Jon Jandai lived in a small village in northeastern Thailand. His life was easy and fun. Then people from outside the village convinced him that he was poor and that he should move to Bangkok to pursue success. When he did, he felt miserable and after some time, he decided to go back home. There he lived his ultimate lifestyle. In this TED talk, Jon explains why he stopped chasing other people’s dreams. Although he speaks about some major wrongs in the current era, he makes his case so simple that a 10-year-old can understand. I love his examples, questions and metaphors, such as:
- ‘And before I think that stupid people like me who never get a good grade in the school, cannot have a house. Because people who are cleverer than me, who get number one in the class every year, they get a good job, but they need to work more than 30 years to have a house. But for me who cannot finish university, how can I have a house? Hopeless for people who have low education, like me. But, then I started to do earthly building, it’s so easy. I spend two hours per day, from 5 o’clock in the morning, to 7 o’clock in the morning, two hours per day. And in three months, I got a house. And another friend who’s the most clever in the class, he spent three months to build his house, too. But, he had to be in debt. He had to pay for his debt for 30 years. So, compared to him, I have 29 years and 10 months of free time. So, I feel that life is so easy.’
- ‘Why we need to follow fashion? Because, when we follow fashion, we never catch up with it, because we follow it. So, don’t follow it, just stay here. Use what you have.’
- ‘We have so many people who finish from university, have so many universities on the Earth, have so many clever people on this Earth. But, life is harder and harder. We make it hard for whom? We work hard for whom right now?’
Three major lessons: 1) No, you don’t have to do what society tells you. 2) Yes, you can have the life you want. 3) Your choices will determine if you will get it. Enjoy the video!