"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost

August 21, 2014

Don't Just Find Your Happiness, Live It! (Life is What You Make It Chapter Seven)

After finding our life-calling, we spend time (we buy it, says Peter Buffett), to learn the implications and challenges related to the life-calling.

The thing is, what will we do with the life-calling once we've found it? Buffett says we gotta find a way to make it productive. He reminds us to address wisely the relationship between "what we want to do" with "what we need to do".

In the 50s, everybody was doing the same thing, working on limited job options, very obedient to the company, and the employees literally had no soul.
(We all know that it's because of the damages World War I and II have done. Many people get starved and they were suffering such difficulties, physically and mentally, at that time. That's why in the 50s they chose to work in the "secure job").

But in the 60s and 70s, the Hippies Era, many young peope were obsessed with the idea of being real individualistic; of being real to themselves and choose to do what they really wanted to do. Many people worked as tamborine player, and even as a myrrh seller! They were afraid being called not having principles, that they ignored the real basic economical reality.

Years after that, because of the uncertain economical prospects, many people worked for money. Just like in the 50s, only worse. The people in this era are really greedy, they'd do anything to reach the things they want, even if it means they have to do it the wrong way.

What Buffett wants to remind us is that, we need to balance.

If we need to survive in life, then we gotta do things that make us survive.
That's why eventhough we've already found our life-calling, we still need to learn about basic things to survive, especially money skills such as how to make money, budgeting, etc etc.

After fulfilling the basic needs, we can now try to live from our life-calling. The key is to make others happy; but still make the job our job.

"Everyone gives something. And everyone is still having what they've given."

"Finding our happiness is basically a journey to find ourselves.Where is our talents? What things we really care about?What efforts that can make us feel that we are being true to ourselves, living the lives we should live?

"Living in it takes a different journey--a bigger one. Our talents, our tendencies that we've found, how do they connect to the world outside us?What does the world need from us? Where is th most important crossroad between the things we value, and the things that will be valued by the world from us?"

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