Month: November 2020

Fulfilling Work 

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I recently came across a very interesting study.  The research was done to find the level of job satisfaction in various countries.  There were some interesting results; not surprising, but interesting.  In the United States, more than ninety-five percent of all people hated their work.  Even in Japan, where workers once stayed with one company for their entire working life, more than seventy-two percent now claim they are dissatisfied with the work they do.  This is obviously a growing problem, but it doesn’t have to be for you.  You are different.  You have decided to make changes. 

So, what is the key to finding satisfaction in your work?  Well, the answer is quite simple.  You need to be doing work you love.  Andrew Carnegie said it best, when he said, “To succeed, you must love what you do.”cxi  Let’s look at why this is true.  If you hate your work, you are probably only doing the minimum to get by.  It may seem like you are working hard, but you are simply going through the motions.  This is not fair to you and it’s not fair to the person you are working for.  “One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.”cxii  Many people who hate their work find it easy to do the things I talked about not doing in the section about honest work.  I also dealt with this when I worked for other people, doing work that wasn’t enjoyable, the lack of enthusiasm during the week, the temptation to “call in sick,” the unhappy faces and the fatigue.  It’s interesting how all of these disappear on the days we get to do the things we enjoy.  

Doing work you love takes planning and thought.  As I mentioned earlier, don’t quit your job tomorrow and go out and buy that infomercial plan for making millions overnight just yet.  This is what many people do and that is why most businesses fail.  Some of these are real money-making opportunities, but most of them are scams.  Besides, you are looking for work that you love to do, not to go and make a million dollars overnight. 

You need to find work that excites you; something that you are passionate about.  When I was developing this program and somebody asked me about it, I would be able to talk to them for hours about it.  Helping others is just something I feel very strongly about.  In fact, I did it at my church and through other organizations for many years without any type of compensation.  I just loved to do it.  You need to find something that you just love to do. 

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When you start to discover what you are passionate about and begin to take steps to turn it into an opportunity to make money, you will have more energy, more happiness and more fulfillment.  cxiii   You will give yourself a head start into uncovering and pursuing this critical element of your life. 

The truth is, when you find work you love to do and you have enthusiasm, passion and purpose, YOU CAN NOT FAIL!  I see it again and again; people moving out of work they hate, into work they love.  These people transform their lives’ and finances for the positive, sometimes quicker than can even be imagined. 

God Bless

Michael at R2W

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Play 

Play is a key ingredient to success and happiness. Many people in society today have forgotten how good it feels to

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play in a significant way. I’m not talking about the movement required to roll off the couch in search of a lost remote control. I’m talking about the type of play that makes life enjoyable and meaningful. I’m talking about turning the TV off, shutting down the computer and getting outside to enjoy everything and everyone around you. 

Never Stop Giving 

You may hear other people talking about how giving “doesn’t work.”  You may begin to think these thoughts yourself. 

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You may even reach a point, where you begin to reason that you don’t have to give so much or that you have been giving long enough and deserve something.  If you allow yourself to adopt that pattern of thinking and begin to ease up on your giving, then all of your previous generosity would have been in vain.  Don’t ever stop planting seeds of generosity and giving.  I know from experience that: “The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference.  He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the later.”lxix 

Communication With Your Spouse

We have all sat through a wedding ceremony, if not participated in one of our own and this is roughly what we heard,

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or agreed to: 

I, (name), take you (name), to be my (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part. 

That’s it!  That’s all you have to do to have a long, happy marriage.  If you are already married, start doing what you promised too.  If you are not married yet, but are in a relationship with the one you intend to marry, then start doing this stuff now, before the wedding.  There’s nothing wrong with getting a head start.  If you’re not in a relationship now and have no plans to get married, learn this anyways because the day will come when you will meet someone who is that special to you.   

What Success is: The Starting Point 

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Now that we know what success is not, how do we define what it is?  Maybe what you always thought was true has now been turned upside down.  That’s okay.  That’s more than okay; you are now at the starting point of an incredible journey.  One that may even take you places that you never dreamed you would go.  You may even see some old childhood dreams re-emerge.  One thing is for sure, if you stay on the path you have now begun, and work at it continually, you will have real success.  Most of all have fun!  Dale Carnegie once said, “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” 

Smart Work 

Next, I would like to discuss smart work.  The most important thing to remember, about what we call smart work, is to

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have a plan.  I have found far too many people who do not make a plan for the work that they do to compliment the rest of their lives.   They spend their days working, but they never get anywhere. 

You Will Harvest What You Plant 

This rule of generosity is quite simple, yet many times it seems to be overlooked by most people.  “Do not be

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deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people…”lxiv 

Many people don’t believe that the law of sowing and reaping works.  There are those who will mock this truth.  We live in a period where people are so interested in themselves that they refuse to look at the evidence.