So this is not original, but comes from famous book “What Colour is Your Parachute” – Richard Bolles.

The final chapter is a spiritual perspective on finding your “mission” in life with an emphasis on Who provides the mission. Fascinating stuff. He presents the mission side of things in three stages which are really intriguing. So I thought I’d share them with you.

1. Your First Mission
Your first mission on earth is to “seek to stand, hour by hour, in the conscious presence of God, the One from whom your Mission is derived”

2. Your Second Mission
The second mission is “to do what you can, moment by moment, day by day and step by step, to make the world a better place, following the leading and guidance of God’s Spirit within you and around you”

3. Your Third Mission
a) To exercise the Talent which you particularly came to earth to use – your greatest gift, which you most delight to use
b) In the place(s) or setting(s) which God has caused to appeal to you the most
c) And for those purposes which God most needs to have done in the world.

The first two Missions are shared by everyone. Which means if you haven’t found the third mission yet, you still have something to get on with. No need to sit around twiddling your thumbs because we all have two missions to do without a lot of soul searching.

I like this theory and I’m going to give it a go. He also emphasises that there is an essential process of self examination that needs to be done before embarking on a career search.

This inspiring book was written by Po Bronson, an American guy who travelled all over the country, even internationally interviewing thousands of people. He presents the stories of those who have tried earnestly to find their passion, vocation or calling in life. And he also provides pointers, generalisations about the Question, as he calls it. He also has a website

I read this book a few years ago and was so impressed that I even took notes, something I have virtually never done before with a book. So here I am on a hot summer morning with children underfoot trying to re-read my notes while dispensing rusks and tickles. Why?

Does the white elephant need a new career?

Now I’m going to attach the notes, in case anyone’s interested but if you don’t want to read them – here are a few quotes.

“Your calling isn’t something you inherently “know,” some kind of destiny. Far from it. Almost all of the people I interviewed found their calling after great difficulty. They had made mistakes before getting it right.”

“Most of us don’t get epiphanies. We only get a whisper — a faint urge. That’s it. That’s the call. It’s up to you to do the work of discovery, to connect it to an answer.”

“Shouldn’t I make money first — to fund my dream? The notion that there’s an order to your working life is an almost classic assumption: Pay your dues, and then tend to your dream. I expected to find numerous examples of the truth of this path. But I didn’t find any.”

“I met many people who had left the money behind. But having “enough” didn’t trigger the change. It had to get personal: Something had to happen such as divorce, the death of a parent, or the recognition that the long hours were hurting one’s children.”

“The shortest route to the good life involves building the confidence that you can live happily within your means (whatever the means provided by the choices that are truly acceptable to you turn out to be).”

“… being smarter doesn’t make answering The Question easier. Using the brain to solve this problem usually only leads to answers that make the brain happy and jobs that provide what I call “brain candy.” Intense mental stimulation…What am I good at? is the wrong starting point”

“The relevant question in looking at a job is not What will I do? but Who will I become? What belief system will you adopt, and what will take on heightened importance in your life? Because once you’re rooted in a particular system — whether it’s medicine, New York City, Microsoft, or a startup — it’s often agonizingly difficult to unravel yourself from its values, practices, and rewards”

“The first psychological stumbling block that keeps people from finding themselves is that they feel guilty for simply taking the quest seriously”

“It was in hard times that people usually changed the course of their life, in good times they frequently only talked about change”

“Sometimes you need to put yourself first, stop denying what makes you happy in favour of what seems morally correct.”

“Failure is hard but success is more dangerous. If you are successful at the wrong thing, the mix of praise and money and opportunity can lock you in forever. It is much harder to leave a good thing”

“Change Artists are able to have many powerfully intense passions. Changing careers is a modern form of wandering. It’s how we expose ourselves to more of the world without ditching our responsibilities or draining our savings”

“Sometimes people don’t need a new profession, they just need a better life outside work.”

“Don’t pretend what you do doesn’t shape you”
What Should I do with my Life

angry workplace

September 9, 2006

This is intriguing, Mr Angry tells all about crazy-making behaviours at work. Sounds exactly like my old workplace of 4 years ago, where I spent the majority of 7 years working! Whadya mean, gossip? If there was no gossip what would people do at work? Oh, duh, you mean do some work Mr Angry – novel idea. I like the idea of an anger blog and this guy seems to be Australian also. I’m just not sure I could handle reading anger too often let alone writing it.