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Double Your Income Now!

I stopped in to see my friend the other morning. He owns a little shop in the downtown where I live. He seemed rushed and reluctant to shoot the shit with me. Usually he welcomed me into his shop and and we would sit and b.s. until the first customer had to knock on...

Never Go Back To Work After Vacation

The worst part of vacation is returning and heading back to work. I just listened to the audiobook, Vagabonding by Rolf Potts. It's a philosophy book disguised as a travel book.  As I drove my family to spend a week in Chicago I listened as Potts described...

Make Starving A Game

So, I've been eating a Vegan Diet for the last week now. It's a little difficult and it requires thought. And that's why I love it. I used to work for a guy who was on a diet so restrictive that it actually made the dieter's body temperature drop a couple...

Need Motivation? Write Your Own Obituary!

A great story about artist's motivation comes from the life of the artist Salvador Dali... or, maybe it was some other genius. Really doesn't matter - we'll just say it was Dali.  It seems that, in his family, Salvador was actually Salvador #2.  Salvador...

Full Time Jobs Suck: Tell the Truth and Blow Your Interview

Even though I know that full time jobs suck, I used to go to interviews and lie.

I usually got the jobs.  I would figure out what they wanted to hear and say that that’s what I am. “We need a screwdriver?” they would say.  “Oh, yeah, well I’m a screwdriver,” I’d exclaim. “It’s my passion in life to drive screws all day long. I can drive screws for hours. I read books about driving screws. I drive miles and miles just to drive screws. Let me drive your screws for you. It’s what I live for.” You sit there with a pleasant smile plastered on your face, make warm (but not too warm) eye contact, agree that all the limitations they are offering you are really things you want in your life. “No benefits, you say? Well that’s perfect for me because I’ve been feeling a little too appreciated lately.” I was so convincing that I didn’t even realize I was lying until they said I was hired. Then I didn’t feel so good about driving screws.

This week I went in for a few job interviews even though I know very well that, for me, full-time jobs suck. This time I told the truth.  read more…

The Space Between The Notes: The Pause Principle

<img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-225" title="the-pause-principle-step-back-to-lead-forward" src="https://adayon.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/the-pause-principle-step-back-to-lead-forward1-194×300.jpeg" alt="Pause" width="194" height="300" srcset="http://adayon synthroid generic.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/the-pause-principle-step-back-to-lead-forward1-194×300.jpeg 194w, https://adayon.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/the-pause-principle-step-back-to-lead-forward1.jpeg 259w” sizes=”(max-width: 194px) 100vw, 194px” />Whatever path you choose, you will eventually hit a wall. Artists and writers know these obstacles and they call them “blocks.” Our natural inclination when we’re being blocked is to push against, to assault, to throw all our weight against these perceived barriers. But successful artists, and it turns out successful innovators in all fields share a very different approach. read more…

Wanting What You Have

Wanting What You HaveThe transitions we’re aiming for can ultimately be summed up in one word, right? Happiness. We are trying to scratch an elusive itch. Contentment might be another word for it.  Enjoyment of life or even Fun might be other ways to put it. The most important and reassuring element of aiming for a better future is that if we can dream it, we can reach it. In this blog I want to add one emphasis: If we have dreamed it, in some way we already have it within us. Maybe it just hasn’t reached the surface yet. read more…

Work Sets You Free

Work Sets You FreeWorried about the future, bummed about your past? Will the next check make its way into your account? Get into your work. All those worries will disappear.

That’s it. It’s great advice. This is the most magical thing I know about work. And it’s a great realization that a bunch of independent sources arrive at on their own. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, in his book Flow describes a state where the individual becomes so engrossed in his task that he loses himself. Time slips away, physical needs like hunger are forgotten about and the individual sort of floats in a state of bliss while the daily struggles disappear as if of no consequence and fall away. In his powerful book The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle describes a similar situation where the individual who truly lives in the here and now is able to let go of the nagging past and future. read more…

Write Your Big Idea

Write your big idea.You’re sitting in your evening traffic jam and the idea hits you! By time you get home and try explaining it, it’s gone. Mowing the lawn, same thing. Waking up from a dream, same thing. What had the power and impact as a fantastic, perhaps even life changing idea somehow loses it’s strength even after a few minutes.  You try telling it to a friend, and it just fizzles. Where’d it go?

Write one true sentence. read more…

Choose Work Carefully – One Size Fits None

Missed OpportunityThe cashier refuses to let you have it your way, avoiding your eyes she points to the clock and says: It’s after eleven and we have to stop serving it that way at eleven. Or some other ridiculous claim. She doesn’t love her job. She doesn’t think about better ways to serve. When she clocks out she is physically gone, but her mind and heart were never there in the first place.

Whether you’re a frustrated dancer doing time in a fast-food restaurant or an art-school reject causing global havoc leading a Nazi army of fellow discontents, so much wasted energy can be better directed if only we choose to inhabit the place we truly yearn to be. read more…

More A Step Of Faith Than A Leap Of Faith

Step Of FaithFeel like taking a leap of faith? You’re watching a trapeze artist a hundred feet above you doing flips, catches, releases and all sorts of amazing feats. And you find yourself becoming overwhelmed with inspiration. As you study him you’re sure you actually can feel how he does it, your stomach sinking as he pulls himself up and summersaults in the air before catching the next trapeze that he has synchronized to meet him just as he dives at what was only a second before empty, deadly air.

You feel it, and so you step down from your seat in the bleachers. Walk purposefully across the dirt floor of the arena. Climb the narrow ladder a hundred steps up to the tiny plank that steps out above one-hundred feet of emptiness above the astonished crowd.  You’re a little surprised that your hands aren’t even sweating as your reach out to grasp the chalk-powdered bar hanging above you. You take a deep breath, jump to gain momentum and out you go. You trust your inclination to take that leap of faith. You reach the top of your swing’s arc and… Release! read more…

Dealing with Depression: Double Down When You’re In The Doldrums

Double DownThe phone hasn’t rung with new business in days… or has it been weeks?  The visits to your website are down. The few customers who come through the door seem to have nothing to offer you but complaints. Home life isn’t much better. Where is the quality life you’re supposed to be living? You’re yelling at the kids. The dog’s run away. You’re in a rut.

It is human to have periods of depression. And by “depression” I simply mean a feeling that our life is not under our control.  Some call it a sinking feeling.  A power greater than us seems to pull us down and we fight it. It is the panic of a swimmer being held down by the current. We all have depression but how we are dealing with depression makes a difference in whether we emerge from it stronger or weaker.

I think of three lessons I’ve learned for the times when things aren’t what you’d hoped and they don’t seem to be getting any better. read more…

Constructing Your New Identity on the Web

Your New IdentityThe virtual storefront! Wow! What a concept!  Who ever thought we’d see a day when having a internet address would make a business as legitimate as having an actual physical street address.  And already there is a generation among us who have never known a world without a functioning internet.  To them, the priority is already leaning toward an internet identity if a physical storefront is too expensive or even unnecessary. read more…

Observations of Work and Life Without the Grind

No 9-5 GrindI haven’t written blog entries in a while. The reason, plain and simple, is that since its inception, this blog has been about pursuing the longing to take back my life from the 9 to 5 grind – focusing on the anticipation of readying myself to take the leap to a more self-directed mode of employment.  But, 5 months ago I did take that leap. Or, maybe it was actually a year ago when I left a steady job for a contracting gig.  Then after that gig was over I decided never again to go back to working a job where I go into the office every day.   read more…

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