The Business of You: Meaningful Work

Many of my clients feel stifled and frozen in their high level corporate positions, afraid to leave the golden handcuffs that keep them bound to something that does not feed their soul. Finding meaning at work doesn't just mean changing jobs, it means getting to know yourself differently.

American boxer James Braddock (1906 - 1974) sits in his shorts as Dr. William Walker listens to his heart during a medical checkup the night before the heavyweight championship bout between Braddock and reigning champ Max Baer, New York, June 13, 1935. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)

Clients and colleagues who have slowly morphed from corporate to entrepreneurial, have had to learn how to network and affiliate toward businesses that reflect what has meaning for them.
It takes courage to enter a season of letting go, discovering, sorting, and slowly finding what gifts we have formerly hidden behind pin striped suits and the bottom line that we want to put on display for others to comment, engage and learn about. 
Take all the extraordinary things you can learn about ordinary life in Bobblehead Dad, by TribLocal Columnist Jim Higley, for example, who left the corporate ladder to pursue all manner of life related to being a Dad.When you meet Jim, you can feel the authentic, heartfelt passion in his work and for his kids. He followed his intuition and it slowly took him to the heart of a new way of being and a new way of sharing his life with others.
Then there is Jim Wawro, the former senior partner of an international law firm. If you think logically about what a long time litigator might want to contribute from his passion, who would guess it would be How to Activate Your Intuition?!!! Yet, Jim is wholeheartedly engaged in sharing what he believes is a fundamental part of all of us that can be ignited by some straightforward exercises. 
If Jim did not follow his heart, he might logically be mentoring younger litigators on the art of winning a case. No doubt he did that in his long career. However, no one can tell you what dream may be buried in your heart underneath your obligations and responsibilities. That revelation comes from listening at that place where you are connected to your Creator. 
Maybe reading Jim's book can give you a heart-start.

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