Sick of “Passions, Calling, Purpose, Dreams”?

April 12, 2012 | 50 comments. | Comment on this post

I hate it when a truth get’s lost in the shuffle, diluted or dissed. And I see so many folks getting soured and disillusioned with the constant influx of hype on:

  • “Follow your passions!”
  • “Find your calling!”
  • “Know your purpose!”
  • “Follow your dreams!”

Two days ago my friend Jeff Jones (drummer for Big Daddy Weave) sent me a blog from biz celebrity Mark Cuban titled “Don’t follow your passion, follow your effort”. He knew it would rile me up. Truthfully it just saddens me. If your goal is money and power and the American Dream and you’d rather not get into the introspective, meaningful, heart realities of existence, you’ll dig it. Otherwise, you may throw up a little in your mouth like I did.

Then yesterday my friend Jon Dale (co-founder of Moolala) posted a blog on Facebook from a friend of his, Aaron McHugh, titled “Passion and the probability of success”. It’s solid! But I fear too easy to discount in the sea of content on the subject.

Can we just be real together, you and me? Use some logic and common sense and dispel with the hype and overused verbiage?

Have you ever done something you were good at, but didn’t care about? How’d that go for you? Then, ever do something you truly cared about? Not something that was merely fun, but something you fervently believed in?

Look, for the sake of my family’s welfare, if their provision rides on it and you give me something I’m competent in to do, I’ll do it. I’ll work hard, do it well, get the job done, maybe even excel a bit. And for a good while. But there is a cost when your heart isn’t invested in the task that you do day in and day out over a long period of time. That is just truth. Other parts of me will decline and they will manifest in multiple ways, and my family will be affected by it. If you disagree, then share. State your case. But I’ve done a lot of things, and I’ve walked with countless numbers of people and I know of what I speak here.

You give me something I care about though? Something I believe in? I’ll endure hell to see it through, and though I may be tired at the end of the day, my heart, soul and mind will be inspired, alive and tireless! I’ll change the world and bring others with me.

Again…two tasks. One you care about, one you don’t. Which are you going to do better at over the long haul? It’s simple math.

Why then, except for a short spell if you’re in survival mode, would you devote yourself long term to a task you don’t care about?

Show me a current or historical person that has made the world a better place, inspired others to positive things, and been a true blessing in the lives of anyone…and I’ll show you someone who devoted themselves to a vocation they truly care about. Were ‘Passionate’ about. Felt ‘Called’ to. Found ‘Purpose’ in. Fulfilled the ‘Dream’ of their heart.

What say you?!

*Photo of Jon Dale and myself in the early Moolala offices. Jon cares about his work!



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  • Dennis Lutz

    Yeah Kevin I’m still lurking in the shadows…. Haven’t read the whole post yet but my immediate response to such a tag line as follow your effort was; “You’ll only put ‘real’ effort into those things that are driven by your passions and desires; at least long term!” Keep hitting it Kevin the world needs your input!

    Dennis 

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Great to hear from you Dennis…and thank you brother

  • http://twitter.com/esggraphics Eric Gale

    Unfortunately many Americans (I would say the vast majority but I don’t know the stats off hand) are in survivor mode. Many are 1-2 pay checks away from financial disaster. They have no financial margin. If we are to work towards our passion, which I think we should, we also need to balance that with preparation to make the move.

    For some, they will just blindly jump in and say “I’m following my passion” and  will cause havoc in their family’s life and run up huge debt. Others will plan, plan, and plan some more. Neither extreme is appropriate. Not all passions are profitable. Not all j-o-b-s are without honor.

    “If a man is called to be a street
    sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or
    Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep
    streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to
    say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”- Martin Luther

    Notice that the quote ends, “who did his job well”. I don’t see “passion” there- just that his did his job well.

    I think that Mark’s post wasn’t that far off. We put effort in things we are passionate about. I think it is a chicken and egg thing. I think most people are passionate about being lazy and indulgent, consumers. Just look at their credit card statements, debts (houses, cars, student loans, etc), eating out/prepared/prepackaged stuff, and how they spend their time.

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Two relevant points here. One is that people are more concerned with immediate gratification, happiness, than purpose and true joy. And as such, are more interested in, as you say…laziness and indulgence. But another issue is the survival mode. I’d posit that so many are there, because they are just doing j-o-bs they don’t care about. Which brings us back to my call of finding something…you care about. You’ll do a better job, make more money, be more fulfilled and worthy to humanity. It’s the root of…WHY.

