Essays On Life Goals

Goal of My life

Life without a noble aim is like a rudderless ship, but to choose a goal is quite an uphill task. Different people have different ambitions according to their tastes and likings because nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so. Every seeing eye, thinking mind and feeling heart has one ambition or the other.

My greatest aim in life is to serve my country. I know that this is not as easy job, I also know that there are many ways of serving one’s country. I know that the best service to my country, in the first place, would be to become a good citizen. I may choose to be a teacher, an engineer or a doctor. I may become a businessman or a politician. But whatever I become, I shall not be useful to my country, if I do not realize my rights and duties.

My first step in realizing the aim of my life, therefore would be to make myself an ideal citizen. I shall never become corrupt and shall never tolerate corruption among others. I shall always be just and fair to others. In every action I will always keep the interest of the community before my personal interest. Whenever there is a clash between my personal and social interest, I shall not press my claims. If I can live up to this idea, I would have a healthy, influence on everybody. I can bring no reform in others if I do not reform myself.

My way of serving my country would be to become a doctor and take up this profession seriously. As a doctor, I shall devote all my energies in helping my countrymen. My aim would not be to make money.

I would serve my country in another manner also. In addition to my job. I shall always be prepared to lend my support to all good causes.  I would take keen interest in all the movements going on around me. I shall try to help in eradicating poverty and ignorance of my countrymen in every way. If I can afford it, I shall give financial help to organizations which carry in such work.

I know that the service of my country is difficult if I work alone and do not pool my energy with that of others. No individual, however great, is in a position to serve his country in isolation. In the world of today, great changes can be brought about, only by collective effort. Therefore I shall take keen interest in the development of the political parties of the country. I shall study their programmes and see which one can really work for the welfare of the people. I shall then seriously make a choice and render help to the political party of my choice.

My goal in life is of a very modest nature. I know I shall be able to line up to this modest ideal. If everyone in our country, were to have the same ambition, our country would make rapid progress in no time. Thus my ambition in life would be achieved all the more if I can persuade others to follow this very way of life. This I shall try to do by setting a personal example. All those who come in contact with me will be inspired by my way of my life. This is the best way in which we can serve our country.

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I spend a lot of time writing about goals. But I realize I haven’t shared many of my own. Although I wouldn’t consider my dreams to be unique, I don’t know too many people that share them. Most of my friends are caught up in the mythology that you need to get a good job, settle down and chain yourself to a retirement package for the rest of your life.

I’m purposefully avoiding details such as deadlines and plans in this entry. Although I’m a big believer in writing out your goals and setting plans and deadlines, that isn’t useful here. I want to share the broader vision for my life, not the grittier implementation details.

Goal #1 – A Completely Digital Life

I don’t plan on downloading my brain into a computer. By a digital life I mean that all of my income will come without a location. This will probably mean the internet, but it might mean something completely different in ten years as technology continues to expand. This means I will be able to live anywhere I can bring a laptop.

I plan to make use of this freedom and I might easily be a wandering vagabond for most of my 20’s. I want to be in a position where I can say, “Hey, let’s live in Spain for 6 months,” without needing to worry about quitting a job or abandoning a physical business.

Progress:

This website is my primary income source right now. Although I’m not yet at a point of complete financial security, I’m fairly close. If things continue as they are now, I consider it likely that I’ll have achieved this dream before my 22nd birthday.

Goal #2 – Financial Freedom, Not Being Rich

I’m not a materialistic person. I don’t like buying things and I have very simple tastes. I like eating simple foods, living in simple houses and keeping simple items. Owning more stuff doesn’t make me happy and I place far more value on the things that can’t be bought.

As a result, the idea of being rich interests me, but I’m not driven by it. If I had a billion dollars, I’d be living almost the same way I am today. Perhaps I’d travel more and worry less about financing necessities, but my life wouldn’t change.

My true goal is financial freedom. This means never having to worry about money because my lifestyle is far below my means. With this freedom I could start a new business, without worrying about losing the money from an old venture. I want money to be removed from my life.

Progress:

This one is much further off. I think it will probably be at least 10-15 years before I completely reach this point and it may be longer. But it is all a matter of degrees. My next step is setting up an investment account and trying to build an emergency fund of at least 1 year of income.

Goal #3 – Learn Everything

This is a goal I’m never going to be able to realize. However, I’ve made a lot of progress. Self-education is something I will keep doing for the rest of my life. With each subject I learn more about, three more opportunities branch off. There are few subjects I’m completely uninterested in and too many I’m fascinated by.

Progress:

I’ve read close to 300 books in the last several years and I’m always trying to read more. Books are a good way, but projects and classes are great for learning ideas that books can’t cover. A few of the things on my To-Learn list:

  • Read the collected works of Shakespeare.
  • Read the Bible, Dao De Jin and Upanishads.
  • Study more advanced computer programming topics.
  • Read a few books on Bayes Theorem.

Goal #4 – Marathon Running and Physical Fitness

I’ve made a lot of improvements in my physical fitness over the last few years. But a few of the individual fitness goals I have:

  1. Run a marathon.
  2. Be able to do 10 one-arm push-ups with each arm (5 was my previous max)
  3. Benchpress 200 lbs (I’m stuck on 185)
  4. Run a 5 minute mile.
  5. Do a “Superman” pushup (a pushup from a handstand position)

I don’t do all this fitness stuff just to be healthy. And it’s way too much work for the point of looking good (buying nicer clothes is way easier). I just have a lot of fun working out. I’ve never been great at sports, but I really enjoy the incremental goal setting of lifting weights, running and staying in shape.

Progress:

The most I’ve ran before is 17 km. I would like to do a marathon next year. In most aspects of physical fitness I’d say I’m above average. Flexibility is something I’d like to spend more time on since it is neglected by my current routine.

Goal #5 – Relationship & Social Success

As someone who wasn’t very outgoing as a kid, this is an area that required more work to get good at. My ultimate goal here is to be able to easily make new friends and relationships in any place I go to.

Living a digital life and traveling the world can create a whole new batch of problems. One of them being that you can’t rely on a workplace environment to provide your social contacts. This is doubly true if I plan on traveling to many different countries where language and cultural barriers will add an additional challenge.

Progress:

I think most the people who have met me in the last 2-3 years would say I’m outgoing. I’m always happy to meet new people and I have a large group of friends. Last week I went with my roommate to knock on doors in our building to introduce ourselves. I don’t think anyone would say I’m shy.

But there is still a lot more I need to learn. It’s easier to build connections when you already know a few people. I’m trying to master the ability to quickly make friends out of a crowd of strangers.

Other Goals and Thoughts on Life

This list is in constant flux. It wasn’t the list I had two years ago and it probably won’t be exactly the same in another two years. I don’t expect it to remain constant. I’m constantly seeking new experiences, so I need to be prepared if those new experiences change the aims I have in life.

Achieving these goals won’t make me happy. I don’t expect them to. Most of them are simply issues of comfort, they aren’t critical to the quality of my life. Working on challenging and meaningful goals accounts for 90% of my happiness. Only 10% is based on my comfort with external factors like money and location independence.

These goals are important to me. But I already have everything I want.

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