In recent months, Morgan Housel’s blogging has been prolific and I have been enjoying it so much.
It got me thinking about why I enjoy his writing so much.
It finally dawned on me that his talent for crafting engaging stories was the key. For instance, he recently wrote a brilliant piece:
Once, Dr. Dan Goodman operated on a middle-aged woman who had been blind from a cataract since she was a child. After having her cataract removed, the woman’s vision was essentially restored to normal. A stunning achievement.
A few weeks later, the patient came back in for a follow-up visit. According to the author of Crashing Through:
Her reaction startled Goodman. She had been happy and content as a blind person. Now sighted, she became anxious and depressed. She told him that she had spent her adult life on welfare and had never worked, married, or ventured far from home – a small existence to which she had become comfortably accustomed. Now, however, government officials told her that she no longer qualified for disability, and they expected her to get a job. Society wanted her to function normally. It was, she told Goldman, too much to handle.
Every goal you dream about has a downside that’s easy to overlook.
Our hopes and dreams come with certain obligations. You don’t merely wish for something and when it comes true, you don’t do anything.
What you wish for comes with responsibilities. Are you ready for those responsibilities?
As they say, you should be careful about what you wish for because you might end up getting it, I think they should also ask: are you ready for the responsibilities that come with your wishes?
Thank you for sharing as you do, Morgan.