The Art Of Work – A Proven Path To Discovering What You Were Meant To Do
Today we are discussing the popular book The Art Of Work – A Proven Path To Discovering What You Were Meant To Do
In this blog post, we will be talking about the intro of the book
Title – Itself is really enticing, it hooks you up because it hits home
It is something that we all can relate to, at some point in our lives we all have a moment where we desperately wanna know what we were meant for
So I really love the title, it really got me curious let’s see what the book has to offer
The next thing that I loved about this book is, the quote it has at the beginning
Many are called, few are chosen.
This quote might seem short & simple but it is actually quite deep.
I personally loved the quote a lot & just by reading the quote I knew I picked the right book & now we are gonna learn something definitely interesting
The Introduction begins titled “The Cancer That Couldn’t Stop a Triathlete”
the chapter begins with this quote
A calling is not some carefully crafted plan. It’s what’s left when the plan goes horribly wrong.
the intro tells a story of a 5-year-old kid whose whole life was changed when he was diagnosed with a tumor more specifically medulloblastoma.
How a healthy happy child turned into a blind, mute & paralyzed kid.
Life was cruel but how the father of the kid realized that it was the reality of life.
We don’t have a guarantee of tomorrow, hell we don’t even know if we will gte up tomorrow.
what we have today is what is important, we need to take the charge of our lives & make the most of the life we are living right now
This realization made the father-son take control of their life & even though the son Garrett is considered legally blind he & his father never gave up, they competed in more than a dozen triathlons
This story is enough to prove to us that if we believe in ourselves & try our best, nothing can stop us.
At the end what I really take away from this… Stop focusing on negatives, life is unfair, life is difficult but rather than focus on bad things, things you can’t do, can’t control focus on what you can do.
Next comes the chapter
Course Correction For Your Calling
Growing up we all dreamed of becoming something we loved, but as time went by & we grew up. Reality sank in
Responsibilities, bills, and duties started pilling up & it felt smart move to go with “practical” options
Being a lawyer felt more practical than becoming a baker, doctor profession seemed more stable than an acting career
We all at some point gave up on our dreams because we thought it was a part of growing up.
Rather than going with what our heart desired, we settle to go with options than provided a more stable secure life…but was that right?
Being unsure of what the future holds, where you got to be or are meant to do is scary but sometimes it is the best place you can be
The next Chapter is “Letting Go If What Could Have Been”
Most people end up being miserable because most of their time goes into thinking about what could have been.
My dad always says that the what if is the biggest regret one could have
Most people spend a lot of time thinking – what If I did that, what If I had picked that thing, what If I went there, what If I said that
This what if is a really bad place to be, a real dangerous place your mind can be.
We need to accept that no matter how much you wonder, what if is never happening
It is gone, no matter how much you think you can’t change that. so rather than wasting your time on what if, focus it on what you can.
For ex: Garrett – If he was never diagnosed with the tumor, he would not have to go through all the pain he went, but what about all the lives he impacted? all the people he inspired?
It wouldn’t have happened right?
I guess the old saying that “everything happens for a reason” is quite true. So always look for a silver lining in every hurdle you face because maybe you are on a road to a better life.
As they say “it is not what happens to you, but how you respond to it makes the difference”
the difference between remarkable people and the rest of us has little to do with circumstance
and more to do with mindset.
Maybe we all have the power to turn our lives into significant stories if we start to see our difficulties as opportunities
I just finished reading the intro of the book & I’m hooked
I really enjoyed it & this is what my thoughts so far on this book
Thought I will split up the blog post & then start new with the first chapter i.e
Listening To Your Life
So this is it, & more about the book in the upcoming blog posts