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How To Live An Interesting Life

by Derek Johanson

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Whether we realize it or not, the vast majority of us are following the same road. What troubles me is that a great percentage of people are average and don’t live fulfilling nor interesting lives. Where is the road that you’re on leading you?

Have the people that followed the road before you acheived a great deal of success? Are their lives full of happiness, fulfillment, and excitement. Or do they spend the majority of their time complaining, watching television, and waiting to die.

Just because everyone’s doing it doesn’t mean it’s right. It doesn’t mean it’s wrong necessarily, but we must realize what following the norm is going to mean. For a lot of us, that means a mountain of financial debt and life full of fear and worry.

How to Access The Road You’re On

1. Look At Your Boss

What is your boss like? Is he/she a miserable wretch who doesn’t get any fulfillment from his career or life? If you were in his position, what would your life be like? That’s where your career is headed. You’ll end up in his position or a similar one down the road. Is it worth the effort to get where he/she is?

2. Look at Your Friends

What are you friends accomplishing if anything? Are they happy? The people you surround yourself with day in and day out will have a big impact on where your life goes. Don’t abandon them, but also don’t let them detour your dreams.

3. Look At Yourself

Are you growing each day, or are you stagnant? Is your bank account growing, or are you spending too much. If you’re going backwards financially and mentally (growing more depressed), you’re probably on the wrong path.

What habits are you developing? Are you constantly thinking negatively? The actions you continually do will become ingrained habits. And habits are difficult to break.

How To Get Off The Road You’re On

1. Save Money.

Stop spending right now. Look for areas to cut back on all expenditures. Take the bus to work. Pack your lunch. You’ve heard all this before, start doing it! Once you’ve got a cushion in your savings account, then you can take on the world.

2. For The Younger Ones Out There, Don’t Buy A House Or Car In The First Place.

You’re jeopardizing your freedom. What happens if you decide a year from now that you want to see the world? You’ll never go because of a car or house payment that needs attention.

3. Screw The Trends, Be Yourself

Nice clothes and things communicate wealth and status. However, it also costs a ton to keep up with what’s hot. If you can shun the new without complaining people will respect you.

Let me give you an example:

I have a friend who didn’t get a cell phone until he was in his 20′s while most had their first phone at age 13 or 14. But my friend never complained and never expressed the desire for a cell phone.

Did anyone care? Well it was hard to get ahold of him sometimes, but overall people still loved him and respected him. They thought he was a badass non-conformist.

Stand up for yourself and people, especially women, will listen.

4. Know Your End Goal

Have a vision of what you want your life to be like and work towards it. If you don’t have an end goal in my mind then where you are now is where you’re going to be 5, 10, 15 or 20 years from now. A solid vision will motivate you and give purpose to your life.

5. Live Uncomfortably

Do something that scares you everyday. One little thing that makes your heart beat a little faster and you’ll be amazed at how quickly your life becomes interesting.

If you want to live an interesting life and be an interesting person, you have to live an interesting life. Read that again, it’s stupidly simple.

The problem is no one is going to make your life interesting. That’s up to you.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

David Walsh March 31, 2009 at 8:54 am

Read this post again. Then read it again. Then do it all, every single day. Seriously badass and dead-on advice.


Leigh March 31, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I agree with much of this, but I do have to say. We bought our apartment when we were they younger ones, and selling it gave us a comfortable cushion to then sell everything and travel.

That said, the process of selling everything to travel when you have a house, family, kids in school etc is not necessarily the easiest one.

But I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive to leaving it all behind to travel.


Nic April 10, 2009 at 10:21 am

This was a great post, I enjoyed it. Really interesting.


Fede January 11, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Hey man! Nice picture, that’s so Medellin! Anyways hope you had fun…


Jeff February 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Holy shit, man. Looking at my boss just blew my mind. He’s awesome and interesting and just like me…except he’s 67, not retiring for two more years, and scared he won’t live long enough to really enjoy his retirement.

I gotta get out of there!


John June 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Yeah…that’s great.

All you Gen-Yers with a technology degree have got it made. Try doing what this article says when you have no degree, haven’t worked in three years, can’t find a job and are living on borrowed money.

“A solid vision will motivate you and give purpose to your life?” Really? I don’t see any videos about work here. And that’s true of any other similar website I’ve been to. All I see is play, play, play. Am I missing something?


James M September 25, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Yeah what your missing is pro activeness. Stop complaining and analyze your situation then follow through by making changes to your lifestyle


Liz November 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

Did it ever occur to you that the people leading “average lives” find their lives interesting? What you consider interesting is relative to you, not the general public of the world. Don’t judge the quality of other people’s lives before considering that they may think your life in un-interesting and average.


Kyle February 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

“Do something that scares you everyday. One little thing that makes your heart beat a little faster and you’ll be amazed at how quickly your life becomes interesting.”

^^Badass advice. I guess I must be in a similar place in my life/development as you, but perhaps a year or two behind or younger.

I had just a god awful relationship and 2-3 of the toughest years of my life, but I finally got past that and then decided to take the past year to myself to grow and just cross off my bucket list. It’s been real, real awesome, and I’ve learned much about finding happiness and fulfillment in life and myself. I really got into Zen, got into better shape, and have been improving the financial situation and career.

Now – this year, my goal is to enjoy life and not get too absorbed in the job but still keep things strong. Ultimately, I’d like to work 1 more year and then try to go out on my own path…we shall see. I’m going to keep reading this blog though it’s great stuff.

I have some very similar ideas too and have a strong finance network – you are perhaps someone I should meet someday.



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