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Make a living or make a life? Do both.
The other day I went to see a friend. Well I hadn't seen the old chap for a while and I was in the area.
I'd spent the previous few days working with a bunch of sensational, fired-up, passionate and focused people. I was pumped, full of energy, ready to take on the world.
My mate suggested I meet him for lunch at the corporate giant where he has an "important" job. In reality he isn't important at all. The company has 16,000 employees. My mate's just a small widget inside a gizmo that's part of a massive machine.
When I got there, he wanted to show me around. I found the most soul-less working environment you could imagine. Can't speak for everyone there, but I did meet some pretty passion-less people. Almost instantly, that clinical, cold, so-called prestigious corporate environment was oppressing me, sucking out my energy, pulling me down. I suspect at least some of the folks in that creativity crushing place come alive when they're away from work!
To me, my mate's job isn't worth half a million quid a year, let alone the relatively modest salary he probably gets.
Like many folk, my mate's built his life around his work, a job he doesn't truly care about. He feels trapped and the trappings he's accumulated to fit in with that crowd are costing him a fortune and keeping him down.
It was yet another thing to remind me how grateful I am for the life I'm building, and for the people who keep showing me what truly matters. I choose to listen and learn from those people and keep focused on the bigger picture, despite the difficulties.
I know it's a challenge but no one is likely to say "Hey! Come over here, I've already prepared a passionate, meaningful life for you. Here it is!"
For some, it's still really tough to imagine a life where we can follow our passion, make enough money to support our family, pay the bills, and afford the essential things.
I get that.
But I'm convinced we now have opportunities for passionate living that simply were not possible, or at least very limited, five years ago.
It does take quite a bit of effort, and not a little patience, to build a life around our passions and do the stuff that matters most.
But there are people, many not even as smart as you and I, who have made it happen, despite great difficulties, set backs, discouragement, or disadvantage.
I am determined to be one of those people, and to help others get there too.
So here are two great videos I've enjoyed from Ian Sanders (author of Juggle! Rethink Work, Reclaim your Life). I've found them inspiring and useful to help keep me going in the right direction. You can get more good stuff at Ian's blog.
The above video is the second one of two videos Ian did with Gaz Vee, to see the first, please go here.
Juggle! Rethink Work, Reclaim your Life (Paperback) by Ian Sanders.
Thanks very much for reading this post. I hope you found it useful. I'd love to hear what you think. Have you struggled to find a way to make a living where you can be truly passionate? Have you built a life around what you truly love? I'd love to know! See you in the comments. Much love, Ian.
I really believe in building your work around your life, not your life around your work. Good post. It is very meaningful to follow your heart and your passion. Thanks.
I truly enjoy reading your thoughts. Thank you for sharing your thoughts...the world needs more collaborating! Creative minds pave the road to the future.
I relate one hundred per cent Ian; I too have lived the life your friend is enduring within a large corporate organisation and am now following my dreams and aspirations to make my life one that excites and stimulates me and those around me. My own view is that organisations don't want individuality or passion from their employees for fear that it might cause others to question the "company line". Indeed a senior manager once confirmed this to be the case many years ago to me ... he said ideal employees performed their work and asked no questions which in time will extinquish the most fervent of souls. It's sad .. but if people want a life rather than what they deem an existence then they need to find the strength within to take the the steps to change. Not easy ... but then we only get one life (or so we should assume for this purpose!)
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