The Pomp And Circumstance Underground

Date May 12, 2008

Pursuit of Happiness: Money, Work, & Play

In ancient times – a little more than a century ago – education was about personal development. It was about exploring a variety of exciting things just because they were enjoyable. It was focused on finding ways to entertain the mind and the spirit through history, culture, art, music, and math.

Now education has become a factory to roll out little job-bots. Those poor little job-bots will graduate from high school and college this month and line up for their job-boxes. Want to make a difference?

Join the revolution and tell your favorite graduates that they can make a living without a job. Give copies of Barbara Winter’s Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways For Creating Work That You Love to spark their entrepreneurial spirit. This is a powerful introduction to moving from employee (and student factory) thinking to self-directed entrepreneurial thinking.

While you’re at it, tell your favorite graduates they don’t have to flatten their dreams and squeeze their expansive and creative lives into ruts and boxes. Throw in copies of Barbara Sher’s Live the Life You Love: In Ten Easy Step-By Step Lessons. This radical (and possibly dangerous) book affirms the power of long-term dreams. It not only opens the way to incorporate one’s gifts, talents, and passions in an intentional life plan, it makes it clear that it is imperative that each person do so. It is the way to be most successful, and the way to give the greatest benefit to others.

As long as we’re being radical, let’s get downright anarchistic. Include a copy of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness. This book stands firmly on logic and common sense and shows “the road less traveled” to financial peace. He teaches outrageous ideas, like living on less than you earn, avoiding consumer debt, paying cash and getting good deals, and setting aside a little money each month now to build a wealthy future.

At this point, you have doomed your graduates to seeing beyond the rut. If they can make a living without a job, they are not subjugated by employers. If they can live the life they love, they can exercise free will and choose their own paths instead of following the crowd. If they embrace a total money makeover, they will avoid the shackles of monthly payments and watch their money grow, instead of watching their debt load grow.

They will be equipped to start living life on their own terms. If they truly have that kind of freedom, you might as well give them copies of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Classic Seuss). To job-bots marching in their ruts, this is a simple children’s book. To trailblazers who see opportunities and possibilities all around them, it is a hymn to living a full life.

Take all four books and put them together in one gift box. And maybe, just maybe, it will be the only sort of box your graduates will know.

3 Responses to “The Pomp And Circumstance Underground”

  1. Darcy said:

    Oh, oh, I want to play!! I definitely think you should also include Your Money or Your Life, by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. Another good one is Illusions by Richard Bach, but that one might be a little too out there? I need to go scout up my copy and re-read the opening section that looks like handwritten pages on notebook paper. This post gives me so much energy. It makes me wish I knew someone in the relevant age bracket! I might just have to turn that energy on myself instead!

  2. Steve Coxsey said:

    Illusions might be something most couldn’t grasp, but it’s certainly worth giving it. I’ve heard about, but not read, Your Money or Your Life. It must go in the stack.

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