The teachings of the British philosopher, writer and speaker Alan Watts remain ever-popular. As an advocate of Zen Buddhism, Watts spent his time applying ancient concepts to modern day life. He was one of the first to introduce such concepts to the Western youth culture of the 50’s and 60’s. And even now, his lectures resonate with many, including those who may not be spiritual, yet are seeking guidance or direction in their lives.
This video poses the question, ‘what do you desire?’ Deep-down each of us has something that makes us ‘itch’, as Watts describes it. We each have a passion for something, a dream of what we might like to happen in our lives. We may not share this with others in fear of being laughed at or even worse, failing. But as the endless proverbial statements tell us, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger or similar. Many have even used failure as a learning experience and gone on to do great things, shocking I know.
This video poses the question, ‘what would you like to do if money were no object?’ This is something that Watts asked college students looking for vocational guidance. Perhaps this is something that recent graduates or soon-to-be recent graduates should be asking themselves. The reason being is, if you like doing something then you’re more likely to work hard at it and be successful in that field.
It’s also something that those interested in a career change might be interested in. Because, as Watts explains, if you spend enough time doing something, you can become ‘a master of it’. It isn’t too late.
Money shouldn’t be your driving force according to Watts, because if that’s the case you’re likely to be just biding your time, going through the motions, with no big finale. You’re doing something you don’t like doing to be able to repeat that process. Some people may not like hearing that. But think of it this way, it is possible to make good money doing something you like doing too, especially if you’ve become a master of it.
You may not be convinced and think this kind of thinking is impractical. I mean, just because you enjoy playing Sunday league football doesn’t mean you can be the next football superstar. But really, we can all take away something from this video. You might rather become a football coach if we were to use the above example again. Or even more simply - if you just like chatting to people then you might be better suited to a customer-oriented job.
Even if you’re averse to following your dreams it’s still possible to assess a few things you like doing in life and apply it practically.