  • http://wheretigerswill.wordpress.com Will Laohoo

    Thanks for this post, Kevin! I agree. I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to provide for myself and charities I’ve supported, but I too think that without that belief, it won’t sustain.

    I love that you take a stand, but invite disagreement.

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Thanks Will. I have my opinions, no doubt. But I mainly just want to point to the proof of what’s happening out there…

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    I know doing something I’m good at but don’t really care about can bring in the money. I’m doing it right now. But it can leave you empty. It has for me.

    I still struggle with finding my passion and that’s why I’m still where I’m at. I’m working through some things, trying to find where my passion lies.

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      I hear you Joe. Our culture focuses on finding something you’re ‘good at’ instead of something you care about. It’s ‘aptitude’ over ‘purpose’. Here is an idea, which of us would have chosen a mother who was a great cook, great housekeeper, great organizer, great sewer, great time keeper, etc…  OR… a mom who cared?

      • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

        Does it have to be an either or situation Kevin? Can’t I choose a mom who did all of those things and still cared? (-;

        • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

          Absolutely! I had one…

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.dompe Alex Dompe

    Kevin,

    I read this article a couple of weeks ago and it occurred to me that where you exert your effort could be a good indicator of your passion.  So it really comes back to passion and desire.  I find it very difficult to stay with something or excel at it if I am not emotional invested.  That has at times been a point of embarrassment (shame). I need passion.

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      You made me think of another, very relevant term: CAUSE. We long for a cause. We are drawn to movies where someone risks all for a cause. What makes more sense, devoting ourselves to making money, or to a viable cause? Right now in the culture, the main ’cause’ is getting a paycheck, and as Eric said below, the result is…most are in survival mode. Doing just enough to get that paycheck, and little more. If they’d find that cause, they’d find wealth in many areas.

  • http://www.roccocapra.com/ Rocco Capra

    To be honest, I’m having a difficult time figuring out what I’m “Passionate, Called, Purposed, Dreaming” about, as it pertains to career, work, j-o-b-s. I really don’t know what to do. Oh, I’ve heard all the ‘hype’ as to how to figure that out, and I’ve tried, and nothing. Now what?

    Right now i’m just doing what I know ‘how’ to do, but I don’t enjoy it. Some of the things I do enjoy and think might be my ‘Passion, Purpose, Calling, Dream” will take a huge investment of time and money to accomplish, and at 40, it doesn’t seem I have enough of either.

    I’m open for suggestions…

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Your core calling transcends specific roles in life. You need to get clear on that first. My number 1 resource? Gary Barkalow. He just launched a new offering today http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0Vu4Dz_sq0

      • http://www.roccocapra.com/ Rocco Capra

        Oh yeah, I love Gary and his message!

        I’m still stuck.

        I do have hope that it’s all part of the journey I’m on with God, and the journey is what matters, not any particular destination. Such are the seasons of life.

        • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

          So you’ve been through Gary’s stuff? You’ve gotten invested feedback on yourself from others?

          • http://www.roccocapra.com/ Rocco Capra

            Yep. Yep. :/

          • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

            and you’re totally unclear on your personal calling, or just how/where to apply it to your vocation?

          • http://www.roccocapra.com/ Rocco Capra

            I am completely lost.

            Since you seem to be genuinely interested here are some details…I had a pretty traumatic childhood thanks to an alcoholic dad. I raised myself, completely unfathered, in fact I can honestly say anything my dad contributed was negative. My senior year in high school (1991) is when I ‘accepted Jesus as my savior’. To which the religious system had a hey day with. I was overly impressionable due to my deep desire to be wanted, needed, loved. I did everything required of me, spoken or implied. I lived out everyone else’s dreams and desires to be the ‘perfect christian’ inside the walls of the church and out, trying to full the deep need to be accepted and loved. Even started down a path to become a missionary because of all the external encouragement to do so, and the positive responses to that decision were salve on the deep wounds of my life.

            Then in 2005 I woke up and realized I was a ‘white washed tomb’, inside I was dead, still dead from my traumatic childhood. Religion just painted a pretty picture on the outside, it appeared I had it all together and everything was ok, but I had NO idea who I was or if I had any true value or purpose. 

