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Never work another day in your life

February 19, 2010 by  
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Would you still do the job you do (or did most recently if you’re not presently working) if you didn’t need the money? If you answered that with a resounding no, then its time to look into something else, something that will get you bounding out of bed in the morning, excited about what you’ll be doing that day. As Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. If what you do doesn’t feel like work, then you are where you need to be. If you dread your job, it’s time for a change.

Most people spend half or more of their waking hours dealing with their job—they are either at work, getting to work, getting ready for work, dealing with issues from work, talking to others about work or thinking about it. If you don’t love what you do, you are spending most of your life unhappy and regretful. That is not living.

Making a job or career change may not seem like the thing to do now with the economy the way it is but you could wait an entire lifetime waiting for the ideal moment to change careers or go into business for yourself and never see it. Don’t waste another minute doing something you don’t love. Take those first very easy steps and start planning for a life you will be truly happy living.

If it’s a matter of not knowing where to go from here, stop looking at jobs and careers in terms of money or perks or titles. Start looking at what energizes you, what inspires you, and what work you do that makes you feel like your efforts matter. Write these things down and make them the priorities that determine the direction your career and life will take.

Once you have your new career goal in mind, work at it every day. Look to my book, How to Ignite Your Passion for Living, for all the steps and help you’ll need to get you to the point where it’s not longer work–it’s just what you love to do.

There is No Time to Waste

February 12, 2010 by  
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Joe Land with wife Krista in Sept. 2009

Joe Land with wife Krista, Sept. 2009

Last week I received some very sad news. A good friend and an amazing individual, Joe Land, passed away. He was only 65 which seemed far too young for a man who had done so much, given so much, and certainly had much more to offer.

The news of his passing made me cry, however, when I stopped to consider all he had done in his life, I could only smile. I am certain he was in the middle of some great project, chasing whatever idea had most recently grabbed him. He never stopped going after the things he wanted.

Joe, a grammar school drop-out, was a self-made millionaire who helped people all over the country find fulfillment and happiness through his subliminal learning techniques, tapes, and books. He was also one of the greatest public speakers I have ever heard. He really knew how to live life to the fullest and loved what he was doing. He was an inspiration to me and, as evidenced by the fact that he always got a standing ovation whenever he spoke, to many others as well.

But suddenly he is gone and yet I am certain he left with no regrets. I am glad Joe was able to live such a full and amazing life. But many other people take too long to try and grab their dreams and make a life they are truly happy with. And that is what I’d like you to take away from this little story—that there is no time to waste.

If you aren’t working towards what you really want, get started, right now, this very minute. If you are taking steps to build your ideal life, are you putting your all into it? Take time to re-dedicate yourselves to living every day to the fullest and set your minds to go after what you really, really want in life. There is no time to waste and no good reason to wait. Go out and live. And live well.

He was only 64 which seemed far too young for a man who had done so much, given so much, and certainly had much more to offer. However, when I stopped to consider all he had done in his life, I could only smile. I am certain he was in the middle of some great project, chasing whatever idea had most recently grabbed him. He never stopped going after the things he wanted.

Joe, a grammar school drop-out, was a self-made millionaire who helped people all over the country find fulfillment and happiness through his subliminal learning techniques, tapes, and books. He was also one of the greatest public speakers I have ever heard. He really knew how to live life to the fullest and loved what he was doing. He was an inspiration to me and, as evidenced by the fact that he always got a standing ovation whenever he spoke, to many others as well.

But suddenly he is gone and yet I am certain he left with no regrets. I am glad Joe was able to live such a full and amazing life. But many other people take too long to try and grab their dreams and make a life they are truly happy with. And that is what I’d like you to take away from this little story—that there is no time to waste.

If you aren’t working towards what you really want, get started, right now, this very minute. If you are taking steps to build your ideal life, are you putting your all into it?  Take time to re-dedicate yourselves to living every day to the fullest and set your minds to go after what you really, really want in life. There is no time to waste and no good reason to wait. Go out and live. And live well.

The Wisdom of a Child

February 5, 2010 by  
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Remember when you were a child and someone would ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up? What did you say? It might have been something like a baseball player, doctor, teacher, writer, or artist. And did you grow up and become the person you wanted to be then or are you still just dreaming about it?

Children don’t tell us they want to grow up to be something great and important on a whim. They really believe they can be anything they want. They do not have the fears and limiting beliefs that we gather as we grow up. They think that all they have to do is want it and work towards it and they will reach their dream. And you know what? They’re right.

If there is something you have wanted to do or become but haven’t tried to attain it yet, its time for you to regain your childhood outlook on life. Become fearless. Know that anything is possible. You can still be a great athlete—look at me, a gold medal tennis champion at the age of 63. You can still return to school and become a doctor or a teacher. You can start your life as a writer or artist by sitting down right now with pen or brush, signing up for classes, and joining art and writing groups. You can do or become anything you want. You are only restricted by your hesitation and fear.

With this unwavering belief that anything is possible, along with a few tips and tricks like the ones you can find in How to Ignite Your Passion for Living, there is nothing you can’t accomplish. Just let go of all your excuses and limiting beliefs and start making them real today. A child wouldn’t wait and neither should you.