Troy’s Book Club, Part 2: "Making a Living…"

While the first section of “Making a Living While Making a Difference” focused on outlining some of the numerous career options for value-driven workers, this next section is going to get to the work of discerning what work might be right for an values-minded individual.

I’ve begun reading “Part Two: The Ten-Step  Program for Principled Career Development” and felt it warranted a blog-post all its own. I’ve only read the first section, but I’m already excited by what I’ve been reading!  As before, what I’m sharing here are the particular snippets that got my attention. 🙂

“Making a Living While Making a Difference” by Melissa Everett

  • The leaps we need to make will only be possible when personal growth is rescued from the puritan ethic and returned to the realm of play and liberation.
  • Enlightened self-interest has a lot to do with recognizing opportunities for creative work that are also opportunities to deepen, and benefit from, human connections.
  • When you take interdependence seriously, competition loses its attractiveness, while negotiation and collaboration are revealed as a path of enduring strength.(emphasis added-TF)
  • Waking up, above all, means noticing the richness of life around you, and realizing that you don’t have to take care of it all by yourself.
  • When you come upon (news) stories that are especially moving…inspiring…wrenching…get in the habit of talking about them with someone.  Ask yourself: If I were fearless and had unlimited resources, what action would this story inspire in me?
  • “So, a big step in creating more space, for me, was getting out of debt (both financially and metaphoricaly, as in : no longer mortgaging my time, health and serenity.”-Key Krecker
  • But please note that bringing more balance into your life does not mean giving up on all adventure and risk.  It just means choosing risks more consciously.
  • Let the attractive force of more interesting work and a saner life give you the courage to draw new boundaries.
  • “Build community.  It will help you out a whole lot more than money when things fall apart.”-Fran Peavey, author/activist
  • It is outrageous that so many of us have lost the ability to give and receive help, exuberantly and with pride. (emphasis added)
  • Self-employment, in the highest sense, means finding or creating work that stretches you as well as satisfying you, and yields maximum benefits and minimum harm in the world.
  • …I believe that what you care about is more important than what you’re good at. (emphasis added)
  • an interview isn’t just where you try to get a “yes.” It’s where you try to get a “yes” that doesn’t launch a disastrous mismatch-for example, by discussing your honest hopes, strengths and struggles concretely with your manager-to-be; by looking at how tough dilemmas have been handled and letting those “organizational integrity” levels inform your decision about whether to take the job.
  • Entrepreneurs get to choose what to call themselves.
  • …people who allow themselves to be led by an unfolding sense of purpose… I like this phrase, as it suggest the continuous development of  a personal “mission.”–TF
  • It is a fairly rare luxury to be able to hold change at arm’s length and choose only those risks that have clear payoff.
  • “Dr. Martin Luther King did not say ‘I have a strategic plan.'”-Eric Britton
  • …it is clear that the art form of this era is living with a combination of clear identity and flexible strategy. (emphasis added)
  • At the root of so many battles people face in taking charge of their work is the struggle to value themselves, their intuitions, their sensibilities, and their desire to be useful, in the face of a barrage of “be realistic” messages.
  • from poet Antonio Machado, “What will you do with this garden that has been entrusted to you?”
  • …one of the most important processes is learning to see yourself in an evolutionary sense-..
  • Whatever you choose, though, you can count on its being imperfect.
  • Making significant changes at work is almost never a solo act.

One Response to Troy’s Book Club, Part 2: "Making a Living…"

  1. Jacqueline Haessly says:

    Jacqueline Haessly Peace work! 🙂
    Friday at 9:47am · Like

    Jacqueline Haessly I just finished teaching a class on Franciscan Values and Peacemaking at CSU, and near the end of the class, I showed a PP presentation on the importance of naming ALL of the activities of our daily lives: friendship, coupleship, parenting, domestic, recreation, business, commerce, trade, agriculture, medicine, science, cultural, civic, earthcare, and spirituality, among others — all our personal, professional, and political activities — as peacemaking activities, if done with care for self, each other, and our earth and all of creation. One student commented: “this means that peacemaking work can be a part of ANY and ALL career choices”, to which I say AMEN! peace, Jackie

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