What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?
A few weeks ago this video showed up on my Facebook news feed and has since become a nagging question in my head. It literally could be, the million-dollar question. For some people, this question may come easy, and they are the lucky ones.
One of my best friends in university always knew what she wanted to do. She didn’t just want to work in medicine, or be a doctor, she wanted to become a dermatologist. That focus and clarity lead her on an 8-year journey that has ultimately led to her to a lifelong career that makes her happy.
For others, the answer may not be as clear and figuring it out become part of a life long journey. The late Alan Watts believed if you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually becomes a master of it. The truth is, having an opportunity to choose is a luxury that may take time to sort out. For a start, here are few of my favorite reads (and an app!) that I’ve found have some insightful content:
What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 – A book about unleashing your creativity and seeing problems as opportunities. Easy to digest and a lighthearted, a book centered on how most problems are remarkable opportunities in disguise.
Strategy For You – Using the metaphor of bridges, Rich Hawthorn provides an insightful and actionable journey throughout this quick and easy read.
Strengths Finder 2.0 – A book that will help you uncover your talents centered around a similar question: “Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?”
Unstuck (iPad app) – A fun, interactive app that will help you dig deep into the reasons behind what is making you feel stuck. Surprisingly effective, full honesty and disclosure required.
If you can find something you love doing, being good at it will shine through and success will come in bounds. Opportunities to do what you love can be created in almost any situation, and it doesn’t mean you have to leave your job. You can find opportunities at work, or by surrounding yourself with like-minded people who inspire you to do more. Either way, it’s an adventure that is is out there, and worth exploring. In the words of Alan Watts: “Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.”