Are you stuck in peace and serenity all the time? Does your life move along smoothly, without hassle? Do you find that you are more relaxed than stressed throughout the week?
If you answered ‘no’ to any or all of those questions, then you’re probably not one of the millions of people that the American Psychological Association calls ‘the most stressed‘.
According to the APA, 18 to 33 year olds are more stressed than the rest of the US population (it was a US only study). The focus of their stress was mainly about work and money.
That really comes down to nothing but money, doesn’t it? Why are we so obsessed about making money though? Do we want a new car, more clothes, or a new house? Or, do we just want a pair of shoes, because we have none? Whatever the answer, the real reason we want more money is this:
Money equals options.
When you have more money, you have more options. When you have more options, you can meet more of your needs. And when your needs are met, you are less stressed, more relaxed, and life does move along more smoothly.
Lack of money in your life can be problematic, but will focusing on how much money you don’t have solve any problems? Or, will focusing on ways to make as much money as you can make more sense?
We always hear to follow your passion, and the money will come. And, as much as I agree with this, I also believe it can bankrupt you as well. I think a more profound, and more likely to succeed plan would be:
Do what you love until you are so good at it that others will pay you to learn what you know
If you love collecting antiques, become an expert on prices, and how to tell if something is fake, and where to find the best antiques, etc. Once you become the expert, share your knowledge. Both amateur and seasoned antique collectors will seek you out, and pay you for what you know.
Your knowledge is money. The time you take to build your own mind-database will always, always pay off. There is always an audience for anything you are a good at. And connecting with that audience leads to friendships. And friendships lead to opportunities. And guess what:
Opportunities equal options
Meet people in your field of interest to grow your resources, and your mind-database. The more you know, the more you grow. With the almost infinite amount of ways to meet people in this technological age, it’s easier than ever to connect. And if you can lay passion on top of what you know, you’ll be unstoppable.