The question is supposed to identify what you would do if money was no object. Ideally, your answer is then used to help you determine what to do with your life. For instance, if you want to rebuild car engines all day, then you should be an auto mechanic. If you want to tend to your garden all day, then you should be a gardener. The desire to play piano all day means you should be a musician — and so on.
Although this “millionaire method” may help some people determine their life’s calling, it’s hardly perfect. The question often leads to answers that can’t be translated into a corresponding profession. “Pay off debt,” “Invest,” and “Travel” are all things that someone could do with a million dollars, but these replies provide little insight as to what they should do with their life.
Among these unhelpful replies was the one I always used: “I don’t know.”
I don’t know what I’d do if I had a million dollars. Furthermore, I don’t know why I don’t know. Maybe I complicate the question somehow — wondering when, or how it could happen. Maybe I get distracted by how preposterous the idea is that my mind never registers the actual question. Or maybe I’m unimaginative, and choose to say “I don’t know” for lack of a better answer.
Whichever the case, it’s clear that the millionaire method couldn’t help me. In time, I understood that was expected, because life isn’t that simple.
Everyone is unique. I’m unique. You’re unique. Consequently, it’s downright impossible to define a single, simple, and universally effective question that will identify everyone’s purpose in life. That’s why the millionaire method doesn’t work for everyone, and it’s for this same reason that so many other strategies for discovering your life’s purpose exist:
The thing is, when you’re searching for your life’s calling, you can’t rely on anyone else to tell you precisely what you’re searching for. They may offer advice to help advance your search, but it’s up to you to complete it.
I say this because no one else has experienced your unique experiences or ever will. The feelings you have are unique to you alone, and as such, no one else can possibly know what makes you happiest — only you do.
Therefore, the best advice I can offer you is to do whatever makes you happiest. You’re certain to know what it is once you’ve found it, because you’ll instinctively know that you’ll never be as happy doing anything else.
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