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The key stages to discovering your inspired work inspired work lesson

So many of us seek inspiration outside of ourselves, when in fact, it can only come from within. Your work is not “out there” – it comes from within you. Your only real “job” is to get into alignment with who you really are. When you do, you open to a source of energy that sets you on fire.

In this video, I share my story about rediscovering my own inspiration and...

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How to discover your work when you feel lost inspired work lesson

Hiking is an activity that suits my personality well. I love having steady forward momentum. Along with my adventure buddy, I have hiked several thousand kilometres summiting dozens of different peaks throughout multiple mountain ranges. We are both skilled at finding our way in the wild, but there are definitely occasions when we get turned around, even lost. Though, as I like to say,...

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Nobody wants to work anymore. Or do they? inspired work story

If the work is disconnected from anything meaningful, then of course nobody wants to do it. Why would we? As a humanity, we have awakened to the notion that our lives matter and that our time on this planet is brief. We’ve been shaken out of the status quo and rushed pell-mell into a brand new reality. In this new world, many of us are feeling the call to make a genuine contribution...

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Feeling inspired is your natural state of being guide inspiration

“I just realized I’ve never felt inspired in my life,” he said softly. The room went quiet in respect for his vulnerability. It was early days in the Vision Program when I used to teach in a classroom setting. As a group, we were exploring the question “What does feeling inspired feel like?” There’s something fascinating about inspiration – even just...

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What it takes to venture out onto your own path inspired work lesson

A few years ago, I attended my 25th-year reunion for my university class where I attained my degree in chemical engineering. Before the event, I was hesitant to go. During my time in the program, I always felt like a bit of an outsider, and that’s saying something given it’s a group of people who often already felt on the edges of society. Having said that, I enjoyed my stint at...

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Let the story of “suffering” drop away

If you’re anything like me, your computer might be blanketed with sticky notes that feature little blurbs of insight you have picked up while reading or listening to this or that. Right now, I have 15 of them. One in particular falls off regularly, and I keep picking it up off my desk and pressing it back onto my monitor. It just fell off again for the umpteenth time, and when I went to...

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The creative journey can be better together community creativity inspired work

No matter how capable we are, the act of creating our inspired work can be fraught with challenges that can sometimes be more easily navigated when we are travelling in the company of others.

I glanced over at the pair of them laughing together and I longed for the same. I’ve always prided myself on my fierce independence, but given what I had just been through, I sure would have...

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Clarity comes not from seeking the answers but living the questions inspired work workbook

I used to believe there was only one right answer to every question, such as the question “What am I meant to do for work?” I was very rigid in how I perceived myself and the world around me. Since then, I’ve been on an evolutionary journey in my relationship with questions and answers. I’ve also been on a parallel journey in the unfolding of my work. When I was young, I...

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5 classic books about discovering your inspired work books inspiration inspired work

When I was seeking clarity about the work that would be meaningful to me, I read every book about the topic I could get my hands on. It was through the lens of these authors that I began to reshape my entire concept of work. Beforehand, I perceived work as something we do, now I see work as an expression of who we are. Even though we are entering into a new paradigm of work, these classic reads...

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The real reasons we work (it’s not just about money) inspired work story

Do you ever question why you work? At one time, I sure did. I was stuck in a career path where I was making good money, yet I was left feeling numb and completely uninspired by life. I remember lashing out at the people around me thinking they were “so uninspiring”. I laugh at myself now. It took me having a mental breakdown to realize the person who was so uninspiring was ME....

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Let’s play the game of possibility game inspired work

As a result of the pandemic, I ended up closing our fledgling adventure business. My partner and I had dedicated three years to building the business, and we were just on the verge of having our breakthrough season when it all came crashing to a halt. For a moment I felt panicky and got caught up in fear and limitation. However, after being an entrepreneur for over 20 years, I am used to...

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Creating work that is the truest expression of who you are inspired work story vision program webinar

“Sometimes, I wonder how you do it,” a friend said to me recently. Over the last 13 years, he has been witness to both the highs and lows I have experienced in bringing my inspired work to the world. “It’s easy,” I said, “I’m living a life true to myself.”

Before he and I met, what seems like another lifetime now, I was living a lie. It was the...

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