“I love this life and I love this time. But I do not wish to forget the love affair that I had when I was little.”
Last night I was discussing with a friend the book that made me understand you CAN bring your deepest self to what you do. This book showed me that being your truest self and pursuing what you love is not only possible but the only way to make a difference.
That realisation caused me to cry, like a deep inner longing was recognised and given space to be.
Today I found this video, with the same author speaking at TEDx WWF. Again I cried, from about half way through to the end. Tim MacCartney speaks what my heart tells me to be true, as he lives and fights for what he loves, and calls for us all to do the same.
The video is 18 minutes long. Watch it – his words tell you everything you need to know.
Let’s face it, most of us spend a HUGE proportion of our waking hours at work, killing time between shifts, sneaking in a few emails before dinner, or travelling to and from our workplace. We make friends with our colleagues and work conversation drifts into our personal lives.
Despite this, we seem to think it’s acceptable to settle for second best in our careers, preferring security and financial reward in favour of job satisfaction and personal fulfilment. We seem to think the two are mutually exclusive, so we’ve chosen the money. Happiness, we assume, comes later.
Not true. The time for happiness is NOW.
We are facing an Economic Revolution.
Disillusionment with traditional leadership is leading to small-scale revolutions that tackle global problems on a local scale. Micro-solutions are emerging, driven by a greater vision of profit, success and fairness for all.
Businesses serve people. People do not serve businesses. ~ Tara Gentile
A pay cheque no longer wields the power it once did. People are willing to walk away in favour of freedom of expression, deeper meaning and purpose. Over-regulated, fear-driven environments that squeeze creativity and innovation to within an inch of their lives become obvious through the lack of care and commitment from the workers that remain. Customers turn away, seeking better value.
The You Economy demands new ways of working and a new breed of leaders.