What are we really working for? – Trajan King

What are we really working for?

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Why do we put ourselves through the self-imposed trials of entrepreneurship?  I got thinking about this after a deep conversation with my 3 year old niece.  As I was leaving for work we had this conversion:

3 year old:  Where are you going?

Trajan: To the office.

3 year old: Why?

Trajan:  To work.

3 year old: Why?

Trajan: To make money.

3 year old: Why?

Trajan: So I can buy things?

3 year old: Why?

Trajan: So…I…uh…hmmm.

I got stuck there. This smart, little 3 year old made me stop and ponder: what am I really doing this all for?  It’s not really for the money to buy things.  It’s more than that.  Why do we put ourselves through the Trough of Sorrow and work so hard to make our dreams come true?

The answer is different for everyone and each of us must ask the question and state the answer.  If you can clearly state the answer to that question and believe it’s a good reason, remind yourself of what that reason is next time you have a tough time getting out of bed in the morning or find yourself working on a Saturday evening.

Write that motivating reason somewhere you’ll see it every day so every day you’re working for a purpose and not just going to the office to earn money to buy things.  That’s not a very lofty goal.  Working for a higher purpose will be much more motivating and more satisfying.

What’s your motivating reason for working?  Post it below.

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Trajan King

Hey hey. I'm Trajan. I'm a minimalist entrepreneur who loves exploring the world (42 countries), learning new things (7 languages) and trying to get better every day (working on my backsquat).

I write about entrepreneurship and building an optimized and happy life through systems, good habits and scientific research.

Join me and we'll discover how we can build businesses we can be proud of.

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  • That is funny dude, and so right. When I was at WDS, I heard John Acuff say he was talking to a kid and the topic was about having enough money to do everything. The kid goes “but you don’t need enough.. you just need some.” and BINGO. Adults think you need ENOUGH money for the life we love.. and kids think you just need SOME money. The truth is, there is never enough money.. and you can do ANYTHING with just some money. Take the focus off the big green monster and everything will turn to gold. 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing that Michael. I heard that a few years ago and it’s one of the best stories to really put things in perspective. I was actually looking for it written down somewhere, so thanks!

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Trajan King

Hey hey. I'm Trajan. I'm a minimalist entrepreneur who loves exploring the world (42 countries), learning new things (7 languages) and trying to get better every day (working on my backsquat).

I write about entrepreneurship and building an optimized and happy life through systems, good habits and scientific research.

Join me and we'll discover how we can build businesses we can be proud of.

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