What If You Don’t Know What You Want?

I hope your friend finds something that makes her so happy that she tap dances to work every day.

What worked for me is trying different things and asking myself whether I liked them so much I’d do them for free. It’s a high bar to reach for, but I wasn’t happy in my other jobs and careers until I converted two hobbies I loved (and did for free) into paying careers. Now, I love what I do, still do both, and feel like I’m on vacation doing what I love all the time. Wealth management has been lucrative but I still manage assets for a lot of people at no cost to them or at far less than break-even for me. It’s not a sacrifice because I love what I do and I’ve learned that after a certain income level I’m no more or less happy than if I earned much more money. So as long as I’m at or above that level it’s all good. I know this for certain because there have been times where I’ve made twice as much money as I’m currently making, and I’ve never been happier than I am right now.

With Love,



The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

Mark Twain

We’ve been told that we should pursue our purpose.

But what if you don’t know what your purpose is?

I had dinner with an old friend last night to celebrate her newly acquired PhD. I’m proud of her, it’s been a long time coming!

This is an exciting time for her, but now what? Now that it’s done she wonders what she should do next; realizing she is no longer happy in her current job.

A job that I once had came up in the conversation. It was my first position after having left a career I had loved. I soon knew that this new position wasn’t the job for me. But having signed a contract I stayed for a year, all the while learning important skills I would need when I launched

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About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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11 Responses to What If You Don’t Know What You Want?

  1. Thanks for the reblog Russ! ❤
    Diana xo

  2. ksbeth says:

    i agree with all of this, russ and i’ve done the same in my own life. you are a great role model for this –

  3. Mrs. P says:

    It the “Do what you love” attitude that first clued me in to the fact that I would like you as a person. 😀

    • russtowne says:

      But what if what I loved to do wasn’t good? ;-D! Seriously, thank you for your kind comment, Mrs P. I’m grateful to be blessed with your friendship.


  4. Russ, We both know the importance of being content with a simpler life style and the wisdom to recognize true contentment when we’ve attained it. The wisdom that comes with age, experience and learning from past mistakes. We are truly among the fortunate. Your friend, Clare

  5. kmabarrett says:

    Hi Russ,
    If I were limited to “just” two, I say the day you find out why and today.

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