I’ve finally reached the tipping point between wanting to write a book and actually writing a book. Granted, three chapters is not a book yet, and there’s still room to fail — but that’s why I need you!
You, a reader of my 43 things, have the power to share my story and help me remember the wild and crazy things we’ve done throughout my life.
Read the first three chapters (http://www.myfriendboy.com) and if you remember something that we did that you think would be great to add, shoot it over to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll put it in the timeline.
Ways you can help:
1. See a typo? Message me on Facebook. (http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.baucum)
2. Share the Facebook page, that’s where the latest updates will be…(http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boy/169639833091221)
3. Add to the non-stop action by sending me your side of our adventures — we’ll tell this story together!
Could you take your passion in life, right now, and do it for the rest of your life, regardless of whether it ever earned a single cent? Would you continue to share your knowledge with the world for free? Is it worth sacrificing for?
The answers to these questions will help you identify your passion and determine just how passionate you truly are. Words are great, but what about action?
I’ve been thinking for the past two years about work and passion – including the relationship between the two. I’m looking at the idea of a zero-hour workweek, and the existence of true passion. A place where you are so passionate about what you do – your skills, talents and abilities that you share and contribute to the world – that you could care less if you ever earned another cent for it, and you would still sacrifice your time and possibly money to contribute that knowledge to others. Mix this idea with one where your work and play are indistinguishable from each other and your paid to merely do what you love. This is the Passionate Zero-Hour Workweek.
What is greatest about this is that anyone can do it. If and only if it is truly your passion and others can see that passion in you. There are people who do this everyday, and they are not all millionaires, but they are all happy – at least in a human sense, and at least temporarily. These concepts do, at first blush, leave God out. However for a Christian, this makes you reliant on God to help – for God to step toward the middle as you approach from the other side – and helps build your relationship with Him further.
I’ve found it takes a few restless nights and a couple heartbreaks to really start to wrap your head around the whole concept. Sometimes, you can’t fully get the idea until you’re at the bottom looking up. At some point, when you get it, and decide you’re dedicated enough and passionate enough to go for it – you’ll jump off the diving board at the top of this skyscraper of thought and you’ll trust God and trust (some of) your built-in instincts to build your own parachute on the way down, deploying it into the wind with enough time to glide over the ocean that separates thinkers from doers and finally come to rest on the other side in the Promised Land.
Turn your thoughts into action and succeed.
Step 1: Get excited—done!
Step 2: Buy guitar—done!
Step 3: Throw out all other to-do lists and spend too much time trying to master the guitar in one day. —done!
Step 4: Repeat step 3 on a smaller scale…
I’m now ready for step 4. Wish me luck!