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What if money was no object?

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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 uh... we're getting out of college and we haven't the faintest idea of what we want to do." So I always ask the question: "What would you like to do if money were no object?" "What'd you... 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." Another person says "Well I'd like to have an out of doors life and ride horses." I say "Do you want to teach in a riding school?" uh... 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'll say to him, you do that, and uh... forget the money! Uh... because if you say that, getting the money is the most important thing, you'll 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 can eventually turn it... you can eventually become a master of it. The only way to become a master of something's to be really with it. And then you'll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So, you don't do worry to much that everybody's... somebody's interested in everything. And anything you could be interested in you'll find out this way. 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 for doing things you don't like and to teach your children to follow in the same track. See what we are doing, is we're bringing up children, and educating them to live the same sort of lifes we're 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, consider this question: WHAT DO I DESIRE? be the change you want to see in this world

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Duration: 3 minutes and 8 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Tragedy and Hope
Director: Tragedy and Hope
Views: 995
Posted by: tzmgermany on Feb 14, 2013

Ask yourself. What would you do with your life if money was no object? An amazing lecture from the late Alan Watts. Alan Watts audio courtesy of All Credit goes to its respective owners. This is the working-location for translations. Finished translations will be moved to: - [email protected]

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