            I quit religion, and have been walking in the open range with God since. That and three years of counseling has done wonders for my self worth and identity, and especially my healing journey. But as for purpose or calling? I am still lost. 

            As for ‘work’? In 1998 the cabinet maker I worked for went out of business 4 days after my first daughter was born. I had to think and act fast. I ended up getting started in computers thinking I would make lots of money, thinking with lots of money I’d be fulfilled. Neither happened.

            Then in that 2005 moment I also realized my job was doing nothing for my ‘heart’, and I didn’t like what I was doing. Oh, I’m good at it, and the money is a little better then average, but I am still living paycheck to paycheck. The paycheck to paycheck doesn’t bother me, its the un-fulfillment of my work. I’ve been ‘soul searching’ with God and a close friend for that last seven years, trying to figure out what it is that I am passionate about. That is where I am drawing the blank. I have 100’s of thing I enjoy doing, but nothing that jumps out and says PICK ME! PICK ME!

            So here I am doing what I know ‘how’ to do so I can provide for my family, waiting for that epiphany to know what to do with the rest of my life.

            Granted, I am laying out a few plans, but it feels extremely risky. What happens if I follow these plans for the next four or so years and I am still in this ‘stuck’ place? At 40 years old, that’s what seems so risky. Do I want to be 45 and realize I am still un-fulfilled because I chose one of the many things I enjoy and it turns out to be the wrong one? Now. I know there is ‘Joy in the Journey’, that it is not about the destination. That’s why I have plans, and am following them. I am beginning to realize that even if I spend ever dollar and day I have, getting degrees and experience, in the end, it is about how I spent my life, not how I finish. 

            Maybe since I am turning 40 this year, this is all part of my mid-life crisis…

          • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

            Rocco – man…thanks for sharing so openly here. Hard to hear of your past. This line is classic, “I quit religion, and have been walking in the open range with God since.” And mid-life crisis? Honestly, I think this happens when we finally get to the maturity level of realizing that it’s wrong to just make it through life, we’re supposed to matter. And it bothers us! 

            As for you…I’m not hearing that you’re clear on yourself. Who are you, how are you wired, what talents and giftings and abilities did God uniquely make you with? And as Gary Barkalow asks in his material, what is the affect you have on people? What is it you care about for people? What impassions and/or burdens you? Your ‘calling’ transcends all roles. When you have clarity on it, you then see where it best fits for a vocational role, if we’re talking about work. 

            And have any others been a part of you seeking to discover yourself?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106486663 Chris Puckett

    Kevin, 

    What I grew up with, and still struggle with today is, the argument that you should find what you are good at and follow that path into a career. Meaning that we all have natural talents and abilities that are “God given” and this is our one true calling and what we should be doing. 

    Example = If your are good with math then should should seek a career involving numbers, most commonly accounting or business. If you are good with working with your hands then we should seek a skilled trade such as mechanic, carpentry, welding or plumbing. If you’re a good problem solver then you should go into the computer fields or engineering. 

    Because of this, I kept my passions separate from work. Since I was good at being imaginative and creating things I was pushed toward construction trades. I enjoyed drawing, painting, and writing but was always told that those were useless skills that only a few “lucky” people could ever make a living with, so I should find a way to use those skills in the building trades. I never had a desire to be in construction. It was just what I was told I should do based on what I was good at. I hated going to work, I had no desire to learn more unless it involved a pay raise and was always the first one laid off at the end of a project because of my “poor attitude”. But, I was good at what I did. 

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Valid issues Chris. Couple examples…my buddy Scott Stearman is a gifted artist. His hands do great at sculpture and his heart loves to tell a meaningful story. Most would say, look for good paying work where you can sculpt. Sculpt animals, clowns, whatever. But that misses his heart. Today he sculpts faith based and military memorials that tell a greater story. He truly connects and cares about what he does. And has become a much higher paid sculpturer, in demand, cause he flourishes at what his heart cares for and his hands do well. 

      I am good at selling. But my heart cares to communicate truth and inspire people to positive things in their lives. I could sell cars, houses, yachts, computer systems, whatever. But instead I choose to sell a message and a school that fulfills my heart. I’m on the path to making more income selling this than something I care nothing about. 

      Like many things, it’s not always an either/or, but a yes/and. Or…BOTH. 

