Everyone Should Have Goals…Right?

October 31, 2005  

I recently attended a workshop, where a large focus was on goal-setting. Given my contrarian perspective, I was asked to briefly speak to the group about Goal-Free Living. The next day, a woman came over to me and said, “My son is one of the happiest people I know. And he is wildly successful. But he doesn’t have any goals. And I think he should have goals. What do you think? Should I buy him your book?” My response was, “No. You should buy the book for yourself so that you can better understand your son. Here is someone who is happy and successful, and you want to change that! Maybe after reading the book, you will want to give him your copy so that he feels validated.”

It is interesting how people believe that their view of the world is the correct one — and that others should follow their lead. There are many ways to live your life. I am not proselytizing Goal-Free Living! It is not the right way to live your life. It is only an alternative view of the world. A view that works for many happy and successful people.

I discussed the concept of certitude in a previous post.

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