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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

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

Reallionaire — From Public Assistance to Millionaire at Age 14!

Born in Chicago’s southside, the youngest of four kids, raised by a mother working three to four jobs, hunger, the fear of eviction, gang violence — sounds like the perfect recipe for a HARD life; a STEEP uphill climb.

Not for Farrah Gray.  At 24-years-old, Gray is the ULTIMATE American success story!

Gray’s family couldn’t give him money or connections, but they gave him values to live by — pride, respect, hard work, preparation, inspiration, determination, and philanthropy.


Gray’s ten keys for success:

  • Understand the Power of a Name
  • Rejection– Fear Not!
  • Build an All-Star Mentoring Team
  • Seize Every Opportunity
  • Go With the Flow … But Know Where You Want to Go
  • Be Emotionally Prepared to Handle Failure
  • Dedicate Your Time to What You Know (and What You Love)
  • Love Your Customer
  • Never Underestimate the Power of Network
  • Know Your Partner  (Full Story)

WOW!  WOW!  WOW!

WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?! —  “DRIVE!  DETERMINATION!  HUSTLE!”

Let’s “GO GET EM!!!!”  🙂

April 22, 2009 Posted by | America, Attitude, Book Review, Business, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Dream, Education, Finance, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, International, Introspection, Leadership, Marketing, Mind, Money, Passion, Peace, People, Politics, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Stress, Success, USA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Benefits of Volunteering

From reading tutors, home builders, to taking care of children and the elderly, most of us would agree, volunteers empower and inspire those they serve.

But is volunteering a one way street?  Are volunteers simply giving their time, expertise, and their services away?

Studies have shown the priceless benefits of service:

  • Active participation in the community
  • Learning and developing new skills, new interests, and hobbies
  • Motivation and source of achievement
  • Meeting diverse range of people
  • New experiences (and more!)

Bottom line, we are social creatures.  We learn and thrive when we interact, collaborate, and serve others. (Full Story)

If you don’t want to commute, preferring to work from the comfort of your home office, online volunteering may be your calling (I didn’t know such a thing existed until now)!

Your presence, experiences, and expertise are priceless!  Volunteering is easy.  Start today!

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

Gotcha Gandhi.  I’ll start knocking some doors.  We’ll see what happens.  Wish me luck! 🙂

April 13, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Body, Business, Change, Collaboration, Compassion, Education, Freedom, God, Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Mind, Passion, Peace, Purpose, Self Help, Spirit, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Money Makes You Greedy?

Money, in my opinion, does not make a person greedy. Money magnifies the person’s true nature.

Give money to people with kind heartsThey will use money to increase love and compassion ten-folds (see Jon Huntsman. The table of contents says it all).

The Bible says, “It would be hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:23).”

The Book also states, “The remark has led some to believe that rich people can’t enter the kingdom, and others to feel that Jesus was opposed to wealth and the wealthy.  But Zacchaeus, the wealthy tax collector’s response to Jesus’ call (Matthew: 9:9-13) contradicts both of these assumptions.”

Jesus demonstrated salvation depends on the mercy — unconditional love and forgiveness — of God, not on the merits or sacrifice of people.

If  God was a judging Deity, He wouldn’t have to tell us to go to hell.  Rich or poor, humanity (yes, we sinners) would already be there.

God also tells His followers,“Judge not.” (Matthew 7:1).  He was commanding grace toward others.

Jesus was saying, Don’t blame or put down others while excusing or exalting yourself especially when you are not perfect.”

When we are called upon to correct others, we should act like a good doctor whose purpose is to bring healing — with empathy, fairness, and with a readiness to freely and fully forgive — not like an enemy who attacks. (Matthew 6:12, 14, 7:12)

I am often convicted by His perfect word.

January 6, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Christianity, Compassion, Heart, Introspection, Love, Money, Peace, People, Spirituality | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment