How To Do Great Work…

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I listen to TED.  It’s the only “news” I turn on.  I was looking for some inspiration and surprised to have found it in a college graduation commencement speech!

Do you know Steve Jobs?  You’ve likely heard of his name; he’s the Co-founder and CEO of Apple computer.  So, even if you don’t know his name you see the marketing for his product everywhere.  Tons of advertising money is funneled into selling his wares.  Steve admitted right there on stage that he’s  is  Not a college graduate!  That hit me between the eyes, but also helped me to put what’s been going on in my own home into perspective.  I have to decide what the most important pieces of our life is.  And I have to make decisions around my daughter’s education and sometimes I can get a little off kilter with my focus.

My twelve-year-old daughter has had some trouble in school lately.  She was sick several days and was too tired to go to school.  She was too tired because she accepted the part of Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol.  A paid part!  She knows what she wants to be when she grows up….  The cool thing is she’s not waiting until she grows up to do what she loves!

Listening to Steve Jobs speak at Stanford’s 2005 commencement address confirmed that I need to let my daughter follow her passion.  You probably think that’s a no-brainer since I teach and preach passion and purpose, but I still get caught up in our societies mental conditioning.  My daughter is at the age when it’s common for young girls (and perhaps boys) to give up on their dreams.  This is the age where they submit to the rules and expectations of society.  This is a pivotal point in her life–a choice point–where she can say yes to her dreams or let them slip through her fingers… all in the hope of going to college someday.

Here’s what Steve had to say to me in support of my daughter’s dream!

Steve’s advice is to follow your curiosity and intuition.  My daughter loves to be on stage.  She has a repertorie of voices and accents and can memorize the entire play.  Did I say she’s twelve…  The only difference between her being able to memorize her lines and the answers to her science exam is passion.  She’s got it for the theater!

What’s a mom to do?

Okay, so it’s the law… she has to go to school!  What’s a mom to do?  Especially a mom teaching life purpose… coaxing the life purpose out of those who gave up their dreams years ago.  Right… I have to encourage and empower her to go for her dreams.  TODAY!  She’s a professional… As soon as she makes enough money to hire her own teacher, she’s going to get one and then we can sleep ’till 10am.

Re-engage your passion!

It can be painful when you realize how much you let go of when you were younger.  But, today is today!  It’s the first day of the rest of your life.  Will you take a leap of faith today and commit to a life of passion and purpose?  Will you make a commitment to yourself to go for your dreams?  Don’t waste another day of your life without your Life Purpose.  Get the support and help you need so you’re not looking back on your life 5, 10, or 20 years from now (today) wishing you followed your heart.  Will you please, for the sake of humanity,  share your spiritual gifts and step in with both feet.  Today!   TODAY!

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