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“Every time I find myself in a situation where there’s a choice, I ask, “Is this the person I want to be?””
Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, has a point. Has your work life up-leveled during the June series, Just Watch? Think of all the great new skills you’re practicing. Self-awareness. Listening deeply. Making decisions with discernment. Using intention. Being resilient when things go wrong. It all sounds great in principle, but does anyone consistently apply these ideas in the real world?
Dan Frederinburg died suddenly in an avalanche at Mt. Everest after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Nepal. Dan spent his days at Google on the privacy team. He maxed out his spare time, too. He applied his business skills to a climate change nonprofit, Save the Ice, and The Laundry, a social impact start-up incubator.
His weekends were equally full. His love of climbing took him to Mt. Everest twice. His exploits at Burning Man were legendary.
When he passed, his friends set up a charitable foundation, “Live Dan”. His close friend, Mike North, describes it this way: “To Live Dan is to live life as an adventure. To not be afraid to go out and pursue dreams and crazy ideas. To get yourself out there in the world and doing it. Dan was doing so much, and with no hesitation.”
Dan Frederinburg married his intelligence with his heart, whether he was at work or at play. Max Stossel remembers, “He had this incredible hacker mind, always finding innovative ways to solve problems. He used that mind to bring more love into the world, more adventure into the world, and create those kinds of experiences for the people he cared about.”
How would your career change if you used Dan Frederinburg as your style icon and brought all of your heart as well as your head to the office? Think how you could combine your personalities at home and work into a vivid, seamless expression. Could you “Live Dan”, infusing joy and love into whatever you’re doing?
“This is the year you’ll level up in your art career, this is the year you are going to meet new and wonderful people, this is the year you are going to bring more income in your life. Imagine happily paying your bills without stress or getting hired for an awesome assignment that will show off your work and brand. Set it up in your mind to attract these things! It can’t hurt, right? Again, taking the steps to follow through.”
This week, spend some time daydreaming about where your career can go. Not just for the rest of 2015, but in a year, 5 years and 10 years. Being successful in business doesn’t mean abandoning your Soul Boss skills. The person you want to be – the more joyful, more courageous and more fun you – is waiting to be discovered. Are you ready?