Never work a day in your life? The point is not that we shouldn’t work, never be busy, never have a lot to do, never feel any pressure or get tired. The point is that we need to make sure we are busy doing the right thing.
The way to not work a day in our lives is to make sure we do something that we enjoy, something we want to do. If we are doing what we like doing, it’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s a challenge and thrilling, maybe even difficult, but it’s never just work, never a chore.
In your work, relationships, and free time, what you need to do is find, and then follow, your passion. That’s what counts, that’s what makes life worth living. That’s what gives it meaning. That’s what helps you go to bed at night anxious to get up the next morning to continue doing what you love. That’s what helps you wake up in the morning with a song in your heart and a smile on your face. It’s not about the money, the possessions, the things. We need that too, and it will come in time. But they lose their importance if you forget what’s really important, living your passion.
Here is an amazing story I ready in John Maxwell’s book Leadership Gold.
In his book Making a Life, Making a Living, Mark Albion writes about a revealing study of business people who took two very different paths after graduating from college. Here is what he says:
A study of business school graduates tracked the careers of 1,500 people from 1960 to 1980. From the beginning the graduates were grouped into two categories. Category A consisted of people who said they wanted to make money first so that they could do what they really wanted to do later – after they had taken care of their financial concerns. Those in Category B pursued their true interest first, sure that the money would eventually follow.”
“What percentage fell into each category? Of the 1,500 graduates in the survey, the money-now Category A’s comprised 83 percent, or 1245 people. Category B risk takers made up 17 percent, or 255 graduates.”
“After twenty years there were 101 millionaires in the group. One came from category A, 100 from Category B.
Are you trying to make money first or are you pursuing your interests? It doesn’t matter where you are in life or in your career. It’s never too late to make a change in the way we pursue our goals. If you first find your passion, success will find you. If you just follow your dream, success will follow you!