Why getting what you want matters


Chances are, you are under the age of 35 if you’re reading this (unless we’re Facebook friends; Hi Mom!) and there is also a good chance you are still “trying to figure out what you want in life.” A lot of us have jobs we don’t love but allows us certain luxuries like car payments and the occasional pizza after a long night out. Chances are, there are a lot of things that you want that you can’t get with a bigger paycheck, and those are the things that really matter (and what this post is about!).

The first thing you have to do is ask yourself, “what do I want?” I hope your answer isn’t something like:

  1. Mansion
  2. Abs
  3. Parties with Jay & B

“Look, Beyonce. I don’t remember inviting you and it’s not that we don’t want to see you, but you’re over here ALL THE TIME.”

No, this is more of a things you should want out of life piece. This is more of a “how great would it be to wake up and make a cup of decent coffee before I got started getting ready for work?” kind of piece. This is more about personal freedoms and not being a slave to a paycheck and the ‘almighty dollar’ kind of piece.

Who is John Galt?

What you want matters. The biggest hurdle we have is believing those four little words. If you can accept this, then you’re ready for the second, and most important thing you’ll ever do for yourself.

Make it happen.


My biggest hurdle (on more things than this TBH) was that I thought I needed a plan for everything before I could do something. There is no GPS in life. I thought I needed to hammer out exactly what I was going to do and how I was going to do it, but I never took my first step because I would be in a constant state of planning. One of the best things that I continue to learn from my wife is to just start something — just do something, and you realize that you’ll pick things up and figure them out along the way.

For the record, there are some times this doesn’t apply (furniture building, improv cooking, Insanity DVD buys), but for the most part, giving yourself a head start as you learn something along the way is a great motto in life.

What you want matters only if you’re determined enough to go and get it. Otherwise, wanting turns into wishing, and there’s a long line in the waiting room of people who are just hoping things fall to them. Be brave and go get what you want!


Author: ryanjrauch

I am not here to change the world. I am here to change my world.

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