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How to Live the Life We Were Meant to Live

Focus on our passion with every ounce of our being!  Yeah, yeah, much easier said than done … maybe not …

Dan, a bright young man, considered following his father’s passion and profession.  Becoming an engineer seemed safe, the path least likely to lead to mistakes.

Dan earned his engineering degree but didn’t want to use it.  He flirted with the idea of becoming a chef, but came to feel that, although he was fascinated by the inner workings of restaurants, food itself didn’t hold his interest.  Great — now he had a degree he wasn’t using and some work experience he didn’t care to follow up on.  Mistakes and more mistakes!

Meanwhile, working in restaurant kitchens, Dan found himself thinking like an engineer.  He saw each kitchen as a kind of factory, each appliance and tool as a cog in a production process.  How could the factory be made to work most efficiently?  How could time and energy be saved?  How could safety be improved, how could kitchen staff be best protected against burned fingers and sore backs?

Dan came to realize his false starts and meanderings had given him a fairly rare and useful skill set.  He could make schematic drawings; he understood the science of heat and materials.  He knew firsthand how heavy commercial saucepans were, how crucial the spacing of a kitchen line.

Dan became an industrial designer, specializing in commercial kitchens.  He had blundered his way to exactly where he was meant to be. (Full Story)

I’m still searching … a cause which I can immerse myself in with every inch of my being.  My passion and my heart, I know, will guide me.

How about you?  What do you want to be when you grow up? 🙂

 

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June 20, 2010 Posted by | Attitude, Book Review, Change, Dream, Education, Freedom, Health and Wellness, Introspection, Mind, Passion, Peace, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Path of Least Resistance or the Path of Greatest Satisfaction

“At the start of life, randomness rules.  No one deserves to be rich or poor, privileged or oppressed, healthy or challenged.  No one deserves good or bad parents.  These are things that happen randomly to the life that has just begun.  They are neither fair nor unfair; they simply are.”

So true, so simple, yet equally profound — spoken with conviction by Peter Buffet, an Emmy Award-winning composer and producer, cochairman of the NoVo Foundation, and the son of a billionaire investor, Warren Buffet.

Peter Buffet continues, “Secular advantages [and gifts] such as loving, nurturing parents and economic security become meaningful — truly our own — only by virtue of what we do with it, by how we return it to the world.”

Which do we truly appreciate — what we’ve earned through hard work or a gift?  Gratitude or entitlement? 

“Self-respect comes only from earning one’s own reward … My father’s plan was to give [all of his] wealth back to the world that had produced it in the first place.” (Full Story)

Work ethic or wealth ethic?  Self respect of status?  Process or payoff?  Passion or monotony?  Adventure or security?

We have one life to live.  The choice is ours. 🙂

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Attitude, Book Review, Business, Change, Compassion, Dream, Education, Freedom, Gratitude, Heart, Introspection, Leadership, Mind, Money, Passion, Peace, Purpose, Self Help, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Realize BIG Dreams! Realize the Impossible!

“Don’t tell me the sky is the limit.  There are footprints on the moon!” (Unknown)

Dream!  Aspire!  Humanity at its best! 🙂

 

May 9, 2010 Posted by | America, Attitude, Business, Change, Collaboration, Dream, History, Leadership, Marketing, Passion, Purpose, Success, USA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Life is Precious

Precious — great value, cherished, refined (Merriam Webster)

What if you were abused (verbally, physically, and sexually) by your parents — the people closest to you, your support, your mentor — those who should be looking out for your best interests?

Precious — intelligent, courageous, strong, tenacious, priceless

Life — hard, short, painful, rich, precious!

 

January 9, 2010 Posted by | America, Attitude, Beauty, Body, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Freedom, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Love, Mind, Passion, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dance Your Way to Success — Love, Respect, Dignity, Teamwork

“If you believe in yourself, you have what it takes to win.  You can get whatever you want . . . Show up and get it.”

“To do anything is hard . . . Even if you find the place to assign blame, problems don’t go away”

“If a woman allows me to lead, she’s trusting me.  More than that, she’s trusting herself.  If your 16-year-old daughter is strong and secure and trust herself, how likely would she let some idiot knock her up?  And if your son learns to touch a girl with respect, how will he treat women throughout his life? . . .”

“So, ladies and gentlemen, this is what I do here.  I teach dance.  WITH DANCE AND ITS SET OF RULES, WE TEACH YOUR KIDS LOVE, RESPECT, TEAMWORK, and DIGNITY; that which would help give them the vision of the future they could have.  THE VISION OF THE FUTURE THEY COULD HAVE.”  (6:30-7:46)

“I’m not interested so much in teaching ballroom dancing techniques. What’s important is the civility that ballroom dancing can bring . . . courtesy, respect, and dignity.”  (Pierre Dulaine, educator, founder, Dulaine Method)

 

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Art, Attitude, Beauty, Body, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Freedom, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Marketing, Mind, Movie, Passion, Politics, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

America — Struggles and Hopes Inside Foster Care

All a kid needs is one person to hang on to, to listen, to care, to show up consistently.  (Dr. Maureen Brennan, psychiatrist of residential treatment facility)

Imagine … abandonment, sexual abuse, lies, secrets, guilt, shame, drugs, distrust, nightmares.

