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    Makes one think...


    I actually struggle with this quite a bit. So for me, it's a fairly moving piece. Somewhat inspirational, somewhat depressing.

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    If you have this struggle, and wish to break free, understand that you will face a wall of external criticism and self-doubt that must be broken through in order to take the first real step along that path. Every setback and difficulty will tempt you to abandon the plan and return to a safer place. Few people who love and worry over you will pat you on the back and say, "Don't worry, we're behind you." The opposite may happen.

    Ever read about the Egyptian Book of the Dead?

    In it, there were magical spells and incantations that the soul must utter in order to pass the tests that lead to the Afterlife and so on. There are monsters and demons, and a heart-eating crocodile that must be avoided. If one can take the path and pass the tests, heaven awaits.

    In this life, doing what you love is akin to heaven, but there are no magical spells and incantations, and there is no Book of the Dead. You have to write your own, and you have to keep re-writing it to be able to keep doing what you love. Because there are lots of crocodiles that will eat your heart.

    That's my only admonition. Good luck thinking it through!

    On a personal level, I'm glad I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    If you have this struggle, and wish to break free, understand that you will face a wall of external criticism and self-doubt that must be broken through in order to take the first real step along that path. Every setback and difficulty will tempt you to abandon the plan and return to a safer place. Few people who love and worry over you will pat you on the back and say, "Don't worry, we're behind you." The opposite may happen.

    Ever read about the Egyptian Book of the Dead?

    In it, there were magical spells and incantations that the soul must utter in order to pass the tests that lead to the Afterlife and so on. There are monsters and demons, and a heart-eating crocodile that must be avoided. If one can take the path and pass the tests, heaven awaits.

    In this life, doing what you love is akin to heaven, but there are no magical spells and incantations, and there is no Book of the Dead. You have to write your own, and you have to keep re-writing it to be able to keep doing what you love. Because there are lots of crocodiles that will eat your heart.

    That's my only admonition. Good luck thinking it through!

    On a personal level, I'm glad I did.
    Seems you've become pretty successful in taking that route too
    I can't say I'm going to make any life altering decisions. I simply can't afford to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vchizzle View Post
    Seems you've become pretty successful in taking that route too
    I can't say I'm going to make any life altering decisions. I simply can't afford to.
    I love what I do while working on music. I'm never bored or frustrated by that.

    Then there is the whole business aspect. Some of that's fun, some is a necessary chore, as with any career choice. The sailing isn't always smooth. But one weathers the storms.

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    The question is: either/or, the correct answer is: both.

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    Money no object?
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    If money was no object would you be an "owner?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACE View Post
    If money was no object would you be an "owner?"
    I am either way. Use, try not to abuse, but make that baby work. Do what's necessary to get it done. Play it like ya mean it. I suppose I'd "collect", but nothing would go unplayed.

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    I'm sorry, but I just don't get it.
    It's like asking "What if eating and having a shelter was no object" and then suggesting "live like eating and having a shelter was no object". You simply end up with no shelter and having nothing to eat.
    Working for money is a substitute for hunting. Maybe you would like to spend all your time in your cave, drawing murals, but you need to feed first.

    We are so lucky that we have only 8 hour working time, which leaves us with about 8 hours of free time everyday (counting 8 hours to sleep) plus free weekends. That's a lot of time to do whatever we want and we, in fact, have almost TWICE as much free time than working time (72 hrs vs 40 hrs in a week) with these numbers (I know it's not accurate, I just wanted to make it simple).

    If you want to do something you can't make money from, you have plenty of free time to do it. Be glad that you're not a 19th century factory worker.
    (furthermore, there are fairly uncomfortable means to prolong your free time, if you're not satisfied. Move to smaller apartment, so you can pay lesser rent. Eat cheaper food. Smoke cheaper tobacco. Drink cheaper wine. Don't buy as many guitars. Then you'll be able to work only part time and have even more free time)

    Did I miss something essential about the video?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albrecht Smuten View Post
    I'm sorry, but I just don't get it.
    It's like asking "What if eating and having a shelter was no object" and then suggesting "live like eating and having a shelter was no object". You simply end up with no shelter and having nothing to eat.
    Working for money is a substitute for hunting. Maybe you would like to spend all your time in your cave, drawing murals, but you need to feed first.

    We are so lucky that we have only 8 hour working time, which leaves us with about 8 hours of free time everyday (counting 8 hours to sleep) plus free weekends. That's a lot of time to do whatever we want and we, in fact, have almost TWICE as much free time than working time (72 hrs vs 40 hrs in a week) with these numbers (I know it's not accurate, I just wanted to make it simple).

