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“wan­der­ers, dream­ers, and lovers”

I hate to break it to you, but I haven’t got it figured out. I know you come to this blog to read pearls of wisdom to help you find your way to happiness and contentedness and better, whiter, teeth or at least wider smiles, but I’m afraid there’s very little of that here. You …

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The Problem with Loving Your Work

No, this is not another “Should you do what you love?” post. I promised that I’d said the last word I would say on that. Rather, consider this a cautionary tale. The last few days as I’ve been working at home I’ve had a few of my long-time hobby projects turn into full-fledged moneymakers. Suddenly …

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Life life

Nora Dunn’s “Working on the Road”

Let’s start by doing a full-disclosure: if you decide to use this review to purchase Working on the Road, I will get a cut. In fact, I’ll get a bigger cut than the folks at Unconventional Guides (because Chris is cool like that). I also was given a preview copy of the Guide for review …

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Life

Learning to Love Life’s Work

If you’ve not enjoyed the magical site that is ZenPencils, you’re really missing out on some delightful illustrations of some of the most profound statements and concepts of our or any time. Most recently he did one from Kahlil Gibran’s chapter on work: “Work is love made visible. And if you can’t work with love, …

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In Defense of Passion

The only thing that drives me as nuts as the bland and whimsical “Follow your passion!” articles that fill personal development blogs is the inevitable backlash of “Don’t follow your passion!” rebuttals. I’ve written on the subject here before, and I swear, I’m not going to go over the same stuff in this post. Aside …

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Life

dance and play and work

Starman Dances with the Universe A while back when we were talking about mantras, I mentioned this as one of my own that has stood the test of time. It’s helpful in times of chaos to find the things like this that can remind you that it’s possible to turn that stumble into a syncopated pas-de-chat …

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Life

the key to finding meaningful work

The Stupid Gender Work operates like an eraser on chance or luck. – Emi Kolawole “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” “Make your own luck.” “Never tell me the odds.” Ok, the last one is more Han Solo than personal development, but there’s a strong thread of advice that comes down through the ages telling us …

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Life

a life of dignity

A Dignified About-Face When I was a kid, we had a cat named Dignity. We named him that, Mom said, “…because he had none.” That was certainly the case as a kitten, but as he grew older, like all cats, he managed to develop a certain feline dignity. Even when falling off a perch, he …

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Practice

finding nobility in simple practice

And Now, the Classics… This is an epic moment. For the first time in my life, I’m going to quote Virgil: Even now the countryman actively pushes on to the coming Year and its tasks; attacking the naked vine with a curved Pruning knife, he shears and trims it into shape Be the first to …

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should you do what you love?

Do What You Love – No, Wait… Ya gotta love the lemmings. Steve Jobs, in a now-famous keynote, set down a challenge for the up-and-coming workers (aka college grads) that has been quoted over and over: You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for …

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