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Monday, January 2, 2017

Don't do things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is, in order to go on doing things you don’t like doing

British philosopher and writer Alan Watts (1915–1973), author of the cult-classic The Way of Zen, asks the seemingly simple question of what you would do if money were no object.
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This could well have been a worthwhile New Year's Eve resolution: ask yourself the seemingly simple question of what you would do if money were no object because if you think that money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time.

Of course, most people never make enough money to be able to relax about it. They have families to support and their own lives. So they never have the option of cutting out and whatever they're doing becomes a habit.

Anyway, don't expect me to have the answer. Although I was lucky enough to enjoy what I was doing - "choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life" - I still wasted most of my life making money so that I can now contemplate such questions.

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