  • Wendy Staas

    This right on!!!  Solid points! For years I loved what I did, however it grew that my heart wasn’t in it — I became toxic to the company I worked for and it wasn’t pretty. . .  My heart was telling me I was made for something better.  4 years later here I am a new mommy. .. able to be home with her because the work I do is limited and allows time for it. . . it is something I am passionate about? Not really — however, I am working towards something — being a Doula – that I know will be something that will change my life, how I perform in it and will help/change the life of others. . .

    the problem most people have is that they are not patient enough to learn about themselves. . . take the time to find what they are really meant to do in life — not always is it revealed quickly — there was a lot of changing in my life that had to occur before I knew that I was called to be a doula — 4 years ago I didn’t know what a doula was. .  .nor was I really wanting to be a mommy. . . amazing how life can change. . .

    We must look at ourselves. . . change the toxic filth into something positive. . . then we are ready to become something great!!  Until that point, we are just chasing something that can’t exist because something good cannot live in something bad. . . we must be willing to look at ourselves with a critical eye (have help from those who love you . .. (FAA)) and really do some good hard work. . .

    I am looking forward to see what the future brings!!  It is going to rock!

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Great, great testimony from you sister! Yes, most folks are not patient enough and committed enough to see it through. And…they won’t take action and TRY things like you have. You…are an inspiration.

  • http://www.rebeccachapman.org/ Rebecca Chapman

    It’s been my experience that if your heart isn’t into what you are doing, even if you are initially good at, then you will ultimately either remain good but never great (for a time), or even slide down into mediocrity because you just can’t keep doing it. That’s what’s happening to me in my current job. I’m a big believer in remaining positive, doing my best, etc. but there eventually comes a point where you mentally and physically just can’t keep doing it anymore. You can’t. It literally becomes impossible. Your focus goes, your concentration is disrupted in a matter of seconds, and it’s extremely difficult to do much of anything well when you feel like you’re physically suffocating. 

    I called in sick today because I just couldn’t take it another day this week. Sitting in that grey-scale cube yesterday felt like I was imprisoned in there for an entire month, it dragged on so miserably slow all day long, and it was only one day. My eyes were physically hurting, my vision was blurred staring at multiple spreadsheets on the computer, and I’d struggle to comprehend simple questions since my mind was numb and in a physical fog. And yet, when I am able to keep my mind on it (which gets less and less every day), I’m technically very good at the job and very rarely make any errors. In fact, I don’t think I made any errors at all in the small amount I did manage to do yesterday.

    Once I finally get home (or anywhere else), I seem to be miraculously cured from the above issues. When I’m working on one of my own projects, even if on the computer, my mind and my eyes are crystal clear and I could go on for hours. As sick and exhausted as I felt during work yesterday, I went to my CERT monthly training meeting afterwards, and was so inspired that when I got home, I studied ICS material for over an hour to prepare for future exams so that I’ll qualify for the CERT go team. I didn’t feel tired at all at that point.

    (CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team, a volunteer organization associated with Citizens Corps & FEMA that helps local communities with disasters and emergency preparation. ICS stands for Incident Command Sytem, and is used by various government and non-government agencies when working together in an emergency situation.)

    I personally can’t agree that the longer you make an effort at something and become technically good at it, that you’ll end up loving it and it will become your passion, and that you should then stick with that forever and ever and ever no matter how miserable you are until you drop over dead. That’s an extremely depressing and demoralizing viewpoint. I don’t think that article really takes quality of life into much consideration. I think the only time that article is accurate is when someone pursues something that they are good at that just coincidentally happens to be their passion. I think that’s probably what happened to the author of that article and hence why he doesn’t seem to understand that it’s not the same for everyone.

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Rebecca…thank you. Your testimony and insight here say far more than what I was able to. Let’s get you out of this…

      • http://www.rebeccachapman.org/ Rebecca Chapman

        Thanks Kevin! I feel very good about my progress so far. You and the others at FAA have been of great help!

        • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

          That is a blessing to hear, of course!

    • Hazel

       I have felt this way many times. Recently I read Jon Acuff’s book, Quitter, where he makes a connection between the job we currently are working and the dream job we long to achieve. I found it helpful to find the connection between the two. Then when I am working my “day job” I find applications that hone my skills and interpersonal relations as well as my integrity, so that I am better prepared to continue my pursuit of the dream job. I also found I resented the day job less and could end the day with a feeling of accomplishment. I am not talking about using employer time to work on my dream, but to look at tasks in a more holistic way.

