• Steve Martin

Life Is Too Short to Dance With an Ugly Partner


Everyone deserves to be living a life they love.

I believe we are here for a purpose – and each of us should be living a life in support of that purpose – a life that we love – and a life that inspires us.

If you are just living your life to make money, you are probably on the wrong track.

I have found that no matter how much money you have, if you are not living a life you love, you will feel like you are missing something.

In a recent workshop on investing, I stated that when they reach their mid-50s, many people start to think about doing what they really love. A young lady in the workshop replied, “How sad – to wait until you are 55 to start doing what you love.”

She was right.

The truth is that many of us are locked into careers that we don’t love and feel like we have to stay in the “rat-race.” However, as Lily Tomlin said, "The trouble with the rat race is that, even if you win, you’re still a rat."

We owe it to ourselves to continually look at the life we live and the life we love – and make sure they are the same.

A wise Hawaiian philosopher, Kimo, said that “life is too short to dance with an ugly partner” – a metaphor for the things in your life that do not bring you joy.

Are you dancing with an ugly partner?

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