Posts Tagged ‘work’

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…)

The Reward for Work Well Done

December 9, 2010

When you celebrate your right livelihood as a means of sharing your unique gifts with the world, your joy and passion will be infused into whatever you produce.

When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece.
John Ruskin

Inevitably, your services will be in demand; people will always seek out quality and pay handsomely for it.

If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better (more…)

A Waking Angel Stirs

December 8, 2010

Passion is the gateway to success. Every new business originated in the imagination of someone who was passionate enough to bring their vision to fruition.

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.
James Allen

Creating something out of nothing comes naturally to dreamers who look beyond what is and imagine what could be.

A pile of rocks ceases to (more…)

Where Your Talents and the World’s Needs Cross

October 24, 2010

Your odds of upgrading your work life rest on how you answer two questions: How bad do you want it? and What are you going to do about it?

If you don’t like where you are, then change it! You’re not a tree.
Jim Rohn

If you cannot afford to quit your current job, devote every spare moment to creating or landing your dream job.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.
Ecclesiastes 9:10

Odds are that a new job will represent (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…)

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…)

Last Words to Live By

February 15, 2009

Ralph Rapson

Two years ago, I interviewed nearly a dozen eighty- and ninety-somethings who were still putting in a full day’s work. The article was for Twin Cities Business magazine.

My favorite interviewee was Minneapolis architect Ralph Rapson, who had designed numerous Twin Cities landmarks, including the original Guthrie Theater. Ralph was 92 and still working every day at his small architectural firm alongside his son, Toby, and grandson, Lane.

All the people I interviewed continued to find meaning and purpose in their work. I love this quote from 84-year-old Leonard Parker, whose instructor in a 1949 architectural class at MIT in Boston was none other than Ralph Rapson:

When you’re in a field of endeavor that requires creative input that leads to satisfying resolutions, how can you get tired of that? Every day is a new day.

I was especially touched by Ralph’s devotion to not only his work but to his late wife. Here is how I ended the introduction to the article: (more…)