To do or not to do….
Why am I here? Not in the grandiose “why are we here” sense, but far more literally, why am I blogging?
The short answer is: In search of a calling.
This blog is older than the known universe, but this entry is in the hope that soon the posts in it shall be far more contemporary.
My story, at least the one i find myself in at the moment starts about 4 months ago. As it often is with such things, there are backstories to my backstories. Rather than delve into all that, it’s easier to explain current happenings, leaving more tangled tales (albeit more interesting) to future entries (once again in the fervent hope that these will materialise).
What do i want to do with my life? (The Question) elusive and mystifying, The Answer to The Question is what brings me here. Over the past few months, I’ve developed an obsession of sorts with watching Ted talks. And this in turn is how i came across Scott Dinsmore and http://liveyourlegend.net/
Scott‘s a normal guy with an abnormal interest in what drives people and more specifically, why people do the work that they do and how can people find and do work that they love. One of Scott’s favourite statistics to quote (and he does so ad nauseam) is that 80% of people are not happy with the work that they do. Obviously this is not where any of us want to be, and what Scott and Co. are doing over at LIVE YOUR LEGEND (Check it out, most of it is simple, well structured and free advice, tips and tricks on how to find and do work you love – what could be more useful?) is really quite admirable as a step towards reducing this huge gaping hole in Gross Domestic Happiness.
Anyway, what really got me thinking is a quote by Warren Buffett that Scott uses in his Ted talk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jpe-LKn-4gM#t=105).
“I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?”
In characteristically tongue-in-cheek fashion, Buffett puts things into perspective as only he can.
So why blog? one of the things Scott recommends as a useful tool in finding and doing work you love is to start a blog where you can begin to publish ideas that you are passionate about and things that make a difference to your life.
The logic is that you keep writing about yourself and what excites you, what bores you, things you want to do in life, your mission statement, your hopes and dreams and your ambition; with time you begin to develop a picture of the things that make you jump out of bed in the morning (and of course this changes from time to time, so its important to stay abreast of the latest happenings in your universe)
So this is it, the big shebang, the new world, Ithaka and Kurukshetra all rolled into one.