You want a big salary and a luxurious lifestyle with minimum hassle, right?
Go ahead and imagine how life would be. An endless flow of cash, no worries in the world plus no time commitments. How would life be different? What would you do different?
Sooner or later, everyone realizes that they can only eat so much until they feel full, drink so much until they feel sick and party so hard until they want to sleep for one week straight.
That is when the magic happens. That is when people start asking the real questions. Questions such as “What does this life mean?”, “What am I supposed to do here?” and so on. You do not need to wait until you are sick with partying and working until you ask yourself these critical questions.
This article is not meant to provoke an existential crisis – rather to challenge the established beliefs that more is better, that money is everything that we want (to make life perfect) and that freedom equals financial freedom.
Here are 5 direct, piercing questions which will get you thinking about your real priorities, your beliefs and what you are doing with your life…
Hard Question #1 – Do You Actually Enjoy (mostly) What You Are Doing?
In this day and age, it is incredibly easy to lie to yourself. I know I am doing sometimes – and when I realize it I stumble in horror. How many times have I done this and where did it lead me?
Due to social pressure it is very easy to succumb to actions which are not really ours – and follow directions which do not really resonate with yourself. Social standards have us chasing money, cars, possessions and status – and while we are busy chasing them we wonder why we feel so empty, so depressed and unmotivated.
I am not advocating hedonism in any way – living one’s life only to enjoy pleasures. There are times in which we have to buckle up and do some things which are not necessarily pleasant, easy or quick. However, the question is if you “mostly” enjoy what you are doing.
To approximate things in a numerical way, think about 80% of things you do – do you spend the majority of time doing things which you enjoy? Things you care about? Things which have some sort of impact?
If you do, that’s great. If you don’t, that’s great as well – because you can fix it. The only thing you need to do is REALLY listen to yourself and do what you know is right.
Hard Question #2 – What Would You Do If…?
Although this type of question might be labeled as “wishful thinking”, I assure you that some of the most productive time you can spend is daydreaming about various possible scenarios and the outcomes of them.
I am not suggesting you should start scheming against your boss or coworkers – instead, use some “wishful thinking” questions to get past your limiting beliefs, paradigms and thoughts. For example, questions such as:
“What would I do if I had unlimited amounts of money and time?”
“What would I do if I were to die tomorrow/in 6 months/in a year?”
“What would I do if I had to start again from scratch, with a different identity in a foreign country?”
If you focus enough on these questions you are guaranteed to discover some incredible answers which will blow your mind away. Invest the necessary time to think about these – it will be worth it.
Hard Question #3 – What Really Matters To You?
Why do you get up in the morning? It is a simple question which asks for more complex answers rather than just “I have to”.
This reminds me of the most important question you can ask yourself. It is similar in the sense that it makes you question what is it you are really working for and how do you want to live your life.
Basically, this means clarifying your values and living them fully. If you do not know what your values are, look at what you are doing on a daily basis – that is the real reflection of what you care about.
The things in which you invest the most time, energy and money are your values.
Hard Question #4 – What Sort Of Contribution Are You Making?
Some of the smartest people in the world often think of their death. They are thinking in terms of “What am I leaving behind?” or “What impact am I having on the world?”.
You do not need to be hyper-intelligent nor uber-rich or successful to address these questions to yourself. The sooner you do, the better.
I am not talking just about the contribution you are making to the company you are working for. How does their product impact the world? How do you impact the world by investing your money in the things you buy and promote? What sort of “legacy” do you want to leave behind?
These are serious questions with serious consequences – if you ponder them enough.
Hard Question #5 – Does “More” Equals Freedom?
We are brainwashed into thinking that “more” is better. More money, more happiness and more stuff will make us enjoy life more – right?
Except that this is not always the case. First, you need to clarify what freedom means to you – and whether or not this includes having responsibilities, possessions (which require time and attention) and so on.
Does more money really mean more freedom? If so, in what context? If not, in which situations?
Does more stuff make you more happy? If so, which one of them more specifically? If not, which one of them exactly?
If you invest enough time, attention and energy in answering these questions in a honest way I guarantee you will change your life for the better. Also, we can help you make these answers a reality.