      Blessing on your CERT work as well as your current occupation.

      • http://www.rebeccachapman.org/ Rebecca Chapman

        That book is somewhere on my “to read” list. Maybe I’ll bump it up a few notches!

        I really wish I could use my current job to hone my skills, but I’ve spent the last 5 years doing exactly that and forcing myself to resent the job less because I was taking advantage of tuition reimbursement, interacting with lots of people, and desperately attempting to learn new things out of the continuous monotony of the same thing over and over and over, day after day after day. I can’t even do that anymore. I’m just completely dead there now, and far, far beyond any more ability to attempt to think positively about anything there anymore. I do not believe that anything besides leaving is going to be of help. I typically have a lot of patience, and it’s probably already been monumental in this current job situation, but even I can only make lemonade for so many years before it all breaks down.

        Thanks very much for the blessings!

  • http://www.jondale.com Jon Dale

    I’m reading a new book called The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau right now.  I think it’s going to be a super important addition to this conversation.  One of his ideas is the follow-your-passion model.  You gonna love it.  I’ll get my hands on a copy for you Kevin.

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Can’t wait, thanks brother!

  • robclinton

    Great post Kevin… You want to know why some people are getting sick of hearing Passion? It’s because they’ve been disappointed… Disappointed by their own journey developed from a backwards perspective in that what we’re looking for in life or how we’re looking for it is all wrong in many minds. 

    People are spending their entire lives searching for that ‘one thing’ that will make them happy, and will work hard, and tenaciously miserable until they find it. So, their excuse of not finding happiness and joy in their work is because they believe they are still separate from their own utopia; or
    without saying it, separate from God. Utopia is right in front of each and every one of us, in many forms, in many ways; not just one thing… It’s not about the ‘one thing’ passion. It’s about one direction, and that direction is Love;;;;;period! 

    As a result of people being disgruntled by the impossible path of finding their “needle in a haystack” calling, they’re starting to
    resent this idea as hype, and we’ll start seeing more people who went through this disappointment start lashing out against Passion. As though Passion is an impossible thing to obtain, they will begin preaching that we should now get
    the cart before the horse. 

    Come see the Video Message I just did on the subject. I was writing about this last week, but hopefully this begins the process of drawing
    people back in to the true meaning of calling, purpose, and direction. Love is our direction, and if we’re not doing something out of love, then it’s not our direction. If we just serve out of love for others, our natural gifts will rise to the surface, and they become obvious. Who we are comes to life in how we love and serve others…

    Here’s the link to the Video.. The ‘One Thing’ is a Myth http://www.180coach.com/the-one-thing-is-a-myth/

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Truth here Rob. The deeper word than Passion is ‘Calling’. And as Gary Barkalow says, that will transcend all our roles. So for the role of work and vocation, there should be multiple applications where you could fulfill your calling in your work. Then, my tact is to find the one that you’re best positioned for, looking at the context of your life. There may not be ONE thing, but we DO want to hone in as close as we can to what fits well.

      • robclinton

        Right on Kevin… Each step of the way, through all those many applications we can enjoy, it behooves us to keep being intentional about growing stronger and closer to our best mediums to serve.

  • Hazel Dahl Behrens

    It has been said, “If you want to know where your heart is, look at your checkbook ”  or “You are what you eat.” Passion without effort is a pipe dream. Time and effort, and maybe a lot of research, can bring a dream into reality.

    Yet, I agree that effort in itself does not go far in contributing to one’s quality of life or to society unless accompanied by passion, desire, enjoyment, and a bit of fun. It is awesome to love what you are doing. Then it never feels like work.

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Lots of semantics to play with here, for sure. I just see a culture hell bent on effort and making a buck, and denying true passion. So I’m shouting from the side of passion, care and cause. Find that, then of course put the effort behind it. But…if you have a passion and aren’t duly motivated to put effort behind it, then I’d question whether it’s really a passion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690676556 Jason H. Garey

    Certainly, our perspective on this is everything. From a Christian perspective, it is our highest priority is to abide in Christ and to seek Him with our whole heart. When we learn of Him, He will reveal things of profound significance and relevance to us. But it’s critical that we measure success by His standard, not the world’s, Because we live in an ever-darkening world, some would argue that it’s getting tougher to do that. But for those of us who know better, to the extent that we allow our circumstances, our sins, our buy-in to deception to bind us, that will determine our fate. Good examples – Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, Paul (too many too list). Bad examples – Solomon, Sampson, Judas.  God wants to break through and give us the desires of our heart, that (incidentally) He planted there, but only if we humble ourselves before Him. I think it’s important to remember that God is not the author of confusion, the devil is. God WANTS to reveal things to us, just like we want to enjoy watching our children unwrap their presents on Christmas morning. Ps. 84:11 says “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

    But where is the unrenewed mind in all of this? God has a plan for every life, and certainly unbelievers contribute to the world in meaningful ways. But unless and until they defer to the God who formed them in the womb and promises them a future and a hope, what happens with their passions, calling, purpose and dreams?

