How One Small Tweak Can Change Your Life Completely

What are the top 3 activities you enjoy?

I realize I have been spending most of my life chasing the activities I enjoy. And this really paved the path I have followed thus far.

If only I enjoyed different activities, I would be a completely different person today.

So here’s my hypothesis:

If you want to completely change your life, one way is to change what you enjoy most.

To test this hypothesis, I will conduct this experiment.

Follow me for a moment to see what I mean.

At the end of the post, I will invite you to conduct this experiment… well see if it completely changes your life.

STEP ONE: List the top 3 activities you enjoy most.

Here are my top 3, as of 2 months ago.

  1. I enjoy being absorbed in purposeful creation.

    Heck it doesn’t have to be too purposeful sometimes. I get so happy when I’m drawn into writing a new song, designing a new website, or developing a new idea, even though the purpose may not be initially apparent to me.

  2. I enjoy chasing my curiosity.

    Mostly, this means, flipping through the bookstore, or spending hours online reading and surfing and clicking, researching a topic, or looking for answers.

  3. I enjoy laughing.

    I love puns, random jokes in real situations, and laughing with people. My favorite set of jokers are Jeff, the MindValley guys, and myself. You have no idea how often I make myself laugh.

Okay, those are the top 3 activities I enjoy most. I know this because I spend 90% of my waking hours doing creating things, learning things, and laughing at my own jokes.

3 simple things make me a happy camper 🙂

But it looks like some changes will be made…

STEP TWO: Change your top 3 list

Now, my life would be quite different if I told you the top 3 things I enjoy is

  1. Watching TV
  2. Sleeping
  3. Eating junk food

I might be speaking to you now as a napping godzilla. Hence, I will not enjoy any of those.

Picture this instead….

openWhat if I enjoyed making money more than chasing curiosity, creating new things, and laughing?

For the most part of my life, making money has never been a top priority. ‘Enough’ money always came to me, through the stuff I did.

And I never really saw a pressing need for loads of money, anyway. I’m not a big spender, and I end up with plenty of savings.

However, in December 2007… I decided to develop a love and pursuit for truckloads of money.

You see, if I can get my brain to develop a healthy addiction to filling up my bank account, it will automatically cause me focus my energy on activities which will attract more wealth into my life.

(Notice I am “exaggerating for illustrative purposes” and really drilling this into my head. I know “I enjoy making money” is easy for some of you, but believe it or not, it’s taken me 2 months for me to feel it in my bones.)

It’s about time I got filthy rich.

I’m sure I’ll find a good use of the money later.

Off the cuff, I imagine, having a lot of money definitely equips me better to live out my ideals of social enterprise and market-driven change.

I might even buy myself a pair of slippers from impoverished jungle folk.

So this is how I’m living this experiment out.

Will changing what I enjoy most will completely change my life?

So far so good.

  • I have over the past 2 months, included “I enjoy making money” in my top 3.
  • I’ve chucked away a few things I was working on, and have shifted my attention to new things. (More on this later)
  • Quite immediately, I’ll be spending the next 2 weeks in intense learning mode… reading books, and meeting people about investing, currency, and finance.
  • I have made a billion dollars Let me get back to you

For now, I’m going to work on my new ventures, as well as get a deeper sense of the rules of the big picture money game, and go from there. Not sure where this will lead me, but I’ve got a feeling I’m going to enjoy it. And I’ll be blogging about this, too.

Now, it’s your turn.

If you want to change your life, try this.

  1. List the top 3 things you enjoy.
  2. Learn to enjoy something you don’t currently really enjoy all that much. Remember to create a burning desire for that new activity.
  3. Remind yourself of this often.

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12 comments on “How One Small Tweak Can Change Your Life Completely

  1. Francisco Palacio February 12, 2008 10:30 pm


    Thoughts fall in line with my current practice (Mahayana/Nichiren) and most of the good advice I’ve heard in life…

    Thanks for taking the time to keep the group alive!

  2. raZZbeRRy February 13, 2008 1:22 am

    I enjoyed reading this post. However, one question comes to mind: Why do you need to change your life completely, unless you never derived contentment before?

  3. Vikram Balaji February 13, 2008 1:46 am

    Nice article-I like the part about enjoying making money- to make money you need to enjoy what you do and if you do that you will automatically make money.

  4. khailee February 13, 2008 3:07 am

    thx guys.

    razzberry – i think ive had too much contentment… every now n then i like destroying my comfort zone n venturing into new things.. given a choice between contentment n excitement.. im more for excitement 😉

  5. raZZbeRRy February 13, 2008 4:41 am

    Good point :). For me, I’ve had a little too much excitement for a while, so right now I need contentment. But am sure will again reach that stage of wanting excitement again. Good luck with whatever you choose to do to change your life!

  6. jillian February 13, 2008 12:56 pm

    the article’s good. u have a couple of points here and there ! when having the excitement in full extand, will it harm you?

  7. khailee February 13, 2008 4:32 pm

    there’s only 1 way to find out 😉

  8. zhiyuan February 13, 2008 7:14 pm

    I think this is the right mindset for an entrepreneur. It is not so much about lusting for money, but rather taking money as a gauge for success. I suppose it is impossible for an entrepreneur to say that he/she is a successful and a smart entrepreneur if he/she is not achieving big financially since it is business afterall. So, that’s a right approach!

    Definitely contentment over excitement for my boring self. But it is really cool to see a fellow Malaysian to have such big passion. Admire those quality, mate.

    If you are interested to learn about investing, i suppose the book The Intelligent Investor will be the right one for you to read. All the best to your future ventures!

  9. XiangMei February 14, 2008 2:19 pm

    Although i haven work yet as i’m still studying..but i know that life is not easy and we doesn’t know what will happen next and also what are we going to do in future.Lucks doesn’t always by our side.

  10. doink February 14, 2008 4:07 pm

    being excited about things happening in my life is contentment to me.

    try living in poverty for one week with bills unpaid, i’m sure your ” I enjoy making money” will sink in so fast before you can even count to 10 !

  11. saran February 17, 2008 11:58 am

    i wanna make truckloads of $$$ so that must mean that i’ll have to study hard!

    u did know i didn’t really want to study what i’m studying now, right?

    but i’ve made myself like the subject and i really think that law now is pretty interesting!

  12. GATETE February 18, 2008 7:54 am

    that is wonderful

    gatete fro, Burundi

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