The Most Powerful 3 Minute Message I’ve Seen In A Long Time

I was a tomboy as a child. Always outdoors – climbing trees, caked in mud, splashing through streams and constantly sporting grazed knees. My dream job would have involved the outdoors in some way (not sure what exactly) but I never gave it a second thought as – well – that wasn’t a real job, was it?

There is very little I can say to add to the message of this video. Wish I’d seen it when I was at school.

What do you think? Would this approach really work?

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  • Kate,

    Love this and a firm believer in this philosophy – thanks for sharing the inspiration!

    • KarenGuttridge

      Hi Kate :-) I think it should be essential viewing in all schools – would lead to many happy adults in the future!

  • danamallon

    I believe you can make a living and be financially stable doing what you love and want as long as you don’t give up. It’s worked for me. It’s never too late to ask ourselves, “What do I desire?” Great words to start off the day! Happy New Year!

    • KarenGuttridge

      Hi Dana :-) I agree that persistence and a refusal to be deterred by setbacks (which we all have!) is the key. If you have a true passion for something then keeping on going is easier. Glad you’re doing what you love! Happy New Year.

  • Beth Pipe

    I love the clip – and it’s so important to realise money really isn’t everything. Life is about choices – we downsized drastically a couple of years ago and have less money but more time and certainly a lot more fun!

    • KarenGuttridge

      I just think it’s a shame that many of us aim for our dreams after having slogged away for years in something we don’t enjoy. Wouldn’t it be great to start out that way?! :-)

  • Mark A Michael

    The message is perfect, when we quit trying to make money to do what we desire and do what we desire the money will come.

    • KarenGuttridge

      Definitely Mark – I think it just takes us so long to realise it. And to go for it. Guess we’re afraid of failing and we’re not quite able to see where the money will come from :-)

  • Victoria

    Fantastic Karen! Great message and so very true!

    • KarenGuttridge

      Glad it rang true for you! :-)

  • Debbie

    UBC My uncle told me that he met a man who asked him if he was retired. My uncle didn’t know what to say. The guy told him that if he loved what he was doing, that he was retired. My uncle then realized that he has always been retired. This is what I am trying to teach my kids.

    • KarenGuttridge

      A fabulous message for your kids! It would be great if we could all take the message onboard when we were young :-)

  • lwheelr

    I don’t entirely agree with the way he presents it. I do a lot of small business startup counseling, and it involves some similar concepts. Business has to make money, if it does not, there is no point. People have to eat also, so while you are becoming an expert at what you love, you may sling a lot of hamburgers. In every job you love, there are also things you hate to do – but if you get it right, the parts you love make the parts you hate worth it. I teach people to start with what they love, and explore all the ways they can earn from that, and then simplify it down into something they can afford to do as a bootstrap business. There’s always a way, but you have to love it enough to get up and keep doing it even when it seems like it isn’t giving you what you want, and to keep trying again and again.

    • KarenGuttridge

      Some very good points. I think one of the key outcomes of following your heart is that it’s much easier to keep going when there’s absolutely no sign that it will ever be worth it. I also think that when someone is passionate about something, it’s quite obvious and their sheer enthusiasm can persuade you to choose them over all others (if it was a business, say). But I agree with your comments – the video is simplistic – I view it as a timely prompt for us all to look at how we really handle life, career choice and parenthood :-)

  • Cheri

    Certainly this is a great philosophy, though I think it does not give full credence to the idea that there is an awful lot of *work* that has to go into a successful life of any sort, and work is not always pleasurable. Still, if we could all be putting our work efforts into something truly meaningful to us, I’m pretty sure the world would be a happier and healthier place.

    • KarenGuttridge

      Hi Cheri :-) I agree with your point about work but think that the closer our ‘work’ is aligned to our true passions then the happier we will be along with being less likely to view it as ‘work’ ;-)