Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Blowin' in the Wind

"Everybody has a calling, don't they?  Some have a high calling, some have a low calling.  Everybody is called but few are chosen.  There's a lot of distraction for people, so you might not ever find the real you.  A lot of people don't."  -- Bob Dylan

The quote above comes from a recent interview Bob Dylan gave to Rolling Stone magazine.  I discovered the quote in one of the blogs I have found and fell in love with since I started researching and writing about calltrepreneurship.  The blog is titled "The Art of Non-Conformity Dispatch" written by Chris Guillebeau.  

Chris is a legend in the blogging world.  He writes:
  • I write about personal development and life planning, with the conviction that you don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.
  • I write about entrepreneurship and other kinds of unconventional work, with the belief that the work we do should be both fun and meaningful.
  • I write about international travel, travel hacking in general, and my journeys to more than 25 countries every year.
The key theme that links each of these topics is non-conformity. I define non-conformity as “a lack of orthodoxy in thoughts or beliefs” or “the refusal to accept established customs, attitudes, or ideas.”

 If you haven't found Chris' blog and his work check it out.  Bob Dylan is an American icon who has embraced "non-conformity" and has lived a life doing his best to find and express his real self.
I especially like his observation, "There's a lot of distraction for people, so you might not find the real you."   Amen!  What are the distractions that get in your way from finding, and maybe even more importantly, being and sharing your real self?  I haven't posted for two weeks.  Hopefully, you've noticed.  I have been distracted by long days and nights of meetings on the road.  By playoff baseball games and too many hours reading blogs, news and junk on the Internet.

We live in a society where distraction is a multi-billion dollar industry.  Selling distraction seems to be more profitable than selling ways to find and express our real selves.  Fortunately we have artists and calltrepreneurs like Bob Dylan and Chris Guillebeau to remind us that there are many ways to find and live our callings.  Our job is to pay attention and not let the clues blow away in the wind.

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