If I walked up to you right now and gave you a choice: either $1 Million for you to stay in NYC for a year, or to move away to pursue your passion, would you chose to have the money in cash or through bank transfer?
You get the joke, but believe it or not, this guy turned down a $1 Million contract from one of the largest advertising agencies in NY and chose to keep on traveling and backpacking throughout the world. Now most would ask if the guy was nuts or out of his mind, and that’s fine because most people live lives they hate and spend money they don’t have to please people they don’t like. It’s the few who manage to make a difference in the world, it’s the crazy ones that come up with the next big thing and it’s the fools who teach us the greatest lessons in life.
This resonates so well with Steve Jobs’ quote:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
There is more to life than just money. When you are on your deathbed, your last wishes or regrets will not be that you made $1 million instead of $2 million, it won’t be that you bought a yacht instead of five. Your last regrets will be about the great opportunities you missed to enjoy life to the fullest; the travels you didn’t get into, the countries you didn’t see, the people you didn’t meet and the legacy you wished you could leave the world with.
We should all be challenging ourselves, thinking outside the box, going outside of our comfort zones and doing whatever makes us happy (besides cocaine). Life is too short to be spending your life counting dollars. Get out there and do what you want do and never settle for less than what you wish for.
Check out the video of Jerome Jarre, the absolutly crazy guy who turned down a million dollars to show us what life is really worth.
Photo Credit: Jerome Jarre