It’s cool to be content – but don’t allow that to keep you from continually reaching for your long-term goals. Complacency means you’ve just given up and are accepting this is as good as it gets. Be content while also staying in the driver’s seat to move toward the life of your dreams – the life being lived by the people I tell about in this episode.
Episode #838 July 08, 2022
Hi this is Dan Miller – and yes you’re listening to the 48 Days Radio show – where each week we take 48 minutes to dive into real life questions about finding your passion, deciding what kind of life you want to live – and then finding or creating work that allows you to show up every day, excited to be able to do something that is meaningful, fulfilling – and profitable. This is where normal, indecision and ambiguity come to die. Welcome to the 48 Days Radio Show.
Thank you for being a listener of this podcast. I love hearing from you and being allowed to think through the questions we all have about finding or creating work that matters, for people who care.
Dan, what’s wrong with me?
I received a note from a listener after last week’s podcast asking if you could come up with 20 ideas to make money without having a job. The listener writes: “What’s wrong with me? Remember that idea I had for an invention that had to do with guitars? I’ve still not acted on that. Maybe my contentment is holding me back.
There is a difference between contentment and complacency. Contentment is really a good thing. It’s being happy and satisfied regardless of your situation.
But you can be content and still continuously improving to reach your long-term goals.
Complacency, on the other hand, is accepting the inevitability of where you are and being willing to just stay there.
Are you living your life too small?
A 36-year-old MBA shared in a coaching application once, “I have a vague sense that my life is too small.”
Living large doesn’t necessarily mean a bigger salary, finer house or cars. It means having a life that’s full of making and purpose. That can occur no matter where you are economically.
If you have that nagging sense that you’re living life too small, maybe it’s time to take a look.
Here are 7 things to look at to determine if you’re living your life too small
- Identify 4 or 5 ideas you had for a better job or business in the last month?
- Name 3 things you did to help someone out with no expectation of payback.
- List the books you read or podcasts you listened to that enlightened your spirit, increased your confidence or gave you more knowledge and wisdom.
- How many hours did you spend in quiet contemplation?
- What are 2 or 3 things you did in the last month that you’ve never done before.
- What are the concerts, art shows, seminars, workshops or other enriching experiences you’ve had in the last month?
- What are 2 or 3 things you did to strengthen the relationships that mean the most to you?
Why are people continuing to leave their jobs?
Chase Bank started tracking what their employees are doing during the day via a tracking software.
We are now in the 11th month where over 4 million people have left their jobs.
80% of employees who do have jobs right now say they are experiencing rising stress.
Workers who haven’t joined The Great Resignation are tired and annoyed because as people leave, the workload is being dumped on those who stay, so they are feeling overworked and underappreciated.
People are looking for a blend of work and play. They want flexibility and time with family.
How can you design the life you want to live?
I’m not trying to talk everyone into leaving their job and becoming an entrepreneur. That is not the answer for everyone. But if you have that urge, please don’t feel trapped in what you’re doing. There are so many options out there.
What’s the quickest way to being rich?
Derek Sivers, owner of CD Baby says he become rich at 22 years old when he made the decision to quit his job and do what he loved, being a musician.
We have the freedom to decide for ourselves what it means to be content – what it means to be rich?
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