What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. –Bob Dylan

Does your intuition nudge you to pursue happiness over money?

What matters most money or happiness?

Do you fear following to your intuition to do what you love? Are you unsure as to whether, “the money will follow?”

“There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?”
–Warren Buffett

Watch this inspiring video narrated by Steven Jobs & Alan Watts. You may change your mind:

Steve Jobs – Alan Watts – Follow Your Heart from Ahmet Ersöz on Vimeo.

Each day we are bombarded with information telling us to “go after our dreams” but, our fear of letting go of security stops us.

The reality is that we need food, shelter and access to healthcare, all of which require money, in order to survive.

So, how do you start living the life you dream of while still “surviving in the real world?”

Warren Buffett has some terrific advice for young people just beginning their career journey:

“I tell college students to take the job you would take if you were independently wealthy.” –Warren Buffet

What if you are not just starting out? What if you have a mortgage, family and piles of bills to pay each month?

Is there any way to create a fulfilling life without making money the focus of your life?

How to let your intuition nudge you toward happiness and put money in perspective:

1. Realize that “money” is not the problem. Money is only an exchange of energy. Years ago people exchanged goods and services in order to survive. It’s much more convenient to pull paper money out of your pocket than a goat.

“When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.” –Wayne Dyer

2. The grass is always greener on the other side. If we don’t have money we soon find out we need it to survive and acquire the basic necessities in life. And when we do have money, many times we are doing jobs we don’t like. Neither extreme is healthy.

“There is only one class in the community that things more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. the poor can think of nothing else.” –Oscar Wilde

3. Come to terms with the fact that you do need money to survive in the physical world. Endeavor to find a job you can do without getting an ulcer over having to face it day after day.

“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.” –Henry David Thoreau

4. To find the job or to create one that you love you must begin to allow your intuition to guide you. If you learn how to listen to your own inner wisdom it will guide step by step each day toward making decisions in the direction of greater happiness and fulfillment.

Use this intuitive barometer to make all your decisions: If you feel energized and enthused by something – it’s a yes! If you feel dread and drained of energy just thinking about something – that’s a big NO GO!

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art. –Andy Warhol.

5. Make time to meditate every day. Go within to listen to your inner voice. Only by listening to this inner guidance – your intuition – will you know what steps to take to move your life back on the track of greater fulfillment.

“I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.” –Warren Buffett

6. Before making any decisions, taking a new job or otherwise, ask yourself if this action is moving you in the direction of more fulfillment in your life or away from it? If it moves you further away from happiness and fulfillment, allow yourself 48 hours to review your decision before committing to it.

There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else. –Andrew Carnegie

7. Accept that sometimes you will make decisions based on your pocketbook because you need to pay the bills. As long as the majority of the decisions you make in life lead you toward greater fulfillment and happiness, rather than in the single-minded pursuit of money and security, that’s fine and as it should be.

“It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money. –Albert Camus

Have you allowed your intuition to lead you or has money been a driving force behind your career choices?

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