One of the most important things in life is figuring out what you want to do with your time. Earning a lot of money, that is probably not a very good starting point. Finding your purpose in life would liberate you and make you happy. It will help you reach the flow state where work is not working but a way of life for you.
One because you would mindlessly chase money and may end up feeling miserable in the process. Two you won’t actually take out time to enjoy that money because you would always want more. Three you might end up taking a not so correct path to reach towards your destination. Four even if you get there chances of you staying there and not doing anything wrong in order to earn more are very high which might lead to loosing it all.
Obviously everyone including me would want a lot of money as it helps to lead a comfortable life. If you look at most successful people a large majority of them became rich because of the passion they had. Warren Buffer for example is so much successful because even at this age he tap dances to work. He has so much passion about what he does that it is akin to meditating.
One of many things I am grateful for to my university is it gave me clarity of what I want to pursue in life. The dots connected in hindsight and gave me a clear vision that I want to be an investor. That is one thing I want to do for the rest of my life. Having this clarity helps me sleep peacefully at night. I have no doubt that by owning stake in well run businesses will help me create wealth.
This also helps me avoid a lot of noise, getting jealous or envious of people earning more than me. I don’t compare my returns with the benchmark very often, I invest only in the business which I would invest in if I had the ability to own 100% of it. Now, this is not the only right way, this is what works for me and this clarity helps me a lot. I wake up every day thinking about what is a business I would want to own and what should I be investing in next. This excites me and helps me enjoy every waking moment.
In fact, this clarity has also helped me in other areas of life. My purpose as I figured in life is “𝐓𝐨 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐈 𝐝𝐨 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲”. This is as simple as a purpose could be. Detaching it from any goal post, any figure for wealth, income, status, or power.
It took me a long time to figure things out, and some things might change as I learn and grow but the crude purpose I am sure remains the same. Take time out reflect on activities you perform every day and notice the once that you enjoy doing the most. Be in no hurry to jump and switch careers but once you’re certain about what you think your purpose is, take a leap of faith and go for it. The most that can go wrong is you don’t succeed but now you know a lot more about success as compared to when you started.