203 – July 22
“Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that power to work is a blessing, that love of work is success.”—David O. McKay
A third of your life is spent working, a third is spent sleeping, and the other third is for having fun. If you love your work and your work is also your play, then two thirds of your life will be fun. It is up to you to create your life this way.
Have you ever listened to interviews with movie stars talking about how much they love their work? Many times they say they can’t believe they get paid to do it, it is so much fun. And they never seem to be looking forward to retirement so they can do what they want. They are doing what they want NOW. Getting paid for it is a bonus. When was the last time you heard a famous movie star say, “Boy, I can’t wait until I’ve saved enough to retire so I can quit working”?
Too many people get trapped into working at jobs they hate in order to pay the bills. When I was doing secretarial jobs for rent money while I was trying to develop a career as an actress, I was unfortunate enough to land in a couple of jobs I really despised. I remember waking up in the wee hours of the morning before the alarm clock rang and saying to myself, “Oh, I hope it’s not morning yet. I don’t want to have to get up and go back to that terrible job.”
It’s impossible to live a happy, healthy, or productive life from that frame of mind. And you certainly won’t create prosperity there. I attended a lecture given by Deepak Chopra, who told us of studies that were done with people who had heart attacks before age forty. They were looking for common denominators. They found only one: They all hated their jobs. It was chilling that most of the heart attacks took place on a Monday, and most of them happened around nine o’clock.
Lawrence Boldt wrote a wonderful book entitled “Zen and the Art of Making a Living” in which he talks about how true fulfillment in life comes from finding your right work. Instead of trying to fit yourself into a box that someone else has constructed, he suggests creating your own special, individual box and filling it with your life’s work. If it’s fun for you, it’s right for you. What are you good at? Once you know what your talent is, look for people who need that and are willing to pay to have it. That’s how you create your own path of employment, whether you’re working on your own as an entrepreneur or working as an employee at a company.
Don’t like your job? Well, who picked it? Here is your key. Unlock your shackles. Move!
“My work is my play and I am paid to play!”
One of the parts of my business that is the most fun is the once-a-month meeting of my Dolphin Prosperity Pod group. Composed of graduates from my 8-week Financial Stress Reduction® Workshop, we have a conference call and brainstorm creative ideas for each other, cheer loudly for each other’s successes, and help each other through the problems that get in our way sometimes. It warms my heart when one of them says they waited two years to get into the group (I only take 8 and there’s a waiting list) and another says, “When Chellie called and said, ‘There’s a space for you if you want it’ I turned my car around immediately and said, ‘I’m on my way!'”
Don’t we all love to be loved? Ahhhhh….
It’s more difficult reaching out to people who haven’t heard of you, don’t know you, don’t trust or believe you can help them yet, raise all the objections of time and money and family obligations and they’ve got to remodel their house first and they’ll take your course and learn to make money and have fun later. Sigh.
But that’s the work all of us face, isn’t it? We want to help others and they need our help, but they need convincing. They need you to guide them to their highest good but they aren’t buying until you guide them to invest in the process – spiritually, physically, emotionally, and financially. I teach people how to master their money, and what’s the first obstacle we encounter? Money. It’s too funny, really.
“Many are called but few are chosen.” Meaning in this instance that many people have financial issues they want to solve, but only a few will put their time, money, and energy into the work it takes to solve it.
I’m looking for those dolphins-in-training who might be a little bit tuna at the moment, but have a vision of a delicious, rich, future and want to start creating it NOW!