As I said before, a lot of the day-to-day enjoyment I get out of life comes from my job, which is one of the reasons I recommend having a good one so highly. But there is an obvious problem with that, which is:
Not everyone likes their job.
Even worse: Some people will not like any of their future jobs, either.
Not much, anyway.
They will not offer all of the things I mentioned, like intellectual stimulation and a sense of accomplishment.
They will just be jobs.
But there is a solution for this, one that seems obvious but is surprisingly rare, and it is this:
Instead of getting a job you love, get something just as good:
Get a passion.
Find something else, something great, something unique, something that you can, over time, learn more and more about until you become great at it—better than anyone else (or better than most people, at least).
In other words: Get a hobby.
A hobby that you love and that you can do often.
Learn all about it. Read every book you can find on it.
Do it often.
Then, when you’re done with that hobby, move on to something else.
It’s spirituality for the rest of us.
Eckhart Tolle is awesome. So are Byron Katie and all those Buddhist monks we hear about. Why, then, doesn’t their advice immediately solve all our most pressing spiritual problems?
Why are their results so difficult to replicate?
More Stuff to Read:
Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.
There are hundreds of spiritual techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. Here, stories about the ones that actually work. (In some posts, I rate the practices on a scale of 1-10, too. Sort of like county fair pumpkins, but more spiritual.)
These Are the Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
Kids, here it is. Have at it.
- Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
- All Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
I’m a Partner, a Mom, a Friend, a Mom, a Sister, a Daughter, a Businessperson and a Mom. Here’s What Helps.
Don’t read this section. It’s nonsense, mostly.
- My Mostly Ridiculous Self-Improvement Journal
- 150 Life Hacks for Getting Suddenly Awesome
- Suddenly Awesome Miscellany (And, Let’s Be Real: Book Promos)