John Lennon: When I grow up, I want to be…

About a week after the 99 cent MLM Happiness Test
was published, I came across
this surprising quote:

“When I was 5 years old, my mother
always told me that happiness was
the key to life. When I went to school,
they asked me what I wanted to be when
i grew up. I
wrote down “happy”.  They told me I didn’t understand
the assignment, and I told them they didn’t
understand life.” ~ John Lennon

One gent, upon reading this, wrote:

“I was surprised to see that none of my long-term goals were
‘feeling’ or ‘emotion’ based…

“All of my goals were essentially materialistic – where I will live, what
I will own,
what income my business will be generating, what I will do
in my spare-time…
all of which will contribute to those feelings above,
but without ever really
expressing what “I really hope to get out of life,
which is just to be happy.”
More here.

I too, do stuff to reach goals that are not ‘happiness’, but something
I figure will lead to that.  But. If I feel stressed about doing certain things, I
get unhappy and procrastinate.  You?

The little MLM Happiness Test I made can help you identify which, of
the MLM income generating activities, you like or don’t like.

For example, how would you answer Test question #3?

Do you feel OK about making money
when you recommend products to friends?

If that doesn’t feel good, you won’t be happy selling to friends.  But
selling to friends is one of the first things they teach you in the
MLM business.

Your options are:  1) Don’t do it, or, 2) find ways where you feel ok about
selling to friends – without violating your own integrity. It can be done.

PS Upgrade coming for the MLM Happiness Test: Show specifically what
you don’t like doing – that MLM training requires – so you can decide to
1) learn to like it or 2) do something different to create your income. You like?

PPS “‘My brother [Steve Jobs] treasured happiness’ Mona Simpson said
her brother ‘loved life and was ‘girl-like’ when it came to matters
of the heart.’” See here.

3 comments for “John Lennon: When I grow up, I want to be…

  1. Erica G
    November 23rd, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Going back to that feeling when you were five or eight years old. How come we know what really matters when we are young? How come we almost loose that wisdom as we grow up? At least I did.

    When I was four of five I asked my parents what the word ‘tourist’ meant. They explained and I decided I would become a tourist. In a way that’s what I did. Not as in spending a holiday on a beach somewhere, although that can be very nice too, but more as a traveler, exploring the journey of life.

    So, perhaps that is the key to do this business – reconnected with what you really wanted when you were five.

    Erica

  2. November 23rd, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    It seems to me that, unless what makes you happy also makes you money, you will become very poor by pursuing happiness as an abstract feeling. It is only when your happiness is found in contributing something valued by others — such as great music in John Lennon’s case — that happiness and prosperity can be enjoyed simultaneously.

  3. December 3rd, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    If you don’t have your “heart” in any thing you do you can’t be successful. You have to love and be happy with what you’re doing other wise you will only be going through the motions and not getting the results you desire.

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