There are only two points that matter: The Moment, and The Vision.
What are you doing right now, and what do you want to create?
Stay focused in the moment and stay relentless toward YOUR vision.
The middle doesn’t matter – so be open and nimble and ready. Don’t get discouraged when all doesn’t go according to plan. Don’t let the downs shake you off course.
Take the hits, but remember where you’re headed. Notice the signals and follow the signs.
Go with your gut… As long as that bigger picture – that broader purpose – remains clear and honest and true, keep doing and keep moving.
You WILL get there.
After a lifetime of personal experience, 15 years of corporate and startup experience, and four solid years helping people learn everything from surfing and pottery to financial planning and dental assisting, I’ve found three factors to be the most important to success and fulfillment in your career:
1. Passion: You gotta genuinely love what you do.
2. Skills: Passion alone is powerful, but it isn’t enough. Specialized training on the specific, practical skills that you need on the job is critical. Sounds basic but I’m constantly blown away by how many people are working jobs they aren’t properly trained for (and yes, even/especially those with college degrees).
3. Mentorship: You need to be surrounded by leaders and experts who genuinely care about you, your company and the mission you’re on together.
Passion, Skills and Mentorship.
If you have those three things, you will do great work. And you’ll have a blast doing it.
Company leaders, please do your best to not only hire folks who already possess this triumvirate, but help your current employees get there as well. You can’t teach passion, but you can definitely help with skills and mentorship. It will not only drive your bottom line, but it will elevate your company culture and enhance your customer experience.
Something powerful happens when we decide to follow our passions.
It jumpstarts a colorful dance of contrasts and contradictions… our focus narrows but our world expands… our heart races but our soul stands still…
We are both infectious and unbearable… tunnel vision with eyes to the sky…
Alone and alive.
Empty yet full.
A cageless fire meets an endless fuel…
Racing across a never-ending bridge of up and down and back and forth, until we unceremoniously connect faith to fulfillment…
And then, we build a bigger bridge.
Family begins with blood, but builds with love.
And trust. And turmoil. And tears. And shared values. Shared passion and compassion. Shared purpose…
It’s amazing how synchronized our souls become when we work together to create the same dream, while becoming our best selves in the process.
When strangers become colleagues, and colleagues become teammates, and teammates become brothers.
And you lift and push and punch and pull each other along the way. The memories made and the moments created are priceless. And the shared understanding lasts a lifetime. It’s a beautiful thing.
It’s a lifestyle, not a destination…
You have to see different things.
You’ve gotta walk unfamiliar streets.
You have to hear strange sounds and witness uncommon cultures.
You have to fumble through foreign languages and fall into unexpected conversations.
You have to explore.
The more differences you see, the more you realize we’re all same.
Gratefulness is the key to happiness.
In a life full of lessons, that’s one of the biggest I’ve learned.
Things don’t always go as we planned. Actually, most of the time they don’t. Things take longer, cut deeper and are just plain harder than we imagine. More people leave than stay. We lose time and we lose trust. The picture gets fuzzy and the canvas gets frayed. And no matter what we paint on our face or put on our feeds, we lose a whole lot more than we win.
But through it all – the good, the bad and the awful; the silent victories and the screaming failures; the hidden strides and the public setbacks; the best of times and the worst of timing…. through it ALL – if we remain grateful for every part of it, we’re able to live our best life.
If we‘re grateful for each opportunity, more chances seem to come our way. If we’re thankful for our darkest moments, life begins to become a little lighter. When we nod in appreciation, fate smiles back.
Because it’s the whole thing, every soft corner and every sharp edge, that builds us into who we are. And when we’re aware of that, and grateful for that, then – no matter what – we build something beautiful. No matter what, we’re truly happy.
Sometimes we need a reset.
And I believe that letting yourself loose into the wild, falling into the welcoming arms of nature, is the most poignantly powerful reset button you can push.
Whatever you’re going through, you can get out of it if you get outside. The pain and the problems may not disappear, but your perspective will dilate. It will stretch and expand as you seek and explore. Your state of mind will be silently seduced by the scents and signals and signs that decorate your path.
Nature has an amazing ability to inject an unfiltered, unfettered, unmistakable surge of gratefulness, gratitude and humility straight into our soul… Clear your head in the clearing. Face your fears on the mountain. Confess your sins to the ocean. Bandage your broken heart off the beaten path…
If you need to feel what you’re feeling, or heal where you’re hurting, step outside…
And then, as you’re searching for everything and nothing, soaking in the sentiments of all that’s around you, the wind will whisper its most precious secret: that the answers are all INSIDE you.
We often get our “passion” and our “purpose” confused.
I used to think about this a lot, especially as I got older and started to advance in my career. I wanted my decisions to be more linked to passion and purpose, but I wasn’t clear on either.
Were they the same thing? How do you define them? What’s the difference?…
It took me a lot of learning and exploring and failing and finding to discover the simple answer to that confusing question:
Your passion is about YOU. It’s about what you love.
Your purpose has NOTHING to do with you. It’s about what you do for OTHERS.
And when you’re able to sync them seamlessly together – pouring your time and energy and effort into what you love in order to create something meaningful for others – that’s when you become your greatest self. That’s when you give your greatest gift.
But not just the ‘nice to look at’ kind of beauty… A deeper kind.
The kind that touches you in an instant but speaks to you for a lifetime. The kind that finds dreams in the darkness and feeds truth in the light. The kind that stems from realness and rawness and an indescribable desire to give MORE.
More to yourself, more to others, more to the world.
The kind of beauty that transforms strangers into soulmates, and turns a community into a Calling.
Beauty that comes in different shapes and shades and sizes, but feels the same through shared eyes.
Beauty that’s a vision to create, and a passion to call home…
Beauty that lasts. Beauty you take with you.
Beauty that you love so much, you long to give it away.
Grateful as always for the highs, lows and all the spaces and places in between.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that you just gotta keep going.
Keep moving, keep working, keep believing.
Don’t stop, don’t listen.
Follow your vision off a cliff and hit the ground running.
The journey is the gift and the process is the prize. Your passion is the fuel.
And when you learn to willingly and willfully give more than you get, then you are truly grateful; then you are truly happy.
So keep going. It’s a lifestyle, not a destination.