Posts Tagged ‘right livelihood’

Your Talents and the World’s Needs

January 25, 2011

If you are dissatisfied with what you do for a living, know this: No workplace rut is so deep that you cannot climb out if it. You always have options. The right job is out there, waiting for you to make the effort to find it.

Opportunity is as scarce as oxygen; men fairly breathe it and do not know it.
Doc Sane

Your odds of upgrading your work life rest on how you answer two questions: How (more…)

You May Be Sure It Isn’t Your Real Life

January 24, 2011

It becomes especially challenging to follow your heart when you are well established in another career, nestled snugly in your comfort zone, enjoying a comfortable lifestyle.

Or have you only comfort, and the lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master?
Kahlil Gibran

You may tell yourself that you have done everything right, that you have followed all the rules and are entitled to (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 Best Prize That Life Offers

January 13, 2011

Identifying and pursuing your right livelihood is a joy. Yet, even if you are overflowing with optimism, there may be days when you question your sanity for choosing such an arduous path.

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt

At those times, remind yourself that you did not choose the path so (more…)

Let Your Work Speak for Itself

December 20, 2010

Mindfully engaging in your right livelihood with a spirit of humility and service is an integral element of your journey toward enlightenment.

True Dharma seekers who live in the world use their daily activity as a polishing tool. Outwardly they may appear to be very busy, like flint striking steel, making sparks everywhere. But inwardly they silently grow. For although they may be working very hard, they are working for the  (more…)

Make the Most of Yourself

December 13, 2010

You are fortunate if you have found the work you love to do. But a word of caution: The siren call of your right livelihood is so alluring that it is tempting to completely give yourself to it. Make a conscious effort to lead a balanced life.

Work, love, and play are the great balance wheels of man’s being.
Orison Swett Marden

Do not let your work (more…)

A Love of the Drudgery

November 3, 2010

No matter where your right livelihood leads you, doing work that feeds your soul will suffuse your days with joy and soften your nights with the sweet dreams of contentment.

Success based on anything but internal fulfillment is bound to be empty.
Dr. Martha Friedman

When a hard day’s work leaves you exhilarated instead of exhausted, you are (more…)

The Whispering of the Hours Turns to Music

October 28, 2010

Find work that you love and you will be in harmony with life’s soft, sweet melody, adding your instrument to the celestial orchestra that serenades the farthest reaches of the universe.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.
Kahlil Gibran

If you do not love what you do, you (more…)

As Scarce as Oxygen

October 22, 2010

If you despise your job so much that you find yourself wallowing in despair, begin circulating your resume.

Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste,
it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
Kahlil Gibran

The vast majority of people who complain (more…)

Life Is Eager to Prove Your Limits False

October 21, 2010

Do not settle for a job that requires you to check your spirit at the door; your right livelihood calls for you to bring your whole self to the workplace. What does that look like? You speak and act authentically, and value your values more than your paycheck.

When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.
Betty Bender

If you are miserable in your current position, recognize that every job you ever had has (more…)

Success Is a Staircase

October 19, 2010

Steadfastly seek the right career, and one day the right career will find you. Your right livelihood may feel divinely delivered, but succeeding in it will likely demand significant amounts of study, training, and effort. Beware of any path that does not.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Edison

Mastery cannot be hurried along. Establishing a reputation, building mutually beneficial relationships, and mastering (more…)

Yours Was Not Meant to be an Ordinary Life

October 16, 2010

You do not have to be a perfect human being to find or create the job that is perfect for you. Everybody else has shortcomings too; nobody else has your unique blend of strengths and skills.

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
Malcolm Forbes

Positive thinkers look at a goal and begin mapping out the steps they can take to achieve it. They know that no worthy objective can withstand the assault of (more…)

Ask Yourself What Makes You Come Alive

October 14, 2010

You will find your ideal career when you deepen your self-knowledge, strike the right balance between intuition and intellect, and learn to distinguish the call of your spirit from the fear-based urgings of your ego. When you are aligned with Spirit and long to do meaningful work, the world is in need of whatever it is you need to do.

To find our calling is to find the intersection between our own deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger.
Frederick Buechner

Until you satisfy your soul’s longing (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…)

Your Right Livelihood Is Waiting to Find You

December 28, 2009

Steadfastly seek the right career and the right career will eventually find you. That Aha! moment parts the clouds of doubt and uncertainty and allows the light of clarity and purpose to stream through.

Do not allow yourself to be intimidated and overwhelmed if there is an enormous gap between your current job and your future career. You can learn new skills. You can acquire new knowledge. You can meet new people. You can create new experiences.

Jump (more…)

A Safe Career Comes at a Steep Cost

November 19, 2009

The question is not whether you have a talent, but how long it will take you to discover and apply it. If you are not actively striving to identify your talent and develop your right livelihood, you are passively engaging in self-sabotage.

It is understandable why so many opt for a “safe” life doing work that they do not enjoy, especially when there are children to be raised and a mortgage to be paid.

Most people live for their pension instead of their passion.
Les Brown

It is easy to make excuses for not developing your talents, for not exploring other opportunities, for not pursuing a more challenging career path. “I need a steady paycheck to support my family.” “There are too many other people doing what I want to do.” “I’ve invested too much time and money in learning how to do this job.”

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Samuel Johnson

Yes, leaving your boat chained to the dock is (more…)