What is a life without dreams

Why it is important to live your dream and not chase the money

Ever since I arrived in Vienna, I've heard that we doctors don't get paid enough for our work. It is true. In relation to our expertise, which we have acquired painstakingly over the nights in studies and work, and the sacrifices we make with little free time or time with the family, as well as our responsibility that we have to bear towards our patients every day, in fact we earn too little.

This fact often leads many of us to take a part-time job in addition to our medical work in order to meet our financial expectations - a vicious circle in which making money becomes a priority. Don't get me wrong, money is a fantastic resource. However, I am concerned as more and more people are falling into the "money trap" instead of focusing on what could really bring them fulfillment.

Dream and reality

I was fortunate enough to experience both prosperity and living with very limited financial means and thereby learn an important lesson: Once you realize that there is a lot more about making your dreams come true than constantly chasing the money, tapping into it All of a sudden, completely new prospects for success.

It is one thing to see people on the street dressing well, driving expensive cars and going to fancy restaurants - but nobody sees how these people do at home. Social media platforms can also easily give the impression that everyone is leading an incredibly great and exciting life - but the reality is different. In fact, most of us are chronically unhappy.

This is a huge problem, although it could be solved very easily - with an open mind that is constantly supplied with high quality content. Basically, I also say this to my students and young doctors.

Live the dream

If something is particularly important to you - like your dream - and you give everything for it, success will ultimately come. In addition, through your success, you create value for others - value that can very easily become money. The quickest way to make money is not to focus on how to earn it, but on how to "create" it.

This "making money" requires a big dream, a passion and the absolute conviction that you will succeed with your plan. How is that supposed to work? Well, the skills to achieve a dream can be learned, so they are not a requirement to begin with. If you now have the impression that I would imagine all of this to be fairly simple, it is probably because I actually do it. I've always believed that success is easy - provided you start somewhere and consistently train your mind and spirit every day.

Start all over again

One of the things I love about money is its ability to show people's real face. For example, if someone wins the lottery but doesn't have the appropriate attitude to add value to the win, he or she will almost certainly lose everything again soon. This is because, once you have made money by following a dream (that is, you have taken the realistic path), you can achieve this again - even if you have already lost everything the next day . Starting from scratch would not be so difficult in this case. You already know how to achieve your goal, so you just have to do what you're passionate about again in order to rebuild your wealth.

Especially because you can lose all your money so quickly from one day to the next, it is important to always concentrate on your dream - everything else will fall into place.

Real happiness

When dreams become a life's work, there is a fulfillment that cannot be outweighed by any money in the world. You know it: someone was in a bad mood, then suddenly got money, whereupon his mood improved. He spent it and the following week the mood was back in the basement. This can make money to us if we let it - so don't let money become your main focus.

Money doesn't necessarily give you the unforgettable experiences that you secretly want. Having a lot of money can make you feel great for a short period of time - but that's about it. Yes, of course, you can go on expensive vacations, for example - only to find out very soon that the people you spend the time with are much more important than the experiences you bought. "Purchased experiences" may often seem perfect at first glance - but after a while you always notice that they were actually not that special.

You can not have everything

When one area of ​​life is thriving, another usually lags behind. It seems to be an essential law of nature that not all levels of life can function one hundred percent at the same time. The next time you look enviously after someone brimming with well-defined muscles, remember that he or she invested all of his energy and time in one area of ​​life, while other areas most likely fell by the wayside.

What you don't see at first glance is that the person may not have an intimate relationship for it, no savings, their health may not be for the best, their careers are going bad, or the car is broken - these are all things that one does not notice superficially. But almost certainly this person had to make one or the other sacrifice for their goal.

How much are you willing to sacrifice for your dream?

So, if you are pursuing your dream, be aware that you will likely have to make some sacrifices for it. The reason I'm telling you this? Money is very similar to a person with lots of muscles. This should serve as an example for the areas in a person's life: It is meaningless to have a huge muscle if all other muscles (areas of life) fail miserably. Focus on your dream, stimulate those areas of your life that matter. And the "money thing" will work out when you have finally achieved your goal - that is, accepting your goal, fulfilling your dream, will bring you enough money as a side effect.

That being said, your money status is meaningless! Don't forget that how much money you have is absolutely irrelevant, and most people don't care how much money you made. For example, if Richard Branson walked into the room now, we would be impressed by how many dreams this man has fulfilled - not how big his fortune is. It is the seemingly impossible things he has achieved that have made him successful. The more you pursue your goal, the more you accomplish the impossible, the more you will become obsessed with creating value and the higher your social status will be. And in the end, that's what most money and success are all about! (Shahrokh F. Shariat, December 2nd, 2016)

Shahrokh F. Shariat heads the University Clinic for Urology at the Medical University of Vienna and blogs at derStandard.at.

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