Imagine … Help!  Hope!  Healing!

In America, more than half a million kids are in foster care.  Once they reach 18 and age out of the system, only two out of ten will make it.  Others will end up homeless, in prison or dead.

We can do better.  We must.  These kids don’t belong to someone else.  These kids belong to all of us.  They are America’s children.  THEY ARE AMERICA.

October 12, 2009 Posted by | America, Attitude, Body, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Freedom, God, Heart, Introspection, Journalism, Leadership, Love, Mind, Movie, Passion, Peace, Politics, Purpose, Soul, Spirit, Success, USA, War | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Coco Chanel C’est Magnifique!

“To be irreplaceable, you have to be different.”  (Coco Chanel)

Attractive, ambitious, charming, capricious, creative, elegant, simplicity, feisty, progressive, rebellious, legendary! 

Vive Chanel!

October 11, 2009 Posted by | Art, Attitude, Beauty, Business, Change, Dream, Europe, Heart, International, Leadership, Mind, Movie, Passion, Success, USA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Perfect Education

Life:  Black + White = GRAY!  

LOVE IT!  LOVE IT!  LOVE IT!

Seriously, when it comes to education, I want nothing less than the best for my kids — my two sons and the students I am privileged to serve at my elementary school.

What do you want for your children?  What values are dear to you?

I try to model hard work, a kind heart, and community service.  I want all kids to excel — to achieve, to give back to society, to care for those who are less fortunate … to speak up for those unable to speak for themselves.

At the same time, WE are students of the world’s most prestigious school — the school of Life; rarely black and white — constantly challenging us to strike a balance between the heart and the mind.

Strive to achieve.  How easily and quickly we lose sight of relationships — life’s most precious gifts! 

Put relationship first.  How quickly we may, at times, lose sight of excellence — to better ourselves and our community.

Hard work, kind heart, community service — so clear, so simple — on paper.

Education — the ever so delicate balance between the heart and the mind.

Lifelong learner … that’s me, for sure.  🙂 

September 29, 2009 Posted by | America, Art, Asia, Attitude, Change, Christianity, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Freedom, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Love, Mind, Passion, Peace, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Stress, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What’s Your Dream Vacation?

“Skywalk” at the Grand Canyon, tennis in Dubai, rock climbing, or bike along the cliff?

None of the above?! … I’m with ya!

What are your plans for the Fourth of July? 🙂

July 4, 2009 Posted by | America, Attitude, Body, Freedom, Fun and Games, Health and Wellness, Heart, Japan, Mind, Passion, Peace, Purpose, Spirit, USA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Conflict Resolution and Creative Job Hunting

(First posted on May 10, 2009.  Accidentally deleted and found.)

What do you do if you find yourself working for a tyrannical or incompetent boss, or a jealous co-worker is out to get you?

Some companies can be unhealthy for your career development and your mental health (indeed, people usually get fired because of politics and personal conflicts — not gross incompetence).

How about an annual career check-up. Take out your resume and review it.  Ask yourself several questions about your current job and your goals.

  • Am I achieving my goals and purpose in life?
  • Has my objective changed?
  • Is this job meeting my expectations?
  • Does this company fully value my contributions?
  • Am I doing what I’m good at and enjoy doing?
  • Are my skills up-to-date for this job and organization?
  • Am I fully using my skills as well as acquiring new skills?
  • Is this job worth keeping?
  • How can I best achieve career satisfaction either in this job or in another job or career?
  • What other opportunities elsewhere might be better than this job?

Perhaps changing jobs is not the best alternative for you. If you encounter difficulties with your job,  first understand the problem.  Perhaps the problem can be resolved by working with your present employer. Many employers prefer this approach.  They know that increased job satisfaction translates into less job stress and absenteeism as well as more profits for the company.  Happy workers become more productive employees.

You may want to play a “just in case” scenario by entering your resume into various online resume databases where you can literally keep yourself in the job market 24/7. Whether you’re actively looking for a job or just keeping in touch with potential opportunities, putting your resume online may be a good way to conduct a career check up on a regular basis.

Anonymously putting your resume online with websites such as Monster.com, Yahoo! hotjobs, and careerbuilder.com allows you to remain constantly active in the job market.

Participation in such resume databases may result in employers coming to you rather than you seeking out employers by using the job search strategies and techniques outlined in The Blue Collar Resume and Job Hunting Guide.

By the way, white collar workers, don’t click out just yet  This book offers numerous guerrilla job hunting tips and strategies — from how to answer tough questions to getting interviews the street-wise way (knock on doors!) – an invaluable resource!

With number of plumbers and electricians earning more than six figures, blue collar workers, in many cases, may be more skilled — if you define “skilled” by earning power — than their white collar peers.

Thoughts? :)

June 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment