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What Makes You Itch?

American studies have revealed that 80% of us do not enjoy our work.  That is a staggering number of unhappy people in the workplace.  Warren Buffett once said, “Doing work you don’t love just to build a resume is like saving sex for old age.”  His bluntness has quite the eye-opening effect.  Why do we toil away doing work we don’t enjoy – thinking that, we will “pay our dues” and one day be allowed to do work we love? The below video is a must-watch 3 minutes of inspiration and motivation from Alan Watts regarding pursuing your passions.  Enjoy the video and the transcript below, and happy hunting.

As a result of our education system, children think they have to pick something they want to do in life just for the money. If you say that money is the most important thing in life, then you spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to be living – to go on doing things you don’t like doing. Better to have a short life full of things you like you doing, then a long life you hate. And at any rate, if you’re doing something you love, you will find a way to live from it..so don’t worry too much about that.
 
It’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like in order to go on doing things you don’t like – and to teach your children to follow in the same track – to do the same thing. See what we’re doing is bringing up children and educating them to do the same thing we’re doing. It’s all wretch and no vomit.
And so therefore it’s SO important to consider this question: What do I Desire? 
 
But reading the words don’t do it justice – Enjoy the video: 

About Alan Watts:
Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Watts became an Episcopal priest but left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California, where he joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies.

Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism. Watts proposed that Buddhism could be thought of as a form of psychotherapy and not just a religion.  His legacy has been kept alive by his son, Mark Watts, and by many of his recorded talks and lectures that have found new life on the Internet.

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