Don’t Follow Your Passion, Take It With You – shared by Mike Rowe

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.

-Benjamin Franklin-

What if you were told not to follow your passion, rather to bring it alongside with you? Countless motivational speakers, successful people and even our parents tell us to follow our passion. Could they all be wrong?

Mike Rowe, from the show Dirty Jobs shares a story with us about missed opportunity, explaining how our happiness does not always depend of the type of job we perform. He shares a story of a Septic Tank Entrepreneur who became financially successful and did so because the market was untapped, not because it was his passion!

Mike expands this line of thinking with his new book, Profoundly Disconnected : A True Confession From Mike Rowe By Mike Rowe

Mike continues to tell us that many awesome opportunities are available to us while we are still discovering and nurturing our passion. Don’t pass those up! They could help you make a great living, support your family, support your community and even finance your ultimate passions.  Check out this video and you could be open to a different perspective.

PragerU’s mission is to explain and spread what they call “Americanism” through the power of the Internet. They are a conservative thought bubble, producing five-minute videos explaining profoundly significant and uniquely American concepts.

Check out Mike Rowe’s Pod Cast and PragerU for some pretty innovative content.

Have a great day and Stay Wise!

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Me, My Selfie and I, shared by Dr. Linda Papadopoulos

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.

-May Sarton-

Would Freud have imagined discussing someone’s Facebook posts or Twitter arguments during a session? Has our “online identity” become so powerful that it can affect our mental health? How do we navigate the digital world while still holding a richness of self? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Linda Papadopoulos is a great start in understanding the power of our online image.

Linda Papadopoulos, shares anecdotes about how the opinions of other can infiltrate our lives through social media. We once were told “what will THEY say about you?”; now we know what THEY will say  because it’s affirmed by the instant feedback of social media. The number of likes, hearts or smiley face emoji’s can either bring joy or despair to those of us who hold the opinion of others very close to our hearts.  What can we do to maintain mental health while still enjoying the amazing digital world we live in? Check out Linda’s Wise Reads below!

Linda Papadopoulos is a Canadian psychologist of Greek descent, based in England. Over the past decade Dr. Linda has become one of the most well-recognized faces on British TV. She is a regular commentator on psychological issues in broadcast, radio and print media. She is the author of 9 books, one of her most recent, Whose Life is it Anyway? helps us live life on our own terms. Connect with Linda Papadopoulos and her awesome work via her website, Twitter and Facebook.

Many thanks to Dr. Linda for her continued commitment to positive mental health. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I have.

Develop Grit! shared by Project Life Mastery & Angela Duckworth

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.

-Julie Andrews-

What makes some of us work harder than others? Can doing “one hard thing” a day help develop “grit” early in life? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Stefan at Project Life Mastery is a great primer to understanding the world of “grit”.

Stefan’s thesis comes from a book by Angela Duckworth, check it out below:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela quit a stressful consultant position to teach math to seventh graders in the New York City. After studying why some students worked harder and longer than others, she began to develop an understanding of the qualities which promote perseverance.  Angela then developed a Grit Scale which is a series of questions to test your ability to persevere.  Check it out here!

If you enjoy this clip, check out more from Project Life Mastery. Stefan James does an awesome job helping us move toward a more abundant life. Learn more about Angela Duckworth via her website and her Ted Talk where she introduces her research on Grit.

Hope you enjoy these two great creators as much as I have. Have a great day.

Stay Wise and Gritty!

Stop Setting Goals, Stack Your Habits! shared by Alex Heyne

Most people don’t have the willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims.

-Carlos Santana-

Is Goal Setting a challenge for you ? Do you find yourself setting lofty goals and quitting after missing the mark? Could stacking a related habit become a seed from which a goal may eventually emerge? Today’s video shared by Alex Heyne at the Modern Health Monk encourages us to ditch those pesky goals and stack our habits instead.