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Wow Jason. Just…wow. So much truth here. This statement is very much a crux, “He wants to break THROUGH and give us the desires of our heart, that (incidentally) He planted there.” Most people just can NOT, or will NOT accept that. Because, they don’t trust. They don’t have faith. But they only can…by ‘renewing their mind’ as you also said. By pressing into God and getting clarity and confidence on what they really desire, getting past the desires of the flesh. I hope many read your comment and take it to heart Jason. Thank you.

  • dallonchristensen

    Nice timing on this blog, Kevin. I’ve been considering a lot related to this as I weighed my decision to ultimately pursue free agency. I’m good at what I do right now, but it’s killing me to do it. I’m constantly frustrated because I know I have more in me than what I’m giving. While I know we’ll face a few bumps as I start my journey, I have to start. 

    My stepson’s recent diabetes diagnosis has also made me think about just what we need to do on this Earth. Over the past two weeks, I’ve told Thomas that he can still do everything he wants to do in his life. At age 8, that means playing with his friends, going to summer camp, and all of the things that a kid should do. However, what kind of role model am I if I tell him how he can still accomplish great things while I use his diagnosis as an excuse to stay in a “safe” job that doesn’t fit my purpose or calling? That would be incredibly hypocritical of me.

    Am I scared? You bet. However, courage is facing your fears and doing what you need to do anyway.

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      OK my brother Dallon, this is rich. What you wrote here, is ‘worth the price of admission’ as they say…worth people coming to read this blog, just to read this from you, “What kind of role model am I if I tell him how he can still accomplish great things while I use his diagnosis as an excuse to stay in a “safe” job that doesn’t fit my purpose or calling? That would be incredibly hypocritical of me. Am I scared? You bet. However, courage is facing your fears and doing what you need to do anyway.” You have inspired me, and others today Dallon. Thank you greatly.

  • Keith D

    Sorry, but what a weak post by Cuban. Anyone who is remotely familiar with him and his beloved Dallas Mavericks knows how truly passionate he is about his team…I would be willing to wager (if I were a betting man) that he would be voted the NBA’s most passionate owner if a poll were thrown out there. He just basically fired one his players for lack of effort that, in my opinion, was due to lack of passion. Passion fuels effort.

    To me, the reason most people aren’t passionate is because they lack the connection with the source of their passion. Every manufacturer knows the purpose and intent for what they created…if you want to know everything about an iPad you go to the Apple headquarters…if you want to know all about your Toyota go talk to the engineers and designers who created it. And ultimately, if you want to be introduced to yourself and your passion, go talk to your Creator/Father. Let the Manufacturer be found true and every man a liar.

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Keith, thanks for this. I agree overall with what you say here. I’ll just posit that God alone is not enough. He primarily works through His people. Which irritates me in my impatience. If He wanted the world wiped away, why not do it with a brush of His hand? Why get Noah to build an ark, take so long, endure persecution from others, go through the rigamarole of rain and flooding and evaporation…

      So on that note, to truly find our purpose, we generally need help from others who can testify to what they see in us. What testimony of the Creator they see reflected in us.

      You may  have very well had that in mind in your statement, and I’m just taking the time to unwrap it for folks who wouldn’t otherwise understand that!

  • Jack Lynady

    PCPD. Sounds like a disorder I might be suffering from. Love what u bring bro. 😉

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Hey, thanks Jack. We’ll be talking about it in Basecamp tomorrow, would love your input there

      • Jack Lynady

        Cool. Looking forward to it.

  • http://christopherbattles.net/ Christopher Battles

    Truth was spoken.  Thank you Kevin.

    K, bye

    • http://www.freeagentacademy.com Kevin Miller

      Well, if so, I’m grateful then. Thanks Christopher.

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