The Pursuit of Happiness

Things have been CRAZY guys. And by crazy, I mean exhausting, exhilarating and unpredictable. Crazy.

Since the last time I wrote, Taylor and I moved out of our apartment and into my old bedroom at my parents’ house. We have continued the building process on our tiny house (it really looks like a house now!). I had my last official day of my job. I started a company. We celebrated our 2-year anniversary. CRAZY.

I was visiting Taylor at Jimmy Johns several weeks ago and I read this on one of their many signs:

 

An investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.  Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna.  The banker complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The fisherman replied, “only a little while. The banker then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The fisherman said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The banker then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, spend time with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play music with my friends.  I have a full and busy life.” The banker scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to a larger city, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the banker replied, “15 – 20 years.”

“But what then?” Asked the fisherman.

The banker laughed and said, “That’s the best part.  When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!”

“Millions – then what?”

The banker said, “Then you would retire.  Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, spend time with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play music with your friends.”

 

What a concept! I recently read a book called “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” (you should read it!), and in it, the author refers to the constant cycle of work-pay bills-work-pay bills as the rat race. It is constantly drilled into our heads that that if we just have a little more than we have now, we will reach happiness.

But what if we’ve had what we need to be happy all along? What if you quit that job you dread going to everyday and focus on something that you love? All you need to do is make enough money to survive, and I use the term “survive” very loosely, because in my opinion you need very little to do so, even with a large family. Do a little investing to insure your future if you want, but stop living for this result of happiness. Be happy now.

A few weeks ago, I started a home organizing and downsizing company. I created a website, started a social media campaign and announced it on Facebook shortly after. I’ve already had 2 in-home consultations and I am giddy with excitement to be able to help these dear clients clear the clutter and live a more free, peaceful life.

 

Find what you love.

Figure out how to make money doing it.

Do it.

Be happy now.

 

I would be so grateful if you would pass along my website and information to anyone looking for a home organizer in the central Indiana area. Thanks for reading!

 

www.gracefulspacesinc.com

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