Do you do what you love to fulfil your basics in life? We can look at some of the answers given on Quora as to why this occurred for many people. It goes back to a lack of support in our developing years. I particularly like this answer:
“For me – when I was young I always wanted to go into the Law (I blame the reruns of Perry Mason on after school). When I was 17 I started at a new high school, the careers counsellor didn’t know me from Adam and when she asked what I wanted to do at Uni, I said Law – she asked if was getting straight A’s, I wasn’t. Her response? Forget about Law then, it’s a pipe dream. I still insisted that for my work experience I’d like to try something Law related. This request was ignored and I was assigned to stamp books in a Uni library for a week whilst other students she knew got to hang out in law firms for that week,
As a teenager with particularly low self-esteem, this advice to ‘forget it’ from an authority figure was unfortunately taken quite seriously and so I did forget about Law.
Obviously, in hindsight it was exceedingly poor advice, there was a multitude of other options open to me without straight A’s. I can’t place all blame with the careers counsellor, I could have figured it out on my own, but I wonder how things may have worked out differently had she been a bit more helpful with someone she was meeting for the first time.
Here are Ten Simple Truths from Marc Chernoff that are sometimes forgotten that would help us make progress towards doing what we love.
- Education and Intelligence accomplish nothing without action.
- Happiness and Success are two different things.
- Everyone runs their own business.
- Having too many choices interferes with decision making.
- All people possess dimensions of success and dimensions of failure.
- Every mistake you make is progress.
- People can be great at doing things they don’t like to do.
- The problems we have with others are typically more about us.
- Emotional decisions are rarely good decisions.
- You will never feel 100% ready when an opportunity arises.
So, what does the world say about truths in life, Here are a few of my favourites:
1. A paradox it may seem, but will get a lot done in life.
2. Sojourner Truth, born Isabella [Belle] Baumfree; was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. In 2014, Truth was included in Smithsonian magazine’s list of the “100 Most Significant Americans of All Time.”: Standing In The LoveLight.
3. Our Shadows walk alongside our light.
4. What would Cinderella say about this?: Who Is She?
5. Not everything we read or hear is true, use your discretion to find out which is true or untrue.
6. Boom!!!: Live Your Life.
7. Unfortunately, we have been electing these people as our political leaders in far too many countries lately.
8. They are your keepers.: Faithful.
9. What is your favourite carnival ride, probably says a lot about your relationship to life.
10. One foot in front of another gets the job done: From Little Things, Big Things Grow.
12. Sonnenberg’s blog — FrankSonnenbergOnline — has attracted millions of readers on the Internet. It was named among the “Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs”; among the “Top 100 Socially-Shared Leadership Blogs”; and one of the “Best Inspirational Blogs On the Planet.” Frank’s newest book, Soul Food: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, was released November 2018: Honesty.
13. Choice the first path, you will feel a lot more relaxed in your life.
14. I rate George one of the worlds great philosophers, highly underrated: Truth.
15. And for our final lesson, we go to Alan Watts for a universal truth.
Just remember those significant moments of opportunity for personal growth and development will come and go throughout your lifetime. If you are looking to make positive changes in your life you will need to embrace these moments of opportunity even though you will never feel 100% ready for them.
The playlist begins with my favourite song from my friend Jo Jo Smith. Over to the Cinderella soundtrack next then back to the present with T.I. and Rhianna. New to me is Sarah Reeves. The Waifs do a Kev Carmody cover next. The penultimate song is by Billy Joel and we finish with some spoken word from George Carlin: People are Prettiest When They Talk About Something They Really Love!!!
What do you really love? For me it is spreading Love and Respect for All, Everyone Included across the planet. Until we meet again, my dear friends.