That statement was stunning to me. Both in its wisdom and in its honesty. Most of us will never have a billion dollars, or even approach a billion dollars with all of our lifetime assets added up. Still, we dream of what it would be like and how amazing it would make our lives to have that much money. The lesson I got from Ted’s statement was “Don’t chase money – there is something better to pursue”. At the time of the interview, he didn’t seem like he had figured out what WAS worth pursuing – he just knew that money was not the answer.
I will admit that I’m partial to the dream chasers. Not the ones who chase hit songs because they will make them lots of money. I admire the dreamers who just chase the dream because, in chasing it, they are being true to who they are, and they are honouring their gifts. I admire them because getting the money from a hit song won’t change them. If they DO have a hit, they won’t stop chasing. If they DON’T have a hit, they won’t stop chasing. They have to chase the dream because the dream is who they are. If you want a challenge, take an hour this week to look at what you are chasing, because, in many ways, that defines who you are. Look at it honestly.
Are you chasing money? Fame? Acclaim? Or are you chasing the dream for the pure satisfaction of being true to your calling? An honest evaluation of those questions can change your life.