    If you want to do something you can't make money from, you have plenty of free time to do it. Be glad that you're not a 19th century factory worker.
    (furthermore, there are fairly uncomfortable means to prolong your free time, if you're not satisfied. Move to smaller apartment, so you can pay lesser rent. Eat cheaper food. Smoke cheaper tobacco. Drink cheaper wine. Don't buy as many guitars. Then you'll be able to work only part time and have even more free time)

    Did I miss something essential about the video?
    Well said. I am all for pursuing your dreams, but being sensable isn't betraying your dreams. Besides, making work out of what you love to do often makes you hate what you used to love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albrecht Smuten View Post
    I'm sorry, but I just don't get it.
    It's like asking "What if eating and having a shelter was no object" and then suggesting "live like eating and having a shelter was no object". You simply end up with no shelter and having nothing to eat.
    Working for money is a substitute for hunting. Maybe you would like to spend all your time in your cave, drawing murals, but you need to feed first.

    We are so lucky that we have only 8 hour working time, which leaves us with about 8 hours of free time everyday (counting 8 hours to sleep) plus free weekends. That's a lot of time to do whatever we want and we, in fact, have almost TWICE as much free time than working time (72 hrs vs 40 hrs in a week) with these numbers (I know it's not accurate, I just wanted to make it simple).

    If you want to do something you can't make money from, you have plenty of free time to do it. Be glad that you're not a 19th century factory worker.
    (furthermore, there are fairly uncomfortable means to prolong your free time, if you're not satisfied. Move to smaller apartment, so you can pay lesser rent. Eat cheaper food. Smoke cheaper tobacco. Drink cheaper wine. Don't buy as many guitars. Then you'll be able to work only part time and have even more free time)

    Did I miss something essential about the video?
    You must live in a far different world than I do.
    Hmmmm. where to start. I work, doing something I have zero interest in. Rotating shifts every 2 weeks. Working hours I hate. 40 hours a week? Rarely. Either working 12 hours/day or working weekends or both. So I see my family for approximately 1 hour/day during the week and 1 weekend day for 50% of my year. I've been doing this for 16 years. I was extremely close to making different choices(a long time ago) that may have led me in a different direction that I would've doing something I actually had interest in. I chose my direction and there are people far worse off, doing worse jobs for far less money than I make. My job, while not making me rich, certainly has afforded me a lot of nice things. I'm certainly not wealthy, my perspective might be different if I was.

    The big thing that I took away from this video is to choose something you love, or at least like to do, whether it's going to make you wealthy or not. Why toil away at something you despise your whole life all for making money if you are unhappy all of the time? I'm an objective individual. I understand that the message in the video is done in an extreme, avant-gardist sort of fashion and maybe that's why you balk at it, don't understand it or think it's foolish. If I were talking to a young person that was "preparing for life", my message would be to go after something that will make you happy first. It's much harder to get out of a job you loathe later when you have larger financial and family responsibilities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vchizzle View Post
    You must live in a far different world than I do.
    Hmmmm. where to start. I work, doing something I have zero interest in. Rotating shifts every 2 weeks. Working hours I hate. 40 hours a week? Rarely. Either working 12 hours/day or working weekends or both. So I see my family for approximately 1 hour/day during the week and 1 weekend day for 50% of my year. I've been doing this for 16 years. I was extremely close to making different choices(a long time ago) that may have led me in a different direction that I would've doing something I actually had interest in. I chose my direction and there are people far worse off, doing worse jobs for far less money than I make. My job, while not making me rich, certainly has afforded me a lot of nice things. I'm certainly not wealthy, my perspective might be different if I was.

    The big thing that I took away from this video is to choose something you love, or at least like to do, whether it's going to make you wealthy or not. Why toil away at something you despise your whole life all for making money if you are unhappy all of the time? I'm an objective individual. I understand that the message in the video is done in an extreme, avant-gardist sort of fashion and maybe that's why you balk at it, don't understand it or think it's foolish. If I were talking to a young person that was "preparing for life", my message would be to go after something that will make you happy first. It's much harder to get out of a job you loathe later when you have larger financial and family responsibilities.
    Sounds quite tough. So is there a possibility for you to change to a different job? Maybe something you'd be more interested in or - if that isn't possible - something that gives you a better trade-off between your earnings and the time you can spend with your family?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albrecht Smuten View Post
    Did I miss something essential about the video?
    Yes, you did.

