Money has been a topic of concern since your birth. Money fuels the economy. Money helps us purchase food and clothing, and is used to pay the rent, so we can have a roof over our heads. We need money… and a lot of it. Or do we?

What if all that stress and worry about money went away? What if you were already a millionaire? Would you be any happier?

The common misconception that we face in this day and age is that money equals happiness. Shawn Achor’s TED Talk on happiness (here) explains that there is a syndrome where people can never experience joy from their successes because they will never experience the ultimate success. There always has to be another goal that they have to meet, so they are never happy with the present.

The idea is that you shouldn’t be doing something that you hate doing just for the monetary gain. If you hate your job or major, you won’t do your work as well as others, you will have a poor outlook and other people will be promoted before you because they actually enjoy what they are doing for a living. Money is too often the deciding factor in people’s lives.

Based off of the book “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hours in order to master a skill. This is how every superstar and billionaire came to be as good as they are or were; people like Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretsky, Tiger Woods, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Elon Musk all put in the time.

The only way to become an all-star is spending the time perfecting your craft and improving yourself.

What dreams do you have? Where would you rather be spending you time? You are going to spend some 50+ years on a job or career, for 40 hours a week for 45 weeks in a year (let’s factor in vacation time). This equates to over 90,000 hours…… Do you really want to spend your whole life doing something that you hate? If you aren’t happy with where you are or where you are going in life, you are the only one who can make the change.

By doing what you really enjoy, you’ll find that not only you will be happier, but you will also be more successful. After stepping back from everything that’s going on and by observing your life, you’ll realize one of two things: that you actually love your career path or you need to make a change. If you need to make a change, I hope you will have the courage to pursue your passion.

Comments (2)

  1. Chara Farquharson

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    I agree with most of what has been said in this post. Money should never be the main driving force for a career or academic choice. A person should always choose what they love first. The money may or may not follow, but if you truly love what it is that you’re doing, money shouldn’t be the main driving factor, the love for it should be. I think that most people fail to live within their financial means and that’s why so many people find themselves in debt or difficult financial situations. Buy what you can afford. I find that a lot of people do things just to impress other people.

    So many people spend their time worrying about money that they forget to live in the present and enjoy all of the beauties of life. I believe that money really can’t buy happiness. It might provide temporary fulfillment but if you’re looking to find happiness in material things, you should look elsewhere.

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    I have never thought of it this way. Unfortunately, money is often the reason why we’re working in a job we don’t even like. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Whatever you are, be a good one”. This quotes is a good reminder to love and always trying my best in everything that I do. By the end of the day, money doesn’t matter if you’re not happy because when you wake up in the morning, you will be doing that all over again. And what is life if you are not happy and having something to looking forward to?

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