[blockquote cite=”Jim Rohn” type=”center”]“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”[/blockquote]
So many of us are stuck in the rat race. We want to be farmers, homesteaders, or someting else that involves working closer to home, and not for the man. But we never end up doing that. Why? I think people are either afraid to take a risk and start, or they don’t know where to start.
This podcast should start to address both of those issues and at least get you thinking.
I really hope that this helps motivate some people to break free from complacency and at least start thinking (seriously) about the direction of their life. If you want to start doing something in the permaculture realm, then there is no better time than to start now. Make 2014 your year and leave the year that you want to live.
Remember “if you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” That may sound harsh, but it is reality. And to be honest, if you can’t put forth some effort to come up with a realistic plan that might (or might not) work, then you deserve, not much. Most people don’t try very hard to follow their dreams. Trying and failing is better than not trying at all. IT WON’T BE EASY and it will take time. You will have some failures and all plans won’t work, but that is better than nothing. You have to start. Just start…
All the credit in the world to John for writing this. It’s brilliant.
Key Takeaways from this Episode:
- Be careful of the danger of just pursuing your passion. At the end of the day you have to make a living and get some sort of yield for your work.
- Balance: Biological, physical, social, spiritual health. Most people focus on one or two areas, not all. Consider this when pursuing a career path.
- Start looking for a career where your passion and skills overlap. Then start adding in what does the world need (will they pay for it) and does it have meaning to your own life.
- Think about if a new career is sustainable. Could you do it every day all day for the next 1, 2, 5, 10 years? Along with all of the side baggage that goes with it – accounting, marketing, legal, etc..
- A lot of marketing is driven to you to consume more stuff. Often times that consumption is fueled by debt and is filling a void to pursue happiness.
- Forcing kids into careers. How many people were “forced” down a career path by parents, counselors, and teachers because it “was a good career path.” And the you could parlay that career into a life of “success with a big house, nice car, and a whole bunch of bills.
- Embrace the idea of having a few primary careers, and multiple secondary careers. That creates resiliency and helps to eliminate boredom and burnout. Permie examples – think: Paul Wheaton, Joel Salatin, Darren Doherty, Rob Avis.
- Permaculture Principle 10: Use and value diversity. “Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which is resides.” [permacultureprinciples.com] Apply this thought to careers and finances. Embrace the diversity to meet your needs and become more resilient.
- Money is the excuse, but fear it the reality. It doesn’t take a lot to get our needs met. But it takes courage to step away from the rat race.
- “If we are not accomplishing something, if we are not working towards something that matters, even if that something just matters to us, then we are going to feel like what’s the point, why are we doing anything.”
- “Perfect is the enemy of good.”
- “We are getting career counseling from people who really don’t like their jobs themselves.”
- “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis
- “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Henry David Thoreau
- “A goal is not always mean to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” Bruce Lee
- “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Henry David Thoreau
- “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” Jim Rohn
- “If you won the lottery, what would you do after you did all the initial travel and spending you wanted to do? Let’s look at your life two or three years after you won the lottery, and you still had millions of dollars left… how would you spend your time? What would you do every day if money was no object?” Jack Spirko
- “Have one job for each day of the week.” Bill Mollison
- “You can’t connect the dots looking forwards; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well- worn path and that will make all the difference.” Steve Jobs
- “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs
The Myth of the Perfect Job on Temperate Climate Permaculture by John Kitsteiner:
[blockquote cite=”John Kitsteiner” type=”center”]”I want something more out of this life. I do not think it is a fantasy, but then again… maybe it is. Well, then, I aim to live my fantasy. I aim to make my fantasy a reality.”[/blockquote]
Steve Job’s EPIC 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
[blockquote cite=”Steve Jobs” type=”center”]“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” [/blockquote]
You can make a living building forts. See professional fort builder, Jay Nelson:
“So why do it? There will always be a More and Better just beyond our reach, no matter how high we climb. We could always have a little more money and a few more choices. But as we see it, we don’t need to work harder to get more money to have more choices because we already made our choice. We chose our family and our friends and our place. Like any life ours comes with trade-offs, but on balance it’s a good life, we’ve already got it, and we’re damn well going to enjoy it……
The medium chill involves what economists call satisficing: abandoning the quest for the ideal in favor of the good-enough. It means stepping off the aspirational treadmill, foregoing some material opportunities and accepting some material constraints in exchange for more time to spend on relationships and experiences.
But will a better thing make us happier? We’re inclined to think, “of course it would!” But that’s because, as social psychologists have come to understand quite well, we’re not very good at predicting what will make us happy. In fact, we suck at it.”
PART 2, The Medium Chill Revisited: http://grist.org/living/the-medium-chill-revisited/
Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness
Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work
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