Posts Tagged ‘work life’

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)