Posts Tagged ‘life’s work’

Jon Morrow: You Can Do It!

May 27, 2013

i-love-work-coffee-mugIn my post, “Life Is Short, Do What You Love,” I relate how I encouraged two coworkers to follow their dreams. To my delight, both of them took me up on it! If you’re still looking over the ledge at your life’s work and haven’t mustered up the courage to take a flying leap (Ray Bradbury said, “You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”), I dare you—I double dog dare you!—to read this awesome post by professional blogger and all-around amazing human being Jon Morrow without getting inspired to do what you love to do for the rest of your life!

How to Quit Your Job, Move to Paradise and Get Paid to Change the World

After all, that’s the dream, right?

Forget the mansions and limousines and other trappings of Hollywood-style wealth. Sure, it would be nice, but for the most part, we bloggers are simpler souls with much kinder dreams.

We want to quit our jobs, spend more time with our families, and finally have time to write. We want the freedom to work when we want, where we want. We want our writing to help people, to inspire them, to change them from the inside out.

It’s a modest dream, a dream that deserves to come true, and yet a part of you might be wondering…

Will it?

Do you really have what it takes to be a professional blogger, or are you just being dumb? Is it realistic to make enough money from this to quit your job, or is that just silly? Can you really expect people to fall in love with what you write, or is that just wishful thinking?

Sure, it’s fun to dream about your blog taking off and changing your life, but sometimes you wonder if it’s just that: a dream. This is the real world, and in the real world, dreams don’t really come true.


Well, let me tell you a little story…

How I quit my job

Jon's van

Jon’s van

In April of 2006, I was hit by a car going 85 miles an hour.

I didn’t (more…)

By George, Hand Me the Splendid Torch!

January 10, 2012

George Bernard Shaw

People occasionally ask me how many hours I work, assuming that I must be putting in at least sixty hours a week. I just laugh. Yes, I am often at the computer from early morning until late at night but that doesn’t mean I’m piling up the billable hours. Far from it. I devote far more time to my life’s work than to my work life.

My life’s mission is to encourage and inspire people to live more positive, loving lives. I do that through writing books, posting on this blog, and talking to people whenever the occasion presents itself. Yes, I enjoy my work life but my life’s work brings me joy. Big difference.

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on (more…)

Throw All the Paint You Can

March 1, 2011

Have your fears prevented you from stepping into all you are capable of becoming? As destiny’s call grows more urgent, and the yearning to live your dreams threatens to consume you, once-paralyzing objections and obstacles lose their power over you.

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
Jean de La Fontaine

Reclaim your spirit and celebrate your liberation from conformity. Cast your (more…)

What Is Beating at the Doors of Your Soul?

February 26, 2011

Shrink from your calling, your destiny, and you not only deprive yourself, you deprive the world of the contributions you came here to make. Keep life’s call at bay and you will never be able to tap into the full majesty of your true nature.

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
Horace Mann

With so much at stake, life (more…)

You Were Born With Wings!

February 22, 2011

There are those who intuitively grasp their life’s purpose but turn away from it for any number of reasons—family obligations, low self-esteem, the desire for stability.

A smooth life is not a victorious life.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Yes, there are many sensible, logical, and valid reasons why resisting change is a good idea. Write them all down. Then (more…)

It Is Not the Critic Who Counts

February 21, 2011

When pursuing your life’s calling, the reasons why others say you should not do something are often precisely the reasons why you should.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

Only you can detect and decipher the (more…)

Music From Afar Is Coming to My Ears

February 20, 2011

The more ardently you throw yourself into your life’s work, the more effortless the work becomes. As your mastery deepens, so too does your understanding of the role you came here to play, the work you came here to do, and the urgency of your mission.

Travelers, it is late. Life’s sun is going to set. During these brief days that you have strength, be quick and spare no effort of your wings.

Your destiny takes root in your mind, body, and soul, and you methodically (more…)

Your Heart Dreams of Spring

February 18, 2011

What kind of life do you envision for yourself? Where there are dreams, there is hope. Where there is hope, there is the recognition that there is something worth hoping for.

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Kahlil Gibran

Whatever is worth dreaming of and hoping for is worth working toward. Destiny demands that the (more…)

Act As If It Is Impossible to Fail

February 13, 2011

Clarity about your life’s work triggers an enduring call to action. Devotion to your calling liberates you from the rhythms and routines of an ordinary life.

Every sort of mastery is an increase of one’s freedom.
Henri Frédéric Amiel

No longer held hostage by the expectations of an unsympathetic world, you answer only to the authority of (more…)

How You Do What You Do

January 14, 2011

What is the difference between your work life and your life’s work? Your right livelihood, which defines what you do and how you pay the bills, may accelerate the discovery of your life’s purpose, which defines who you are and how you serve the world.

We don’t know who we are until we see what we can do.
Martha Grimes

Your work life and your life’s work may virtually overlap or they may be mutually exclusive. If your vision is clouded, (more…)

The Urgency of Destiny’s Call

May 3, 2009

beckoning-angelIn an e-mail discussion with Rachel, a new Twitter friend, I mentioned that I felt a sense of urgency to advance my life’s work, that this was the season of my life to be as productive as possible. Rachel, who is twenty-six and lives in Costa Mesa, California, asked why I felt a sense of urgency.  I replied that I don’t want to waste even a minute doing something other than my life’s work. What I’m working on now is my gift to the world and I feel a responsibility to finish it sooner rather than later, and that I considered urgency a good thing. She responded:

I just finished The Art of Happiness and am now thinking about urgency because the Dalai Lama touched on it.  I know what you mean about it being a good thing now. How do you keep it in the front of your mind?  I intellectually know I need to accomplish my life’s work sooner rather than later but I spent last night watching hours of TV because I couldn’t get any momentum up to do things–even meditate and just clear my mind!  I’m really stumped here but I know it’s because I can’t find a way to think about it objectively.

That’s a big question that can be answered from any number of angles. First, what is (more…)

Left-Brain + Right-Brain = Whole-Brain Thinking

December 11, 2008

I loved my job as operations manager for a small investment management firm. Numbers have always been a second language to me, and the work required me to be logical, methodical, and organized—useful traits which continue to serve me well.

In my early thirties, however, writing started tugging gently and persistently on my sleeve. I threw it a bone now and then by crafting humorous bits for local radio stations and covering the comedy scene for a weekly newspaper. The tipping point came when I began selling ideas to major greeting card companies. The beast became insatiable and demanded to be fed.

left-brain-right-brainMy priorities shifted. The left-brain work that had once satisfied me became a distraction from the right-brain work I was now consumed with. My job performance began to suffer; soon, my responsibilities were reduced, and I eventually was shown the door. I was equal parts relieved and scared. I knew that the kind of work I needed to do no longer involved balancing bank and brokerage statements.

As I heeded the siren call of my creative muse, my new vocation began to take shape. I began writing feature articles for local magazines, advertising copy for catalog companies, and corporate writing jobs wherever I could find them. (more…)