Episode 14: Do you Have the Courage?
Hi Friends! Welcome to Episode 14
I'm starting off the podcast with a big question: “So this, I believe is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”
I wasn't kidding when I said I was starting big!
In this episode, I want to encourage you to consider the importance of creativity and courage when it comes to your career and life.
If you want to swap a "mundane" existence for "an enchanted" one, then I suggest you take a listen.
In this episode you'll learn:
Why everyone should consider creativity in their careers
How important courage is in living an "enchanted" existence
What you can start doing to live a more meaningful life...today
I have a question. Do you have the courage?
Let me explain. One of my favorite book’s is Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s fantastic. If you have not read it. Go ahead and read it.
One of my favorite sections of my favorite book is truly a section full of questions. It goes like this: “So this, I believe is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”
Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?
I want to first explain what creativity, treasures, and all that jazz have to do with jobs and careers.
If you haven’t noticed by now, this whole Chantiluke thing is not really about sharing job searching strategies or tips. If that’s what you need or want, there are some really great resources for it.
What this is about is something that I see as the FIRST part of job searching and is really critical to having not just a nice career, or a prestigious career, but a meaningful one. A meaningful life really. It’s the deep inner work, the psychological work, and the dare I utter the s-word, spiritual work.
So much of conversations about careers begin with strengths and interests. Or passions. But what I think people are referring to when they say “passions” are really uber-interests. “I’m passionate about art, so I should be an artist” or “I’m passionate about saving money so I should be an accountant.”
There is a passion below those passions. And that what we are truly after. Gregg Levoy describes it as “metapassion” or “the needs your passion satisfies.” The need to solve puzzles may be behind your love of math, or your need to feel the satisfaction of getting to the core of an argument is satisfied through writing.
There is a difference between interests, uber-interests, and passions. And passions my friends turn mere careers to vocations. Following those passions are what gives our lives meaning.
Why? Not just because we get to experience the satisfaction of creating. But we get to experience the rich feelings that come along with following that passion. And the results of the following, that’s what give our lives a whole new color, expands it in ways we never could have predicted.
This is why asking yourself “Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” is so important.
If you want to have a “successful” career, a good job, there is nothing nothing nothing wrong with that. But if you want to swap what Gilbert describes as a “mundane existence” for an “enchanted one” you’re going to need to ask yourself some hard questions.