Alan Watts, British born world renowned Zen & other Eastern view philosopher, writer, and speaker had what I consider wise and straightfoward advice for recent college grads that rings true both four decades later, and for anyone at any stage of their career.
Take the three minutes to listen to the video for full effect, but here are a few highlight points in summary:
“What would you like to do if money was no object?
How would you really enjoy spending your life…?
…If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will 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….
If you do really like what you’re doing, you will eventually become a master of it, that’s the only way to become a master of something and then you’ll be able to get a good fee for it, whatever it is…
…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 and to teach your children to follow in the same track…
It’s so important to ask this question,
What do I desire?”