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Find Your Calling

The Handbook For People Who Still Don't Know What They Want To Be When They Grow Up –
But Can't Wait To Find Out!

Have You Found Your Real Calling?

Real Calling?

Yeah. Real Calling.

The reason you're alive. Your personal mission in life. Your raison d'etre.

Your Real Calling.

If you don't have a clue what I'm talking about, take a couple seconds to complete this quick quiz:

  1. Are you doing EXACTLY the kind of work that makes you want to leap out of bed each morning excited to begin a new day?
  2. Does your work satisfy a need deep within to express yourself, your talents, your values, your unique and precious gifts?
  3. Does your work allow for a balanced life – one that leaves time for family and friends, for exercise or hobbies, for you?
  4. Are you doing what you love and loving what you do?

If you answered "yes" to all of these questions, congratulations! There's a good chance that you have achieved what the Buddhist's call "Right Livelihood."

If you haven't yet found the work you were meant to do, keep reading. You're about to Find Your Calling – and when you find that calling that is uniquely yours, your life will be transformed. Guaranteed.

"The way to find out about your happiness," said renowned mythology scholar Joseph Campbell, "is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you are really happy – not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy."

Read that paragraph again. It's awesome.

Now ask yourself how you feel each day as you get ready for work. It probably sounds something like this.

Your alarm clock buzzes you awake. You drag yourself out of bed, dreading another day at a job that's high on stress and short on satisfaction.

I guess what I'm asking you is this:

Are You Truly Happy Working in a Career That's Fulfilling and Enjoyable?

Because when you really love your work you greet the day like this:

You don't need an alarm clock because you can't wait to get out of bed and dive into another workday where your work feels more like play.

Maybe you think it's too late. Maybe you believe that you've somehow missed your Calling and that... well... you're not getting any younger.

Nonsense. The 19th century writer George Eliot got it right when she said, "You're never too old to be what you might have been."

Beverly Goodman Park from Northampton, Massachusetts is a perfect example of what I'm talking about:

Beverly was close to 60 when her marriage ended. At an age when most people are contemplating retirement, Beverly decided to pursue a long-held dream of becoming an attorney. A lot of people told her she was too old. Undaunted, Beverly went to law school while working full-time, passed the bar exam, and at 61, landed a job at a law firm, explaining, "I thought this age stuff was baloney."

So as you see, just because you're all grown up, it doesn't mean you can't find your own life mission and live it.

But this leads me to my next question...

How Do You Find Work That Will Feed Your Soul?

When you discover your Calling, you may find your life taking you in unexpected directions.

Find Your Calling was a tremendous read and I poured through it like water in the desert, the pages just melted away; all of a sudden there I was on page 81 the first night I started reading it... The courage you exhibited in sharing your own personal journey has really touched me and I'm ever so grateful.

Meghan Healey Merrimack, New Hampshire

You see, anyone can get a 9-to-5 (or maybe for you it's more like 8-to-late) J-O-B. A job is something that pays the bills but all too often fails to feed the spirit. And when your spirit is starved for meaningful satisfying work, your happiness suffers. But that's not all.

Did you know that people who love what they do for a living actually live longer?

That's right. Research conducted by Duke University found that out of 788 factors considered, the top predictor of a long life in the U.S. – even more than good health habits or good genes – was found to be work satisfaction!

I guess it's not surprising then that the word "Vocation" comes from the Latin word "vocare" which means "to call." And when you respond to your REAL calling you feel renewed, fulfilled, and deeply happy.

So here's your million-dollar question:

Do you believe you were put on this earth to sit in commuter traffic, to suffer through the performance evaluations and reorganizations, to have to answer to a boss that is well... you know....

Were you really created to spend your life having the Sunday night blues?

Or Do You Believe, As I Do, That You Were Put Here to Follow a Calling That Is Uniquely Yours?

If the idea of loving what you do appeals to you, the way I see it... here are your options: You can keep plodding along week after week hoping that inspiration will somehow, someway suddenly strike and – in a flash – your calling will be revealed.

Or, you can make a promise to yourself right here, right now to take the first bold step on behalf of your dreams.

This is where Changing Course comes in....

