"What do you desire?
What makes you itch?
What sort of a situation would you like?
Let's suppose, (I do this often in vocational guidance of students. They come
to me and say, "well, uh, we're getting out of college and we haven't the
faintest idea of what we want to do.)
So I always ask the question:
What would you like to do if money were no object?
How would you really enjoy spending your life?
Well, it's so amazing as a result of our kind of educational system crowds of students
will say, "well, we'd like to be painters, we'd like to be poets, we'd like to be writers,
because everybody knows that you can't earn any money that way."
Another person says, "well I'd like to live an outdoors life and ride horses."
I said, "do you want to teach in a riding school?"
Let's go through with it, what do you want to do?
When we finally got down to something which the individual says he really wants to do,
I will say to him, "You do that, and forget the money...because if you say that
getting the money is the most important thing, You will spend your life...completely wasting
your time. You will be doing things you don't like doing in order to go on living - that is
to go on doing things you don't like doing - which is stupid."
Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, then a
long life spent in a miserable way.
And after all, if you do really like what you are doing, it doesn't matter what it is.
You can eventually become a master at it. The only way to become a master
at something is if you're really with it. And then you will be able to get a good fee
for whatever it is. So don't worry too much, everybody, somebody is interested in everything.
And anything you can be interested in, you can find others.
But it's absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don't like in order to go
on spending things you don't like/doing things you don't like, and to teach your
children to follow the same track.
What we are doing, is we are bringing up children in education, to live the same sort
of lives we're living.
In order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by
bringing up their children, to bring up their children to do the same things - so it's
all wretch and no vomit - it never gets there.
And so, therefore, it's so important to consider this question:
What do I desire?"
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