My girlfriend asked me an interesting question… I had just expounded on my plans for the AimforAwesome.com blog – a new template and logo… branding… focus… and she is so incredibly helpful with anything internet that it blows me away everytime I ask for her opinion on things. She intuitively KNOWS what works from a visual and user standpoint. How does she know? I haven’t the slightest idea.
I have been working online since 1997 when I decided that psychological counseling wasn’t for me. I was the counselor – not the counselee as some of you are thinking.
I learned DOS, and then quickly jumped headfirst into break-fix and got a bunch of Microsoft certifications. Since 1998 I’ve been seriously involved in all aspects of online marketing, sales, optimization and things.
I think I know a lot of stuff. But, everytime i run something by my girlfriend she disagrees with my view and usually – 85% of the time, she is correct and I go with her opinion.
So, we’re sitting at an outdoor shop eating khao tom moo – and she asks me, “Why do people read personal development blogs?”
Huh? It hit from left field as it’s just a natural thing that Americans do. We want to improve the quality of our life… we’re unhappy on the inside – most of us. We’re sick of life in the way it exists. We want that elusive happiness that we’re always told about – but that in truth only exists inside us when we change what we think we need.
As I thought about it – wow… Thais don’t need this. They don’t need cheered up. They aren’t insecure about what they ‘are’ as people.
They are basically happy with their lives – whatever they’re doing. I saw it as unambitious before. Now I see it as normal. American’s are so damn worked up about achievement and getting more than we have that we’re missing the whole point of life. It’s here… it’s passing by… this IS the game. The game isn’t later when we’re making 200K per year usd. THIS is the game and this is life. If you’re not happy now you won’t be happy later.
Get happy now.
It was a great morning and has been all day since she said that…