We’re told this by every inspirational adage in the book: to do what we love, not what quickly puts a million in the bank. Strangely, it’s rare to actually hear this from professors in this day and age—or maybe we’ve just never heard it said this eloquently.
This three-minute video stars an excerpt from the late British philosopher and professor Alan Watts’s lectures, juxtaposed against pianist Ludovico Einaudi’s work “Divenire”. It was pieced together by the YouTube channel tradgedyandhope.
Watts claims that when students come to him for guidance toward the end of college, he often asks what they’d do if money was no object. He makes a rather obvious point, really: Watts argues that there’s no point working a high paying job that you can’t stand if the purpose is simply to make more money and continue living said lifestyle. It should be a no-brainer, and yet most people don’t seem to have a handle on that idea.
“Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way,” he says. “And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is… you can eventually become a master at it.”
From that mastery comes all the money you’ll need, says Watts. And if it doesn’t follow in the free-flowing fashion we all aspire to, perhaps that’s not the worst thing.