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Sunday
Nov072010

what if I don't give a damn?

I've been getting an increasing number of emails from people who have been inspired to lifeshift after reading what I have written on this site. I've decided to concentrate on providing materials for anyone who wants to do the same- change your life so that it is centred around what you want to do rather than what you feel trapped into doing.

The main issue for most in the modern age is the MONEY QUESTION. Many people would lifeshift if only they could make the 'same money' as they do in corporate skullduggery. But overemphasis, or undue emphasis too soon, on the money making side of a lifeshift is wrong. You need to find your 'passion' first. But what if you don't feel passionate about anything? I mean you hear those TV chefs going on and on about their 'passion for cooking' and you may think- hmm. I just don't care that much about anything.

This is the biggest secret of lifeshifting to put it in dramatic terms. No one cares that much at the start. No one pops out of the womb passionate about acting or daffodils or marathon running. All passion is, is addiction. Yep, the A word. Humans can psychologically addict themselves to anything (aided by physical addiction sometimes but not always) and this is what you tap into when you 'grow and nurture' your passion. You addict yourself. Sound bad? Well, that's the unvarnished truth of it. By doing something often, regularly and with interest you will become passionate about it. And this passion will improve your life, because any interest is like a light that sheds a little light on everything.

I'm not saying you have to become a bore- there is a difference. A bore is someone who lacks a sense of humour. Humour is the filtration process par excellance. It is a key way we sort the important and the useful from the useless. Humour is the way we connect to others, very often, and the bore lacks that ability. So growing your passion whilst retaining a sense of humour, is the way you develop a nose for what you need to learn and what you don't. It's the way you can foster an addiction to a new interest without getting buried by it.

Anything else on addicting yourself to a potential passion? Use your imagination- read everything you can on the subject, meet people who are doing what you want to do, search the internet for similar interest groups (though with a pinch of salt for the net bores in every thread), go on courses- a great way to increase addiction as you meet others with a similar growing passion, and finally look for ways to teach it to others- often the fastest way to learn.

 

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