Do What You Love

Adam Baker, founder of Man Vs. Debt, gave a TED talk titled “Sell your crap. Pay your debt. Do what you love.” I loved listening to what he had to say for many reasons, but mostly because he brought to light several concepts that all tie in together, and these concepts are ones I’ve been pondering more and more and trying to grasp.

Do what you love. It’s the only way you are really going to thrive! The concept is that simple. Adam talks about the importance of setting your own goals, and your own definition of freedom to you as an individual, or as a family. Because if you don’t, there are plenty of people and companies and media out there to give you a cookie-cutter template for what your goals should be for your life: go to school, get a job, get married, buy a house, buy more stuff, have the latest gadgets, retire wealthy, etc. It kinda makes me shutter!

When he talked about one of their personal goals being to go backpacking through Australia with their one year old daughter, my heart flipped. That was an assumption I had just accepted, that once I’m married and start having kids, I’m tied down to one place and can’t really travel anymore. Assumption = Myth = Busted!! To me there is so much freedom in the acknowledgement that if it’s important to me, I can do it. Regardless of how practical or probable it is. I can home school my kids and take them on road trips across the states, or even through Europe for some “field studies” if I wanted to! Sure there are always costs and compromises, but if that experience means more to me that owning a brand new car, for example, then that’s my choice to make! Doing what you love is all about deciding what’s most important to you.

I hope to write more on this topic as I’m discovering how to break out of that model of life that I’ve just accepted for so long, and what freedom really is to me. But for now, you should listen to Adam’s talk! What I’ve mentioned above is just a small highlight of what he has to share:

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