Do you believe there is more to life than money?
A good reminder of this very question is to look to the NFL. It is currently free agency, a time were teams sign, or release players to their rosters, it is also a time when players retire from the game. It’s been an interesting year so far, as 3 players under 30 years old have walked away from millions. Just retired, gave up what we thought they loved to do.
But how do you do it? How do you live like there is more to life than money?
Don’t get trapped in your own head
Face it we don’t get to walk away from a job paying millions of dollars, most people are in jobs they don’t enjoy. But, why are we so focused on obtaining wealth? We put this in our head, that there is a standard way to live our lives. We all want to retire rich, so that we can do what?
We question the very athletes who do retire, asking what happened and why they would just walk away. We don’t for a second think there are stronger reasons than the allure and fame of all that money.
There are things in life you can’t put a monetary value on. These retired athletes realize this.
Just because you have always done things a certain way or went to school for a specific job doesn’t mean you can’t do something different. Who says you can’t live in Europe for a year while renting out your home. Or what about taking a job doing something really fun, but in a location you have never been? America is great, but it is so easy to get caught up in all things “American dream,” when we should strive to be different.
I dream of one day being able to work with clients remotely so I can travel and enjoy life not behind a desk.
What do you want your life to look like?
Make a list of things that matter to you. Look at it everyday to force yourself to remember what you would like to be doing. It doesn’t matter if you are a million dollar athlete or full time employee of a corporation the money you make, or save doesn’t go with you into the grave. There are more important things in life. The biggest reason million dollar athletes such as the NFL under 30 players who retired, realize this. They gave everything up to pursue what they are passionate about.
How many times do we get caught up in comparing ourselves, or trying to make lots of money. Not focusing on the things that matter to us. Instead, we look out and wonder why everyone has it better.
If these athletes can walk away and do something that radically changes the world in a good way, then why can’t we do the same?
Sure, you need money to do certain things, but what is really stopping you from pursuing making an impact in the world?
So I’ll ask again, do you believe there is more to life than money?