    Watts is NOT telling people to cut the soles off their shoes, climb a tree, drop acid, and learn to play the flute!

    What he's saying is that, in picking a career, pursue something you love doing, figure out a way to make a living from it, and you'll have made a better career choice - for yourself. I happen to agree.

    He is NOT saying, "Do what you love and something good happens by magic." He is NOT saying "Don't bother preparing or being practical about how you go about this work."

    He says, and I am paraphrasing here, that he has observed that people who do pursue what they love find a way to make a living at it.

    I believe in the principle that if you love what you do, you don't mind working harder at it. And for the most part, hard work gets noticed and leads to financial reward. And you enjoy what you're doing for a living, which is a benefit in and of itself.

    A person who loves, and is fascinated by, science makes a better scientist, and will likely work harder because he or she loves it, and be successful at it. A person who absolutely loves the law makes a very fine lawyer, and can achieve more - I've seen it many times. Same with many other careers. In fact, a person who works more diligently out of love for the subject does better research, prepares more, and can out-perform someone with more talent/smarts.

    Take music as an example (since this is, after all, a guitar forum):

    People who love music, and prepare for careers in it - and the field of musical endeavor is certainly much more than trying to be a rock star - have a far greater chance of making a living at it than someone who doesn't eat, breathe and think music all day long. I know many musicians actively engaged in making a living as musical directors, producers, engineers, session players, church musicians, composers, arrangers, orchestrators, orchestra players, broadway show pit orchestra players, and teachers...the list goes on and on.

    If the goal of becoming a "star" is what one longs for, that isn't about simply loving music and learning to make a living from what one loves, it's about something else, isn't it?

    Here's a good example: One of my close friends loves music with a passion, but hasn't the aptitude for being great at it. So he became an entertainment lawyer, who has gone on to do great things, not only for himself and his family, but for his clients (who include Grammy and Academy Award recipients), his friends, and the music community in my city.

    He combined his love of music with his aptitude for law, and has a career he really enjoys. That's an example of a terrific career choice, and it goes along with what Alan Watts was talking about. My friend is one of the happiest and most fulfilled people I know. And he's become nationally recognized in his field.

    Some people love business, and get a kick out of closing a deal. Some people love making guitars as much as playing them. Some people like healing the sick. I do a lot of work with video editors, and they absolutely love what they're doing. My brother is an artist, and he can paint until he falls asleep - he loves making images. He also heads up the fine arts department of a college, and really enjoys teaching.

    The point is, if you pursue what you like doing, your chances for success increase. That doesn't mean you have to be stupid about it. It's important to be honest with yourself not only about what you love, but your aptitude for doing it.

    Now the fact is that some people aren't driven toward a particular thing, and their interests might be family, or leisure activities, and just working to be able to do those activities is a great thing. I'm all for that. It's a matter of preference. The video's premise is not wrong.


    Quote Originally Posted by AP515 View Post
    Well said. I am all for pursuing your dreams, but being sensable isn't betraying your dreams. Besides, making work out of what you love to do often makes you hate what you used to love.
    Yes, exactly, one must be sensible.

    Making work out of what you love doesn't necessarily make you hate what you used to love (and I realize you're saying "often" and not saying "always"); the way that usually happens is if you fail at it for some reason, and/or if the work entails something that you don't love along with what you love (for example, working with people you dislike, etc).

    My own work involves something I love, i.e., composing music to picture, and something I'm not crazy about, namely, generating business for my work. I try to keep those activities separate in my mind. Therefore I can enjoy the actual work, and not mind the part about selling it to clients so much. It's a matter of keeping things in perspective.
    So I've set up my company to work in a way that works best for me, yet still allows for making a career out of it. There are certain compromises involved, and that's fine. You can pick and choose the compromises you have to live with. Or you can change careers - it's not the end of the world when you do (and I've done it so I know)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post

    Yes, exactly, one must be sensible.

