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Make Sure You’re Happy

Whatever you decide to do make sure it makes you happy. – Paulo Coelho

Because I work in a school, I see a lot of kids on a daily basis trying to decide what they want to do with the rest of their life.  In fact, I have two kids of my own who are struggling with the same issue.  They’re figuring it out, and in my mind, they’ve figured out the most important thing.  It’s not something the kids at school have caught on to yet.  You have to make sure you’re happy!

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When I talk with kids at school about career choices and their future, they only care about one thing.   Their mantra tends to be “Show me the money.”  Now don’t get me wrong, money is awesome, and I love money.  In fact, money kind of rocks. But you don’t choose a career based upon how much money you can make.  Because that old adage of money not buying happiness is 100% true.

I’m super fortunate, I love my job.  I don’t get paid a lot but I do love what I do.  In an ideal world, I’d get paid a lot of money to do this job, but that’s not the way it worked out.  Teaching generally isn’t at the top of the pay scale, which is a shame, but that’s the way it is.  I sit and listen to these kids tell me they’re going to be basketball stars, or rap stars, and that’s great.  There is only one small problem with their plan.  Not everybody gets to be a sports star, or a rap star.  I’m all for having dreams and goals….but a certain degree of talent tends to be needed as well.

So make your plans, and and set your goals, but make sure those goals and plans are leading you toward happiness.  Because at the end of the day, when all is said and done, you need to make sure you’re happy.


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