A friend of mine made this comment to me last week. Great question isn’t it?
A couple of answers came to mind right away.
One is that, you are not stepping up to your purpose. Meaning you are not doing meaningful work, and if you’d like to dig deeper then define what “meaningful” means to you.
The second would be that since we can remember, we’ve been fed the story that the steady 40 hour a week job in a suit and tie, driving the fifty thousand dollar car, with the average size home and weekends off, with 2 weeks vacation a year, and happy hour drinks with a bunch of friends in the same boat is actually something you can call a LIFE! -of course all of that is a bunch of BS!
If you think that’s success my friend we are in a serious disagreement and you are DELUSIONAL…!
The thing is most people wont admit how miserable and unhappy they are. They compare their lives with someone’s who’s doing far worse than they are, never with someone whom they could aspire to be like.
So that way of thinking keeps them sheltered from the truth… which is that THEY – YOU are living a life without purpose!
There are people out there that make a lot of money, but they have no time. There other’s that have a lot of time, but don’t make enough money. And there is the worse kind… which is where most of us were or still are, which is “we have no time and make no money”. I call that place Middle Class Purgatory!
I always suggest to go back to what’s meaningful to you. Take stock of what lit the fire in you once and try to rekindle that feeling.
There are many ways to make a meaningful living these days… you don’t have to be a millionaire, you just have to know what you want!
There hasn’t been a better time in history than now, where the cost of producing and selling information, advise and specific skills is easier and more scalable than ever!
A book I recommend as a top read on the topic and to get your juices flowing is:
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future - Chris Guilleabeau takes us through real life examples of regular people who are not only making money doing what they love, but have attained financial independence and personal freedom in the process. Great read if you still have doubts about getting something going and finally getting off your butt and start doing what you were meant to do… which believe me, it’s probably not what you are doing right now for someone else!
Make a move soon before you REALLY run out of time… If you need to talk about it, you know how to reach me!