There are two questions I get asked most frequently when I tell new people my story. The first is, "Why did you decide to leave law?" and the second is, "How did you make the change?" This is the step-by-step process I used to go from recovering lawyer to happy entrepreneur.
We all have our ups and downs, make mistakes, and have regrets, but rather than succumbing to unnecessary comparisons and self-absorption, we ought to realize that our unique differences serve to further the discovery of our purpose, whether we know it or not.
Why the F*%K do we do it? Money? Fame? Love of the process? What is it? Why do we continue to write screenplays when aside from the outrageously arduous task of getting it even remotely right, the odds of then getting it sold and then made and then becoming a hit are...well doubtful.
In retrospect, I think I was somehow lucky the day I lost my job and my career back in the spring of 2004. No one could have convinced me at the time, but I now see that apparent misfortune as the opportunity of a lifetime. I finally had the time to contemplate my past choices.
It is crucial that we stay grounded in some kind of permanence, not a personal permanence, but the permanence of the human journey. Ultimately, in order to stay anchored, we need more than just hashtags.
Just thinking about "finding your purpose" exercises can make folks sweat and pace -- especially this time of year. Like it or not, we're at a precipice. We're being called to leap into new beginnings and all that jazz.
It is our job as teachers to create those learning moments that help us make sense of complex realities, that clarify without oversimplifying, that disturb our assumptions and force us to think through new ones.
Once again, we find ourselves standing at the time of the year when we are supposed to charge full steam ahead into an improved diet, renewed gym membership and better disposition. But I have a better idea.
When experimenting with new business models, businesses often attempt to adopt models from more successful firms failing to understand the unique fit these models have with their competitors' culture, organizational architecture, routines and incentive systems.
Listening, I found myself missing the part of me that is more contemplative, that goes at a slow enough pace to savor the sight of the moon, that ponders the multiverse, that lives more fully in my imagination.
It's only a rare few that come back from the brink of death deeply sobered and humbled by the event. In fact, it seems that too many of us are able to survive such confrontations relatively unchanged at a soul-level.
Life is full of actions and reactions. This is what makes up the world around us from the trees we see, to the relationships that are kindled and to the babies that come from them. Every single thing we do matters.
Are you aware of your intentions? When you are angry, what are your intentions? When you are jealous, what are your intentions? Trying to change your intentions when you don't know what they are is like trying to go to New York when you don't know where you are starting from.
A modern day super-activist, Executive Director and co-founder of One Jamie Drummond's adversaries are global poverty, hunger, climate change, AIDS and other infectious diseases. His mission is literally to help save millions of lives.
Looking back at such experiences we often realize they weren't nearly as bad as they seemed. In fact, sometimes they even turned out to have a lot of benefits, yet at the time they seemed like disasters.