The Best Career Advice You’ll Ever Get

Alan Watts | Bold Academy

After listening to this short video, it’s apparent that 1) Alan Watts knew what he was talking about, and 2) he was ahead of his time. It’s proof that a good idea along with some patience and time will spread to those who are ready for it.

Here’s a transcript from the video:
What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situaion would you like?

Let’s suppose – I do this often in vocational guidence of students. They come to me and say, “Well, uh, we’re getting out of college, and we haven’t the faintest idea of what we want to do.”

So I always ask the question, “What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?”

Well, it’s so amazing. As a result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say, “Well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers. But as everybody knows you can’t earn any money that way.”

Or another person says, “I’d like to live an out-of-doors life and ride horses.”

I said, “Do you want to teach at a riding school? Let’s go through with it. What do you want to do?”

When we finally got down to something which the individual says he really wants to do. I will say to him, “you do that, and forget the money. Because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You will be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing. Which is STUPID! Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.”

And after all, if you do really like what your’e doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way to become a master of something, to be really with it. And then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much. Somebody’s interested in everything. And anything you can be interested in, you’ll find others who are.

But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like in order to go on doing things you don’t like and to teach your children to follow in the same track. See, what we’re doing is we’re bringing up children, and educating them to live the same sort of lives we’re living in order that they may justify themselves and find satisfaction in life by bringing up their children to bring up their children to do the same thing. It’s all wretch and no vomit. It never gets there!

And so therefore it’s so important to consider this question. “What do I desire?”


  • Tim Hwang October 23, 2012 at 7:51 PM Reply

    I desire to be more of me – fully.

    • Paul Oakes October 24, 2012 at 6:29 PM Reply

      You are unique just like the rest of us ;-)

  • Angela White November 3, 2012 at 12:23 AM Reply

    My desire, to share with you all the open hearted and loving wisdom once discovered, summoned and intuited. Here is Alan Watts: wry, intelligent and husky in both voice and soul! Awhooo- Big Wolf Howl-Listen.

  • Shreerang Vaidya November 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM Reply

    Something to think about…

  • Brian M. Hays November 29, 2012 at 3:23 AM Reply

    This is great. It's something that has been on the tip of my tongue. It's a conversation I've had with countless friends, but have never put so simply.

  • Mark Jenkins December 11, 2012 at 3:17 PM Reply

    "What do I desire, what makes me itch…But it’s absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like in order to go on doing things you don’t like and to teach your children to follow in the same track"…. Well Worth viewing – Allen Watts – the Bold Institute.

  • Bone Fish December 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM Reply

    Wonderful transcript. But I think it's "It’s all retch and no vomit", which makes a whole different point…. good work anyway. It's shared.

  • Kami Ayyub February 15, 2013 at 9:11 AM Reply

    Thanks for this career advice and such peaces of advices will help to make yourself on right path. providing jobs in rawalpindi.

  • Jack Mills February 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM Reply

    "You are are a slave to money then You die" – The Verve.

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