Tuesday, November 04, 2008

One Big Thing

As of this writing, only 7 people submitted responses to my survey. ­­­==========>

And I had waaaaay more hits on my website than that. So that tells me one of three things about those of you who did not respond:

  1. You are not willing to admit to the world that you are ignoring your debt.
  2. You don’t have any debt.
  3. You didn’t see the survey.

If it’s number 2, you are awesome. If it’s number 3, it’s ok – I won’t take offense. If it’s number 3, what are you waiting for? No matter how much you ignore it, you’ll have to deal with it sooner or later.

On with the blog post:

I went to an amazing jazz concert last night by The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. I have a personal connection to one of the main members of the Orchestra, Dick Oatts. He was a high school friend of my Dad’s. I remember “Friend Dick” coming over to our house a lot when I was little. I was always scared of Friend Dick and hid in the laundry basket whenever he stopped by for a visit. Anywaaaay…

Friend Dick is now a professional saxophone player and is quite famous among the New York City jazz scene. As I watched Friend Dick from the audience, I couldn’t help but be amazed at what he had accomplished. He was doing what he loved and making an obscene amount of money doing it.

Friend Dick was one of the lucky ones to have figured out what his “one big thing” is and went for it. What is your one big thing? What interest, activity or job do you have that is so exciting to you that you think about it every single day? What are you known for? How do you want people to remember you when you are gone?

If you don’t know what your “one big thing” is, I hope you figure it out before it’s too late. Mine is still developing . I feel so strongly about living without debt and the freedom it can give you, I want to help and guide others down that same path. At some point I hope to do even more outside of this blog, such as teaching Financial Peace University classes. The thing I like about my “one big thing” is that it’s not something that’s even going to make me any money - at least that’s not the plan. If your “one big thing” does bring you more money, you are one of the VERY lucky ones!

So start focusing on something you care strongly about. Don’t look at your life at the age of 40 or 50 and think, “Is this all the better it gets?”