The message I got about work when I was growing up pointed out that there was good work and bad work. Good work meant you didn’t have to sweat.
Nobody mentioned that sweat-free work probably would involve sitting at a desk all day doing repetitive chores.
It wasn’t until I became obsessed with the role of work in our lives that I began to challenge such limiting notions. Eventually, I came to think that the best work called us to use our minds, bodies and spirits.
That, of course, is also why the concept of having multiple profit centers appeals to so […] Continue Reading…
Life often seems like an endless series of decisions to be made. Chai latte or decaf Americano? Take a walk or sit at the computer? Plant roses or zinnias? Start a business now or wait until you get fired?
Given the fact that we are called upon to make decision after decision everyday, it would seem reasonable to assume that most of us would have given thought to how we make decisions. We’d have our own decision-making tools that we could employ when needed.
If we l lack such tools, too many decisions are simply based on habit. (Chai latte yesterday, […] Continue Reading…
During the years that I lived in Santa Barbara, I always looked forward to the annual writer’s conference. Although I never attended the entire program, I often showed up for the evening talks given by successful writers.
The highlight for me was opening night when the legendary Ray Bradbury was the conference kick-off speaker. He was so popular that he held that distinction for years.
Members of the audience were often treated to personal information such as the fact that he refused to travel by air and would only go places that could be reached by car or train.
It was also […] Continue Reading…
Julia Cameron calls them Artist’s Dates. Sarah Ban Breathnach calls them Creative Excursions. Whatever you call them, they are worth making a regular event in your life.
“The Artist Date need not be overtly artistic,” says Cameron, “think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration.”
The purpose of such solo events is to take time every week to make a visit to a new place to gather ideas or just […] Continue Reading…
When Marla decided she wanted to leave her high-paying corporate job and start a small business, she feared it would be difficult to convince her musician husband of the wisdom of her plan. She carefully outlined her vision to him and waited for his response.
He considered what she said about living on a tighter budget and rearranging responsibilities and then replied, “Oh, so you’re saying we’ll move ahead by going backwards first.”
His insight is one that many people, unfortunately, lack.
But almost every dream worth going after demands a willingness to step back. That step can take many […] Continue Reading…
On July 15, 1993, I woke up feeling excited and apprehensive. The cause of this emotional turmoil had been years in the making. It was publication day for Making a Living Without a Job.
I had spent much of the previous year writing and rewriting and writing some more. But the story truly began decades earlier when I set out on my own rather lonely journey in self-employment.
My experience was very much like Paul Hawken’s who said, “When I started the natural food business in Boston, my business knowledge was scant. I did the best I could and began reading […] Continue Reading…
You’ve probably had the experience of coming across a new word, looking it up in the dictionary, then noticing that the word appears all over the place.
Or you start thinking about taking a trip to Paris and the next thing you know Woody Allen has a movie coming out called Midnight in Paris. A few days later, you strike up a conversation with a stranger in a coffee shop and they mention they’ve just come back from Paris.
While we often think of such happenings as synchronicity, I believe there’s another factor at work here. I call it selective awareness. […] Continue Reading…
My friend Chris and I loved an old cartoon in which Ziggy declared, “My idea of prosperity is a checking account with commas.” We promptly adopted that as our prosperity symbol.
Feeling prosperous is a highly individual thing and each of us has a different notion of what constitutes prosperity. For many people, alas, prosperity means having more than whatever they currently have.
It’s much healthier to find small reminders that we are creating abundance in our own lives. Here are a few of my personal favorites.
* You use up your deposit slips faster than you use your check blanks. (This […] Continue Reading…
Nick Ortner, author of the wildly successful The Tapping Solution, recently wrote about encountering a powerful bit of advice. The words that got his attention were “who you spend time with…is who you become.”
He says, “I first heard this quote and concept over 15 years ago at a Tony Robbins weekend event. I was there by myself, having seen an advertisement for it while walking the streets of New York where I lived, and knowing I needed to do something different with my life.”
Of course, if you look at his life today as a bestselling author and sought after […] Continue Reading…