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WHAT IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT?

The philosopher Alain de Botton tells a lovely story about the Sunday night blues: that time when the creep of melancholy steals over the Monday-Friday worker, when you think about the week ahead and feel, well, not entirely joyful.

On speaking about career crises at a TED conference, the engaging, entertaining de Botton says:

“Often on a Sunday evening, just as the sun is starting to set…the gap between my hopes for myself and the reality of my life start to diverge so painfully that I normally end up weeping into a pillow.”

De Botton gets a laugh from the audience at this because ...

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13 Comments

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    Valerie Parv

    Inspirational advice, thanks. I used both the “drawing God” and “who is creative” elements in an old book, The Idea Factory, as well as the story of the man who told his doctor and said he was thinking of going back to uni and studying law, adding, “The problem is, I’ll be 68 before I graduate.”
    The doctor asked him, “How old will you be if you don’t study?” I didn’t care what job I did as long as I could work with words. Started out writing advertising copy for a hardware company, the first step to following my dream. I left school at 15 and got my MA five years ago. It’s never too late.

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    Belinda

    Thank you for this inspirational article. I recently viewed the the video through a podcast I follow on Facebook. I am at a spot in my life (stay at home of a 2 y.o) where I am readdressing what direction I wish to take and it is articles like this that make me try and remember what those previous passions and dreams were.

    Lately I’ve been remembering my love of writing and storytelling as well as the passing on of wisdom and knowledge. If money was no object I would be writing books and scripts, making movies and have a beautiful country retreat where people could get away, learn or just kickstart something new.

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    Lauren

    I am pleased to say that I recently took one more step to accomplishing my dream. I always wanted to be a writer, and I just finished NaNoWriMo, where you write a 50,000 word novel in a month :)

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    Janet G

    Why do many college seniors not think that they are creative? I think it is caused by an education system that relies upon examination results rather than research, exploration and an ability to absorb the risk of failure knowing that the experience is invaluable.

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    Rosie

    Yes but it will be 10,000 hours of something you love. Imagine that.
    I am a master at what I do, a designer and dressmaker. I would say a couturier but I am not French.
    And I will always love it and it keeps me healthy and happy.
    Now I am onto my next venture of mastering. Wish me well.

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    ro.watson

    I wish you well Rosie. I have on occasion made things~ like a faux fur waist coat with leopard faux long sleeved gloves~ mixing with nipple jooje message~ in amongst where drag queens dare to saunter in Perth as part of an AIDS benefit. And on or around Christmas in the 1980′s ,I dressed up as a pantomine cow in black, white hessian on cardboaard to entertain the women at Greeham Common, England over Christmasxx.

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    Shiralee

    The said thing is that as we get older we are told our dreams etc are stupid and a waste of time. Thats why we all have such low estem.

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    ro.watson

    We need more safety pins.

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    ro.watson

    Meant Greenwich.

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    ro.watson

    Greeenwich/Deptford is a place on the Thames River where the convict hulk boats stayed until they were sent to~ yoo hoo, Australia. I wish all those who have escaped persecution and tyrannny and arrived in a safe place~peace and goodwill~ and warning such greetings are not always avaialble here,but that does not mean you are not welcome..

  • Reply November 30, 2012

    ro.watson

    ….and of course I meant “tyranny”….

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