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Making a living is not the same as making a life. Find what makes your heart sing and create your own music.
Many people work all their lives and dislike what they do for a living. In fact, I was astounded to see a recent USA Today survey that said fifty-three percent of people in the American workplace are unhappy with their jobs. Loving what you do is one of the most important keys to maintaining a positive attitude. You can’t fake passion. It is the fuel that drives any dream and makes you happy to be alive. However, to love what you do, the first step is to self-analyze, to simply know what you love. We all have unique talents and interests, and one of life’s greatest challenges is to match these talents with career opportunities that bring out the best in us. It’s not easy – and sometimes we can only find it through trial and error – but it’s worth the effort.
Ray Kroc, for example, found his passion when he founded McDonalds at the age of 52. He never “worked” another day in his life. John James Audubon was unsuccessful for most of his life. He was a terrible businessman. No matter how many times he changed locations, changed partners, or changed businesses, he still failed miserably.
Not until he understood that he must change himself did he have any shot at success. And what changes did Audubon make? He followed his passion. He always had loved the outdoors and was an excellent hunter. In addition, he was a good artist and as a hobby would draw local birds.
Once he stopped trying to be a businessman and started doing what he loved to do, his life turned around. He traveled the country observing and drawing birds, and his art ultimately was collected in a book titled Audubon’s Birds of America. The book earned him a place in history as the greatest wildlife artist ever. But more importantly, the work made him happy and provided the peace of mind he’d been seeking all his life.
How do you find your purpose in life? There are no easy answers, but here are two practical tips that can help:
Discover Your Gifts
We’re all unique and each of us has our own special gifts. Make a list of what you consider your strengths and your weaknesses. Next, don’t just assume your assumptions are correct. Get feedback from what Ken Blanchard calls “trusted truth-tellers” – friends and family members who won’t just tell you what you want to hear but who will share their true opinions. With their help you can get a realistic perspective of your gifts.
Discover What Moves You
Find your passion and strive to live your life around it. Make your list. Do your homework. There is this caution, however…have patience. Your purpose in life probably won’t surface overnight, but like love, it will find you when you least expect it.
Finding your reason for being brings a positive attitude that can be unstoppable.
History does have its lessons
Next time someone starts to spread gossip, think of this:
In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.
One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?”
Wait a moment,” Socrates replied. “Before you tell me I’d like you to pass a little test.It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”
“That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my student let’s take a m! oment to filter what you’re going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”
“No,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and…”
“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?”
“No, on the contrary…”
“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, even though you’re not certain it’s true?”
The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.
Socrates continued. “You may still pass the test though,because there is a third filter – the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?”
“No, not really…”
“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful,! why tell it to me at all?”
The man was defeated and ashamed.
This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
It also explains why he never found out that Plato (his student) was having an affair with his wife.
Moral: It’s good to gossip sometimes!!!
Came across the new script of KJo’s upcoming movie titled -> Kolkata Knightriders ki kahani..
Its an Amazing script, brialliantly written and very inspiring.Here’s a brief summary:
SRK hits 36 in the final over and helps KKR finally win the IPL. He steps in after all players leave him and only 10 remain. Dancing Katrina and dancing Deepika and more dancing dumb belles at Lord’s.
Later its revealed that SRK’s father was Don Bradman (played by Amitabh Bacchan) who dies just hours before the finals and wants KKR to win.
Heartbreaks Happens to all those who have this incessant urge to be loved, I guess..
The first time it’s always pure..you want to love with all ur heart.. and then end up wondering, why you gave your heart to this person…
You keep falling in love again and again… most of the times, not knowing whether we are falling in love or just making a compromise to satisfy the need to be loved..
After many bad experiences.. the decision/disillusion..the feeling that we are not able to/incapable to love someone with all our heart..
Feeling worthless..when you KNOW you are a good person..and yet wonder.. “Why does this happen to me..Isn’t there a single person in this world who can identify with me??”…
But I guess .. we will know when that person comes..not because he/she is perfect/..but because we will be happy to make those sacrifices without feeling bad..
There is this story..
A teacher asked a student to go to the paddy field and pick the biggest paddy he comes across..only rule..you can never turn back!!!
The student found one as soon as he entered..but he left it there cos he thought he could find a bigger one..he kept throwing away the paddy..after he reached half way he realized that the paddies were getting smaller in size.. but he couldn’t go back..so he picked one which was much smaller in size than the one he had picked in the beginning..
When the student went back to the teacher, the teacher said..
This is love.. we always keep looking for better ones, only to realize that the ones we let go were better .. (maynot be always true..but the point here is..we keep looking for that elusive perfect partner who understands us totally)..
Then the teacher asked the student to go to the paddy field again.. and asked him to pick the biggest paddy..same rule..no turning back..
The student encountered a decent sized paddy and picked it..
When the student returned the teacher said..this is marriage..
You know there might be bigger and better ones there..but you settle for the one you have!..