When my son graduated from college, I wrote a congratulatory note inspired by the author Sidney Greenberg that said:
“It is more important to know how to make a life than a living.”
I’m sure he would have appreciated a BMW more! Who wouldn’t?
But the greatest gift we can give to our children, to those we love or for that matter to ourselves is the reminder that making a living and making a life are not the same thing.
We tend to connect a happy life with money, but tens of thousands of psychologists and psychiatrists will tell you that money doesn’t insure happiness.
A recent Gallop study found that the average American by his or her own admission was happy if they earned around $75,000 a year. After that, happiness did not proportionately increase with their income no matter how high it went.
Rabbi Greenberg leads us to this — “The indispensible requirement for mastering life is mastering ourselves. We learn to live when we learn to give.”
As a Professor of Music Industry at the University of Southern California I was asked by graduating students: “How can I be successful and make a lot of money?”
Just work hard at being excellent doing something for which you have a great passion.
Ironically, the richest people may have money but they don’t always know how to make a life.
We can make that adjustment today.
Pursue passions not dollars.
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