more, but we don’t want to fail. Trust me, I get it.
I’ve been listening to The 4 Hour Workweek on Audible for the past few days, and wow. I think I’m going to have to purchase the book because there are so many notes I want to take! It’s such a powerful book with takeaways in every sentence Tim Ferriss speaks.
One thing that really stuck with me was this quote, because it’s so true. Most people live their lives this way. Not some people, most.
Most people will choose money over happiness, thinking that money = happiness. I mean, hey, I’m a huge fan of money don’t get me wrong. However, I used to go into work and think to myself, “Is this really it? This is what I’m going to spend my youngest, healthiest, and most vibrant years doing?” I never wanted to follow down the same path as most people in this sense. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that the “American dream” is to work at a job you hate (or at best tolerate) most of your short life, and then save for retirement. All because it’s a good job with benefits.
This way of life is not the only choice.
Tim says that retirement should not be the goal. Retirement should be the worst case scenario. He saves for retirement, but as a back up plan. I love that mentality.
“Soooooo, okay, what do I do then if I’m not saving for retirement?”
You build your dream life. Figure out what you’re passionate about, and figure out how to do it, perfect it, and make good money at it. Don’t choose unhappiness over uncertainty. Sprint down the road of uncertainty that very few people are willing to travel down. Design your life the way you want it to be.
I work hard as a 24 year old so that I can live the life of my dreams by the time I’m 30, not 60. I love blogging. I love being an online coach. I love being able to connect with people all over the world. I love the fact that someday, this is all I”ll be doing. My spare time will be spent travelling, sitting in my PJ’s with my dog, and spending more time with my loved ones than working.
That is living.
You may think I’m crazy. I’m quite certain most people do. But before you brush it off, think about it. Is the risk of trying something and failing the scariest thing that can happen? Or, is wasting your life away doing something that doesn’t make you want to get up in the morning filled with passion the scariest thing that can happen?
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