There’s a lot of advice out there, both online and offline, about how to succeed in life and get rich. Most of it is regurgitated material we have seen or heard countless times. However, every now and then something truly fresh and insightful is published. This is one such piece.
If you read only one article in 2016 on success, let it be this one.
The Most Important Question of Your Life
If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something like, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,” it’s so ubiquitous that it doesn’t even mean anything.
A more interesting question, a question that perhaps you’ve never considered before, is what pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for? Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives turn out.
Everybody wants to have an amazing job and financial independence — but not everyone wants to suffer through 60-hour work weeks, long commutes, obnoxious paperwork, to navigate arbitrary corporate hierarchies and the blasé confines of an infinite cubicle hell. People want to be rich without the risk, without the sacrifice, without the delayed gratification necessary to accumulate wealth.
Read the full article here.