The battle of passion vs work

“Do what you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”

Of all inspirational quotes you can find all over the internet this is one I dislike the most.

First of all, it assumes that work itself is a bad thing, something you should try to escape from. It’s a concept I disagree with but I am not going to delve on that here; we have an excellent post on our blog that talks more about why this is the wrong way to think about work.

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You are guest speaking on TED in 3 days (you’re ready, right?)

I’ve got a fun challenge for you…

It’s something I’ve asked one of my coaching clients to do when we talked about her struggle to find her offer to the world.

It’s very simple.

Imagine that in three days from today you have to give a Ted talk in front of a thousand people.

3 days. That’s all the time you have to pick a topic and prepare for it.

You can talk about anything you want. There are no limits.

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Your “To Stop” List

When you stop doing what doesn’t matter, you turn down the noise and create room for what you really care about.  Sometimes you need to subtract before you add.

Too many people focus on their “To Do” list when they should be using a “To Stop” list.

These are all the highest leverage things you can stop now [click to download]

Print it out and hang it somewhere you’ll see constantly and can’t ignore.

What would you add to your “To Stop List”?

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The Terrifying Habit Of Highly Successful People

It’s been a while since I read a truly good motivational book

Feels like in the last decade every Tom, Dick and Harry decided to write one… with various results, to put it mildly.

Having no luck with finding anything inspiring, I came back to the good old classic:

Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People”

(If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend that you do).

Anyway, sitting with my battered (highlights, notes, coffee stains…) copy last night, I came to the part I wanted to share with you:

The creative process is also the most terrifying part because you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen or where it is going to lead.

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How I killed my ‘I’m not ready’ syndrome overnight

This story happened some years ago.

Back then I wasn’t very happy with my life – chasing deadlines, tired and stressed, living from Friday to Friday; enjoying the occasional breaks when I could sleep longer than 6 hours, read book at home rather than during morning commute and of course dream about all that I was going to do with my life… one day…

…when I had more time

…when I was less tired

…when I had more money

…when I had a better idea

…when I felt ready

…when when when… a word that became my mantra; my excuse;

I was drifting through life dreaming of a day when all the stars aligned and the change would happen.

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