Monday, May 3, 2021 (Day 123)
Meditation Music for the week: Touching Calm: Liquid Mind (7:44) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlUKEoBgois
Question: If you were free to do whatever you wanted to do as a career, with no judgement or repercussions, what would you do?
Answer: I think I’m going to like this career section because it’s going to help me get clear about what I want to do. I’ve been thinking a lot about my work, especially now that in two days, I’ll be meeting with the review committee to try to sell our Life Design Catalyst Program. And I’m been thinking about how to sum up my work in one sentence, it’s “we help people (students) answer the question, “What should I do with my life?” That’s it in a nutshell. Almost every person that we work with wants an answer to that question. Before we can talk about money, grades, and everything else, we MUST help people answer this question. So, with that said, if I could develop the perfect job/career, I would work with a community college system as a consultant, working with colleges on developing programs to engage students at a deeper level. For example, I have this “vision” that I would be working in (or with) the North Carolina Community College System Office, in the “Office of Transitions and Transformation (or Transitions and Transformations Center), where we could incorporate some type of Life Design Catalyst Program at each institution. Some may want to a course, some may want a workshop, some may offer something to prison inmates, some may want it as an advising/coaching program, some may want it as a foundation for minority mentoring programs – each school gets to decide how we could help. I (or me and my business partner Stephanie) would travel around the state and provide tools, resources, and/or trainings to schools around the state as part of our job, helping them implement LDC work as they see fit. There are so many different ways and so many different populations we could serve/help with this work, every one looking for answers to the question, “What should I do with my life?” I think I was also inspired by my students this semester, with a few of them sharing how much they enjoyed my classes and how much they learned about themselves and how much they want in life – and that they have control in that process. Not everyone gets it, but imagine if we could help 1/3 to 1/2 of people in the U.S. get clear about their lives; what would our country look like if that was to happen? As I write this, it makes me think of the movie “Pay It Forward,” where each of us could impact three people at a time. It could have a HUGE ripple effect, not only in North Carolina, but in the country as well. And THAT’S a vision to get excited about! By the way, can you tell that I’m excited about this idea? I’m open to doing it here in NC, but I’m also okay with doing it in Arizona as well. At this point in my life, I’m pretty portable. Anyone want to join me?
Mark Manson puts out a very insightful newsletter on Mondays, that I religiously read (I won’t share the title because I know it would offend a few of you). Again, he’s one of the authors that writes like I think, so most of his work is aligned with how I think. Today, he wrote three posts that are just awesome, aligned a lot with what I share with and learn from students. Today’s posting is on three topics: (1) The Virtue of Boredom. (2) Chasing Happiness Makes You Unhappy. (3) Social Isolation Makes Us Stupid. If those topics intrigue you, read more here:
It’s always funny to me because I can tell you that the #2 value that first year students share that’s most important is happiness – and now here’s a study that states that chasing happiness makes you unhappy. How ironic. Again, if you agree with a lot that I’m sharing in these posts, then you’ll appreciate his thoughts on these three topics. Enjoy!