You know that feeling you have after a big meal?
Where you are so full that you really actively do not want anything more?
Ever wonder what that would feel like in other areas of your life?
People do so many things for the attention, for applause, to feel important or praised. But what if you had so much attention and so much praise that you could not possibly want any more? What would you do then? What would you stop doing?
We do so many things for the money. It is so deeply built into our culture that it takes a real effort to realise it is the reason behind so many of our actions.
But what if you had so much money that you could not possibly want any more? What would you do then? What would you stop doing?
If you stopped doing all these things you were doing just for the money, or the attention, what is left? Who are you, if you don’t do these things?
Some of my friends do a lot of traveling. Initially it was something they loved and were raving about. One has been quite unhappy with it lately. She realised it was once a dream, but now she is just doing it for the fear of being forgotten. But if she stops, what is left? She is defined herself by this pursuit for so long.
Many of my friends are entrepreneurs. A few have mentioned this deep hollow conflicted feeling. Their business ideas are not things the world wants. They are following the current tech entrepreneur stereotype, building social apps and pursuing investors. They are hating it, and having to admit they are doing it only for the jackpot. But if they stop, what is left?
If you were completely satisfied, then what?
After an understandable period of relaxing, what would you pursue?
Not just “sit around and do nothing”, because that is still just relaxing. I mean after that, when you are ready to be useful to others again.
What would you do then, if you did not need the money, and did not need the attention?
Yes, we need money to live, and some people need attention to live.
But I find it healthy to make sure they are just side effects of doing good work, or living a good life.
Money and attention should not be the driver.
There has to be something more beyond them that fulfills you, that you will do over and over even when you have money and attention.
Something to think about.