I’m a sucker for books that challenge me to think and act in new ways. Beyond that, I’ve been a fan of Dan Miller’s work for a few years now. So I was excited to see that his newest effort, When Wisdom Meets Passion co-authored with his son Jared Angaza, had been released.
A few pages in, I became “hooked” on the book’s message when I saw one of my all-time favorite quotes:
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
I took this as a sign that the rest of the book would be right up my alley. It was.
In my own life I see both sides of the “wisdom” vs. “passion” argument. I see people my age so consumed with making a living that they give little if any credence to the idea of living and working with passion. The younger people in my life seem to take a polar opposite approach. I see them taking chances and holding onto their vision for a life they can love, even if it means giving up the security their parents cling to (a sense of security that is more of a delusion than a reality).
Wisdom Meets Passion is packed with a lot of great messages that I relate to from my life experiences and observations. Here are seven that happened to float my boat:
- Be Who You Were Created to Be — Not Someone Else. Jared writes that he spent much of his life trying to emulate some of his heroes … Bono, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela. Yet he didn’t gain much “traction” that way. It was only when he discovered and embraced his own talents that he found peace in his journey of learning who God had created him to be.
- Your Future Is Shaped By What You’re Saying and Doing Today. Dan boasts that, while not a fortune-teller or mind-reader, he can predict your future. He says that by hearing what you say and watching what you do, he can predict where you’re going to be in five years You possess the same power of prediction. If you want to create your future, you must embrace thoughts and words that align with that which you intend to achieve and place action behind it. That’s just how life works.
- To Be More Productive, Consider Doing Less. In this frenetic world, it’s easy to have your entire life consumed by your ever-growing to-do list, but that’s not the way to achieve what you want. Many, many times, the answer is to stop the motion, break free of the commotion, and just slow down or escape for a bit.
- Live the Life YOU Want to Live, and Forget About Others’ Expectations for You. It’s your life and even if you live well into “old age” — it’s going to fly by quickly. Life is just too short to be living a life someone else imagines for you.
- Appreciate All the Rainbows in Your Life Instead of Re-Living the Storms. Okay, those weren’t the words the authors used, but the message is there. We all have life stories that contain some bad and some good. When you think about your “life story,” do you focus on the uplifting aspects of your life or the trials and tribulations? One story will bring more happiness … the other won’t. It’s your choice.
- Success Starts as a Dream that Gets Combined with a Plan of Action. The dream comes first, but the action must follow.
- Blend Wisdom with Passion and Doors Will Open. My generation has it wrong: wisdom is not enough. The generations coming after me have it wrong: passion is not enough. But when you blend the two, you have a winning combination that can help you create a meaningful, joyful life journey. And, in the end … it’s not about the destination … it’s really all about the journey.
The book has a lot more inspiration, plus a boat-load of practical “how to’s” for finding your way. If I’ve intrigued you with these ramblings, I recommend you get your own copy of When Wisdom Meets Passion.
DISCLOSURE: This blogpost was created by J. Marie Novak, independently of the authors of When Wisdom Meets Passion. If you happen to buy the book through Amazon by following a link on this site, I make a teeny-tiny commission from it; however, I don’t care where you get the book! Get it from Dan’s site … your local library … or your favorite bookstore. I just recommend that you get it!