I bet that there is a high possibility that you know much less about yourself than you think.
How do I know? Well because answering one of the most popular self-help/motivational “questions” is actually very, very, VERY HARD! The question is:
“What would you do if money was no longer an issue”?
Have you ever tried to answer this question? If you never have I must warn you, it’s difficult!
Try it! Go ahead (I’ll wait), close your eyes and take the next 5-mins and think about what you would do if you never had to pay bills again.
READY! Set the timer (on your phone) for 5-mins and go….
Did you come up with a satisfying answer?
If you did congratulations you have just discovered your life’s purpose…
However, if your answer was less than satisfying, it’s OK (most people have a hard time with this question), it just means you need to learn more about yourself. Because the question has nothing to do with money, it’s about TIME. The question is really asking:
What would you DO with yourself if you had nothing but TIME on your hands for the next 30-to-70 years?
Would you stay at your current job? Why or why not?
How would you spend your time?
Would you become an artist? What about a musician? Would you go back to school to finish that degree? Would you complete an Ironman? Would you enter a body building competition? Would you start a charity, if so, for what purpose? Would you finally take your hobby to the next level? Would you write a book? Or would you just lie on the beach all day every day?
The more you think about this question the more complex it becomes. But don’t worry; there is no right or wrong answer. It is your life; it is not up to me or anyone else to tell you what you should do. All you should be concerned with is, what makes you happy.
So again ask yourself – If money was not an issue, what would make you happy?
I ask myself this question all the time and I still don’t have a completely satisfying answer yet. Don’t get me wrong, I would definitely enjoy myself but if I am honest, about what makes me happy it’s having a sense of PURPOSE. We are not meant to merely exist, we are made to CREATE, EVOLVE, IMPROVE, and have a life of MEANING. We are meant to chase HAPPINESS. So while my answers are not completely satisfying (always happy, never satisfied) I do have some answers, I know I would continue to pursue the world of self-improvement but too what level and/or what platform, I am still not sure. But that’s why I always ask myself this question, because every time I answer it I learn something about myself.
And I bet that if you constantly ask yourself “what makes me happy?’ you will continue to learn something about YOU. The more you learn about yourself the easier this question becomes. And the easier this question becomes the more you learn about what makes you happy.
OK, if you are still having a hard time answering this question I can give you one critical piece of information that is guaranteed to help you learn everything you can about yourself.
This crucial tip is – ask yourself WHY? Ask it all the time!!! Why are you currently doing what you are doing? Why do you like the things you like? Why are you making the choices you are making? Asking yourself WHY, gives you an all access pass to your inner-self.
There you have it, ask yourself WHY and learn everything you can about what makes you happy!