So how do we build that habit muscle? By more stacking and less stigma. By stacking our habits we remove the stigma of not reaching the goal, so the process itself becomes the goal. An enjoyable process always helps move us to keep up the habit. We can easily reward ourselves for a good habit even when the goal has not been met. Learn more about the process in Alex’s great new book as well:

Master The Day: Eat, Move and Live Better With The Power of Daily Habits

Give it a shot, next time you have a goal in mind, take the first step by stacking a habit that leads you down that road. Forget about the end goal, it will come when you least expect it.

Hope you enjoy this message and the day.

Stay Wise and Stack Those Habits.

The Greek Secret of Philotimo, shared by Jack Schafer & the Philotimo Foundation

I have a personal ambition to live my life honestly and honor the true love that I’ve had from the people around me.

-Lana Del Rey-

How can a word without meaning be such a meaningful word? Could one word describe a complex array of virtues? This video shared by the Philotimo Foundation and Jack Schafer, PhD brings to life the Greek word “Philotimo”. For a firsthand account of Philotimo in practice check out this awesome work by Rita Wilson:

Greek Lessons

Philotimo determines and regulates how someone should behave in their family and their community. It is an all-encompassing concept about respect and doing the right thing; pride for family, neighbor and country. In it’s most basic form it means “doing good”. Philotimo comes from the Greek words “filos,” meaning friend, and “timi” meaning honor. Being a friend with honor.

Jack Schafer explains the art of self-sacrifice is fading fast due to technological bubbles, which put the self first. Schafer encourages us to help others simply because they need help; to do the right thing because you have a duty to do the right thing. He coins it, “Becoming a Philotimo Person”.

Take a few moments and digest this meaningless yet very meaningful word. You will learn how the secret of Philotimo kept the Greek heritage strong and vibrant for thousands of years. Have an awesome week!

My Vipassana Meditation Experience, shared by Brittany Taylor

“In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.”

-Hugh Jackman

Ever wonder what it would be like to experience 100 hours of silence? “Noble Silence” as those who practice Vipasanna call it. How challenging and intense would it really be? How rewarding and fulfilling?

Fortunately for us, Brittany Taylor has shared her experience attending one of the most intense centers on the globe, Dhamma Ābhā,  in Phitsanulok, Thailand. In this awesome clip, Brittany shares the highs and lows of her 10 day experience with us.  If you have ever considered a retreat, check out Brittany’s journey and check out the Vipassana Wise Reads below:

Brittany Taylor is a global nomad living out of a backpack and her RV “Winnie”. She travels the world while coaching, operating multiple YouTube channels, and a hosting some epic events! She is a self described “seeker” and works to find abundance in life with minimal attachments. Brittany describes her struggles leaving attachments for a nomadic lifestyle, her trials when the few items she has in her backpack were lost, how she finances a free lifestyle, as well as her connections with other nomads in her travels.

She has recently embarked on a connection with Conor McMillen to create a program called Creating Epic Relationships as well as a channel centered on inspiring authentic relationships. Connect with Brittany and Conor on their channel and website,which includes relationship programs, a recipe book and events listings.

Many thanks to Brittany for sharing her Vipasanna experience, may her 2017 be happy and fulfilling!

Have a great weekend!

What is the right relationship to money? presented by J. Krishnamurti

Money often costs too much.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson-

As the Dow Jones soars to new peaks, it seems many of us feel a sense of security within the realm of money. Less preoccupation maybe? Is this codependent relationship with money healthy? What is a useful relationship with money?

In today’s Daily Dose, explore the topic of money with Jiddu Krishnamurti, a man who gave up his status and wealth to question everything.

If you get hooked with Krishnamurti’s poetic wisdom, check out his official channel and WiseReads below:

Krishnamurti was a philosopher, speaker and writer. His subject matter included the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, and human relationships.  Check out some of his beautiful and insightful written works below:

Freedom from the Known

Think on These Things

Enjoy and Stay Wise.