Posts Tagged ‘love your job’

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.

Right?

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…)

Kevin + Baseball Cards = Living the Dream

January 9, 2010

Kevin Schafer at Dugout Sportscards, his home away from home

Two days ago, I stopped at a St. Cloud strip mall and noticed a sign reading “Dugout” with a baseball in place of the “O.” As a former baseball card collector and dealer, I was intrigued.

I walked into the shop, looked at the proprietor behind the counter and said, “You look familiar, what’s your name?” When he said, “Kevin,” I shouted “Lefty!” Yep, it was Kevin Schafer, a high school buddy whom I hadn’t seen in decades. Kevin was part of a small group of friends I had hung out with all through tenth and eleventh grade.

It was great to catch up with Kevin. I had no idea he was into baseball and baseball cards so heavily. Those were my passions as a kid, so stepping into a baseball card store was like stepping back in time and feeling like a kid in a candy store.

I enjoyed watching Kevin in action. He was having the time of his life! He gregariously welcomed every customer, young and old, with a big smile and some good-natured ribbing. He clowned around with the kids and made them grin like they were talking to Santa. Yep, put a white beard on Kevin and voila!—Santa Cards!

When Kevin had a minute, he told me his story, still smiling. He had (more…)