    Making work out of what you love doesn't necessarily make you hate what you used to love (and I realize you're saying "often" and not saying "always"); the way that usually happens is if you fail at it for some reason, and/or if the work entails something that you don't love along with what you love (for example, working with people you dislike, etc).
    We agree. I guess my perspective comes from doing what I like (maybe not love) from the beginning. When I was small (say 8 years old), when someone would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say an Astronomer or a Geologist. Not the usual response I suspect. But I grew up rather poor. I was one of the janitors of my high school during my junior and senior years. I would clean the locker room and sweep the gym floor at 6:00 in the morning and then play basketball with the team at 6:30 on the same floor. Some might be embarrassed to clean toilets when their friends were in the halls chasing girls. I was grateful to have the work. There was no opportunity to attend college without working. I worked days and went to school nights for 12 years to get my BS. So while I did not become the astronomer I dreamed about at 8, I am still in a career I enjoy and the sciences are still hobbies of mine. Did I really know at 8 what career would be best for me? I got close, but I am probably a better Engineer than Astronomer. The economy is also probably better off with the products I help to market than it would be with one more planet discovered around a distant star.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AP515 View Post
    I was one of the janitors of my high school during my junior and senior years. I would clean the locker room and sweep the gym floor at 6:00 in the morning and then play basketball with the team at 6:30 on the same floor. Some might be embarrassed to clean toilets when their friends were in the halls chasing girls.
    When I was 15, my summer job was "riding stable hand." Saddled and bridled 'em, curried 'em and cleaned their hooves. But 8/10 of the job was the shovel and the wheelbarrow.

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    Well put Les.

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    I see both sides. However, let me just say this..............That's why "work" is a four letter word.





    Also, in the subjunctive case it should read........"What if money were no object." Sorry, the made me do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vchizzle View Post
    You must live in a far different world than I do.
    Hmmmm. where to start. I work, doing something I have zero interest in. Rotating shifts every 2 weeks. Working hours I hate. 40 hours a week? Rarely. Either working 12 hours/day or working weekends or both. So I see my family for approximately 1 hour/day during the week and 1 weekend day for 50% of my year. I've been doing this for 16 years.
    I'm sorry to hear that and I in no way intended to belittle your struggle. Fingers crossed with resolving your situation and btw I think it's a great thing that you still find the strength to be an active musician (which is one of the conclusions I was trying to make).

    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    Yes, you did.
    Thanks for clearing that up. Maybe I didn't get the message (or the importance of it) because it's just so fundamental for me - I switched careers when I was 20. The whole grammar school I knew I would go study psychology at university. It was 50/50 real interest in the subject and vain intellectual challenge. And I was so very lucky that my parents supported me that I didn't have to work. During the study my artistic skills developed more and more and I started to question, whether I really wanted to be a psychologist, but making a living as a freelance artist was impossible (lack of skill, lack of contacts, lack of knowledge how the market works).
    After two years I became fed up that my parents had to support me, dropped the school and became a graphic designer. Again, I was VERY VERY lucky I got the job I knew nothing about and managed to maintain it.

    Learning about the job (thus more or less "attending another school") ever since made me a pro. Not an artist, but close enough. The thing is... I don't enjoy my job entirely. I work in an agency, so I don't pick my commissions and have to do whatever I'm told. And I have to deal with some stupid people I can't tell off, because they are clients. But life is just like that and I don't care, because it allows me to work on my personal stuff (being my own boss) in my free time. Developing my art skills and playing three instruments in two bands, doing some songwriting. I, in fact, want to be a rock star

    In some fields however, there are no money in. Some industries in some regions cease to exist. Sometimes you have to requalify yourself. I was kinda talking about what to do, when this happens - don't let any video tell you, that if you (for some reason) do a job that you're not interested in, it's a bad thing. It's not. You can always do, what your heart desires in your free time (as long as you have some, which sadly isn't VCHIZZLE's case )


    Anyway, sorry everybody if my post sounded too harsh. I'll behave myself next time
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    I wasn't wanting to turn this into a poor me thread at all...because I don't feel that way. I make very good money for being a mere high school grad. The hours I work is the biggest part of my unhappiness. I can tolerate the work itself just fine - other than being boring, it's not bad. If I could have a straight 7am-5 or 6pm Monday-Friday, I'd be much happier.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fox77 View Post
    Sounds quite tough. So is there a possibility for you to change to a different job? Maybe something you'd be more interested in or - if that isn't possible - something that gives you a better trade-off between your earnings and the time you can spend with your family?
    Well, my job experience is in manufacturing. I've got no college degree. So most everything would be a step sideways(in type of job) or backwards(in pay) in what I'm "qualified" to do. I would certainly have to, at minimum, take classes to get out of that realm(production floor). I'm going to look into what jobs there are that I could take classes for at my company that would give me the hours I want. These types of jobs don't come up very often so it would be awhile, but it's something...I got probably 30 years til retirement. lol

    Quote Originally Posted by Albrecht Smuten View Post
    I'm sorry to hear that and I in no way intended to belittle your struggle. Fingers crossed with resolving your situation and btw I think it's a great thing that you still find the strength to be an active musician (which is one of the conclusions I was trying to make).



