I started chasing “the carrot” right out of college. The carrot I was chasing (it’s different for everybody) was money…and lot’s of it. I wanted to be able to travel the world freely, experience other cultures, meet people around the world, and document it for others to see. So what did I do instead? I started selling real estate as I figured it would get me the money I needed to finally do what I loved most.
So I thought…
Unfortunately, I was chasing the proverbial carrot. I started making great money and then I started to see the carrot dangled a little bit further, then a little bit more. I kept chasing that carrot, all the while missing out on what mattered most to me…seeing the world and showing it to others.
I thought that after I reached a certain level of financial success I would have made it, things would be different at that level of success, and I could do what I really loved. But nothing changed, even as I hit each level of so-called success.
In fact, during my time chasing the carrot I had a chance to work with National Geographic in a very limited way, but there wasn’t as much money to be made and I was starting to make really good money in real estate. I lost out on a potentially amazing opportunity because I was chasing that carrot.
Below is a simple but powerful video, with audio from Alan Watts. Certain aspects really resonated with me as I look back on that carrot-chasing time in my life.
The first line in the video hit me the hardest (after I watched the whole thing of course). Alan states, “In music, one doesn’t’ make the end of the composition the point.” Yet I was making the end goal, lots of money, the point of my life. In the end though, I would rather die with more stories than money. Chasing that carrot I saw was not helping me walk my talk.
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