When I woke up this morning, after finishing reading Crush it! by Gary Vaynerchuk, I wanted to ask this question to whatever I was doing:
Does it make me happy?
The reason for this question, is that I really believe what Gary Vaynerchuk preaches, that you should cash in on your passion. It sounds perfect to be able to work with your passion.
What exactly is your passion?
That’s a difficult question to answer.
Forget about money for a few minutes, and forget about work.
I believe it’s important that everything you do should be about making yourself or other people happy. If it doesn’t make you happy, why do it?
Well, sometimes you have to do things that doesn’t make you happy, like going to the dentist or attending school, or whatever. But, unless you have to do it, if it doesn’t make you happy, why do it?
It’s probably not as easy as it might sound, but let me try to explain what I’m talking about.
It’s 7 am, and I’m making sandwiches for my lunch. I’m watching them, just laying there, all wrapped and ready. I’m asking myself, “will the sandwiches making me happy?”
No, not at all. This is just something I do in order to get a cheap and ok lunch at work. Wouldn’t I be happier if I made a completely different lunch, something I really loved eating?
I can think of many things I could do for lunch that would be a lot more creative and a lot more interesting than the sandwiches I am currently staring at.
It’s Christmas, we’re all stressed out. We’re trying to buy the right gifts, the house must be clean, everything must be perfect. No, it doesn’t, what matters is that we are having fun and that we do stuff together, involve the kids, do stuff that we love. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Make a gingerbread house instead. I guarantee you that it won’t be perfect, but it will be a lot of fun.
The moral of the story?
If you only do things that makes you happy, you’ll end up being happy.