    Thanks for clearing that up. Maybe I didn't get the message (or the importance of it) because it's just so fundamental for me - I switched careers when I was 20. The whole grammar school I knew I would go study psychology at university. It was 50/50 real interest in the subject and vain intellectual challenge. And I was so very lucky that my parents supported me that I didn't have to work. During the study my artistic skills developed more and more and I started to question, whether I really wanted to be a psychologist, but making a living as a freelance artist was impossible (lack of skill, lack of contacts, lack of knowledge how the market works).
    After two years I became fed up that my parents had to support me, dropped the school and became a graphic designer. Again, I was VERY VERY lucky I got the job I knew nothing about and managed to maintain it.

    Learning about the job (thus more or less "attending another school") ever since made me a pro. Not an artist, but close enough. The thing is... I don't enjoy my job entirely. I work in an agency, so I don't pick my commissions and have to do whatever I'm told. And I have to deal with some stupid people I can't tell off, because they are clients. But life is just like that and I don't care, because it allows me to work on my personal stuff (being my own boss) in my free time. Developing my art skills and playing three instruments in two bands, doing some songwriting. I, in fact, want to be a rock star

    In some fields however, there are no money in. Some industries in some regions cease to exist. Sometimes you have to requalify yourself. I was kinda talking about what to do, when this happens - don't let any video tell you, that if you (for some reason) do a job that you're not interested in, it's a bad thing. It's not. You can always do, what your heart desires in your free time (as long as you have some, which sadly isn't VCHIZZLE's case )


    Anyway, sorry everybody if my post sounded too harsh. I'll behave myself next time
    It's all good, no worries.
    Like I said it's not all doom & gloom really. I still have some time to be in a band and write music. I'd just prefer better hours at work. My days of wanting to be a rock star are over. I still enjoy playing shows, just not all the crap that goes along with it.

    I've always wanted to do something in music for a living, it's the only thing I really love. Whether it be guitar set-up, repairs, even building...hell, I was close to going out to PRS 10 years ago to get a job in the factory. At very minimum, I would've been helping create the guitars I love. There's gotta be big sense of pride in something like that when you care about guitars that much. My course got changed. I made that decision. Unfortunately there's not a big enough market around here for that type of thing...and even so, I'm not really qualified either other than what I learn(ed) out the Dan Erlewine guitar repair book(the bible).

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    Watching this video validates what my wife and I did with our 27 y/o daughter this past week. She was a professional basketball dancer for the NJ Nets at age 17 (they made an age waiver especially for her). She has danced since age 4, and has won natinoal competitions since she was a teenager. She has been hired by the industry as a consultant numerous times to teach the necessary choreography associated with a cheerleading team's routines.
    Well..she graduated college with a business and nursing background and has worked for Ricoh as a representative, advertising agencies as an associate, and most recently as a representative of a managed care health insurance company.
    All of the above, buoyed by my wife and my concern that "she should always be able to make a good living".

    Well...this past week, we encouraged her to leave the job she hated in managed care...take a $10,000 pay cut....and accept the job for "Varsity" as a national sales manager selling cheerleading supplies to schools around the county. A job she LOVES.....and has always wanted...but one that we discouraged due to the "lower pay" (hey..it pays well...but is not a 6 figure job yet, by any stretch and we have always emphasized "be successful").

    To make a long story short, you should have seen her face when we "gave her our blessing" to leave the job she hated to take the job she loved. Now remember..this is an independant young woman who has traveled around the USA by herself since age 19 on consulting assignments, been all over the country as an NBA dancer, been sent to the UK and India as a "dance instructor ambassador" and had amazing opportunities all her "adult" life. she is engaged, planning to get married next year, and has a great boyfriend who is a professional and a nice guy.
    With all this...she held onto her old job just for our (parental) approval. I felt great when I saw her reaction to our encouraging her to "pursue her dream".

    the video made me feel A LOT BETTER.

    Leaving one question.....what if your "dream occupation" doesn't pay anything even if you become "an expert in the field and better than any of your "competition"???

    It's great to be able to pursue your dreams....however, we do live in a material world that requires us to toil and work for our independance and privileges.

    Unfortunately, we are not quite yet at that "utopian society" that the narrator of the video envisions when he encourages you to "pursue your dreams".
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