I have this quote on my refrigerator:
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
– Margaret Young
I love this quote, and I look at it from time to time because I do not want to lose sight of its very important message, which is: it’s not about the money. Many of us fool ourselves to think that it is money and our material possessions that provide our value, security, and ultimately our happiness.
But it’s not. It’s about manifesting our internal value. But, like the quote says, you must first know yourself, your passion and truth, and then follow your dreams so you can truly derive your value. I honestly believe that if you provide value, a real value that others want and you’ve recognized and acknowledged, you will be ultimately compensated. But, if your goal is just money, and the accumulation of money for money’s sake, you will possess a life so void and empty. You will feel a hole inside your heart because deep inside, you are merely living for temporary assets that you can’t take with you when your life is over, while the dream in your heart, or your true calling and value, slowly dies a slow death.
So, if you are spending your days aimlessly working at a career or job that doesn’t give you the happiness and satisfaction you desire, what are you doing? Or, if not working, are you spending your hours unfulfilled? My question for you is: Why are you wasting your days? Wouldn’t you rather have a life of fulfillment and happiness? The pursuit of money won’t give you the happiness. You must become the person who you are, and that voice inside of you knows what you need to do. Life is short – don’t let the dream die, and don’t lose your true value.