Posts Tagged ‘positive attitude’

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…)

Change Your Mind . . . Change Your Life!

October 27, 2008

My friend Janet hated her writing job. After too many years of doing the same old same old, she was no longer being challenged, every task became tedious, and the enormous weight of negative office politics dragged her down into the dark and dreary Land of Bad Attitude. But guess what happened when she was allowed to become a telecommuter? Overnight, she became Little Miss Sunshine! On the days when she came into work for meetings and to pick up assignments, she was cheerful, energized and had a kind word for everyone.

She was still doing exactly the same work for exactly the same salary for exactly the same company. The only difference is that she was able to work from home, an environment that felt more comfortable to her and one that she had more control over.

Although Janet’s attitude overhaul involved a significant physical change, her transformation really came down to a mental shift. The implications of that statement are staggering. We all have the power to reframe any situation simply by changing the way we look at it. (more…)