By the way, in case you don't know me, I'm Valerie Young, the "Dreamer in Residence" here at Changing Course. It's been nine years since I abandoned my corporate cubicle and my 90-mile-day commute to launch Changing Course.

Today I am doing work and living a life I love. And I want you to too.

That's why I went out and pooled together some of the best and the brightest career change experts around to create "Find Your Calling – The Handbook For People Who Still Don't Know What They Want To Be When They ‘Grow Up.'"

Experts like Barbara Sher, Barbara Winter, Patrick Combs, and Nicholas Lore, have generously allowed me to share with you excerpts, exercises, and techniques from their thought-provoking books. Through their collective wisdom, experience, and know-how you'll get to benefit from their step-by-step approach to uncovering your gifts, your passion, your real calling.

Simply stated, "Find Your Calling" will help you discover the work you were born to do.

Barbara Sher, author of five best-selling books including "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was" starts "Find Your Calling" with... a bang by..

  • Sharing how you can reawaken the "Unique Genius" within you.

  • Then on page six she reveals the ONE (and only one) gauge you should use to determine whether you should be doing what you're currently "doing."

  • Turn to page 62 to find Five Ways to Learn and Earn by Staying Out of School.

  • Find out how to create the ideal job on page 31.

  • On page 23, Barbara will guide you through the steps you need to take if your family objects to your following your Find Your Calling.

  • Barbara wraps up her contributions to Find Your Calling by exploring the notion that "Life isn't short... it's wide." This is where you find out why all those people who insist that you have to settle on just one calling don't know what they're talking about! Instead Barbara will show you how you can have them all!

Barbara's sage and easy to follow advice makes Find Your Calling an unexpected treasure. But that's just the beginning. Seminar leader, enthusiastic advocate of self-bossing, and author of "Making a Living Without a Job," Barbara Winter shares her winning ways for finding your lost passion. And later she tells you the one thing you absolutely MUST focus on if you want to Find Your Calling.

I Wanted "Find Your Calling" To Work For Anyone Who Dreams of a More Meaningful And Balanced Life Doing Work They Truly Love

So I went out and found even MORE experts, perspectives, and voices. People like...

Brad Swift. Brad is the founding director of the Life on Purpose Institute. After you finish reading his articles you'll know how to find your life's purpose, plus you'll learn how to utilize his five techniques to "prime your passion pump."

Mike Bella is a recognized expert on baby boomers – and if you're a boomer, you'll especially appreciate his article entitled, "Identifying Your Midlife Passion." After you read his contribution, you'll be able to immediately use his three simple tests to identify your Midlife Passion.

Popular speaker and author Patrick Combs will share his "Super-Simple, Unique & Weird Job Idea Generator." Use it and you'll never even think about taking another "McJob" again!

Author and teacher Barbara Blossom's practical essay, "How to Redesign Your Life One Step at a Time" reveals every step she took to find her calling – and how you can too.

What Do A Cookie Maker, A Reindeer Rancher, And An RV-Based IT Consultant Have In Common?

They've all found their Real Calling. If you think (or people keep trying to convince you) that your Calling is silly or unprofitable then you'll be fascinated by the stories of the Cookie Maker, a Reindeer Rancher, and the RV-Based IT Consultant who have not only made exciting careers out of their Real Calling but are working in a place they love to boot!

And if you think discovering your calling is something that doesn't happen to "real people" – think again. "Find Your Calling" also includes:

The inspiring and informative stories of 20 "ordinary" people who having found their Real Calling and are doing some pretty extraordinary things. These stories will make a perfect jumping off point for following my Five Ways to Hear Your Calling.

  • After reading about Tony and Nancy Roberts you'll be inspired to dream big. Late in life Nancy and Tony left their jobs in the advertising and music industries to go off on a decade-long adventure living on sailboats and biking around Europe and the Greek Islands. No, they didn't retire – this was their work!

  • Want to follow your dream and still keep your day job? Then you'll love meeting Steve Wyrostek – a 40+ operations manager by day and a lead singer of his own band who's branched off into radio and music publishing.

  • And you'll find out (on page three) the ONE thing you MUST do while reading this book that will make your Calling become crystal clear.

"Find Your Calling" is so jam packed full of immediately useful information that it's almost impossible to pass on to you the essence of this unique manual on one simple web page.

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