Follow Your Bliss Stories #1 – How Jeff Probst Got Survivor

The late great mythologist Joseph Campbell spoke of a concept he described as following your bliss. Campbell had recognized a pattern in myths from around the world that he outlined in a functional path he termed “The Hero’s Journey.”

This pattern is seen in most great stories throughout time and culture. Filmmaker George Lucas drew upon his love of this concept in creating Star Wars.

The key is this. The hero in the story – your story – is you. We’re all on the hero’s journey. It’s not an experience reserved for the few. It’s the very essence of why each and every one of us is here.

You often hear elements of the story when people who “hit it big” describe the tale of how it happened. Here survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst describes how he willed himself to host this wild new show concept – Survivor. His story has many of the classic elements. He even mentions the Campbell-like aspects of his journey.

 

In case no one else reminds you today, you are awesome!

Ray

It’s Never Too Late – Day 236 of 365 Days to a Better You

There are many mental traps you can fall into that can limit your pursuit of your dreams. One of the most common and believable is, “It’s too late.” My goal in the rest of this post is to convince you that’s not so!

25 It’s Never Too Late Quotes

    1. Who told you it was too late? And more importantly, why did you choose to believe them?

~Richelle Goodrich

    1. So long as you have courage and a sense of humor, it’s never too late to start life afresh.

~Freeman Dyson

    1. in the end you are the only one who can make yourself happy. More important, …it is never too late to find out how to do it.

~Ruth Reichl

    1. No star is ever lost we once have seen. We always may be what we might have been.

~Adelaide Ann Proctor

    1. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.

~Maya Angelou

    1. It’s never too late to give up what you are doing and start doing what you realize you love.

~Hans Rosling

    1. It’s never too late. Don’t focus on what was taken away. Find something to replace it and acknowledge the blessing you have.

~Drew Barrymore

    1. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

~C.S. Lewis

    1. It’s never too late to learn.

~Malcolm Forbes

    1. It’s never too late to mend your ways.

~American Proverb

    1. It’s never too late to be great.

~Jordan Burroughs

    1. Remember that it’s never too late and you’re never too old to get the body you were born to have.

~David Kirsch

    1. I just want to show the world it’s never too late to get your diploma, and show kids they should stay in school and not wait until you’re old to get it.

~Flavor Flav

    1. I’m living the dream! I just want to tell actors and writers it’s never too late, and it can happen when you least expect it.

~Geneva Carr

    1. It’s never too late to take your heart health seriously and make it a priority.

~Jennie Garth

    1. It’s never too late to reclaim your inner diva and reclaim your inner strength.

~Michelle Visage

    1. Sometimes too late is just in time.

~C.J. Carlyon

    1. It’s never too late to take another path.

~David Suzuki

    1. It’s never too late to give up your prejudices.

~Henry David Thoreau

    1. It’s never too late to drop your beliefs and let your wounds heal.

~Adam Scythe

    1. There is nothing better in life than being a late bloomer. Success can happen at any time and at any age. You can have a spiritual awakening and discover a new side of yourself. And best of all, love can happen at any age.

~Salma Hayek

    1. You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from the scratch once again.

~Bikram Choudhury

    1. Live your life and forget your age.

~Norman Vincent Peale

    1. Aging is a physical process, but age is a state of mind.

~Ted Smith

    1. It matters only that you manifest your genius; it doesn’t matter when. It’s never too late or too early.

~Mark Victor Hansen

10 People Who Proved It’s Never Too Late

  1. Satchel Paige – denied his right to be among the elite pitchers in MLB history by the color barrier, Paige threw his first MLB pitch at age 42 and his last at 59.
  2. Laura Ingalls Wilder – the world-famous author of the “Little House” books didn’t have her first book published until she was 65.
  3. Gladys Burrill – competed in her first marathon at 86 and her last at 92.
  4. Susan Boyle – was 47 when she shocked the world on Britain’s Got Talent to become a global singing star.
  5. Peter Mark Roget – retired at 61 and always enjoyed making lists. At age 73, he published one of the most read books in the English language – Roget’s Thesaurus.
  6. Anna Mary Robertson – took up painting at 67 after her husband’s death. When she was 78, an art collector bought all her paintings. They were shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She became known to the world as “Grandma Moses.”
  7. Ronald Reagan – while today we think little of a candidate running for president in their 70s, Ronald Reagan took office in 1981 at the age of 69; considered ancient at the time. He’d run for president twice before and failed. He remains the oldest elected president at 73 Years 249 days and oldest serving president at 77 years 349 days.
  8. Colonel Harland Sanders – at 65, a penniless retired small-time restaurant owner took his “secret recipe” chicken on the the road looking for franchisees. The story goes he was rejected by more than 1000 restaurant owners before he found one in Salt Lake City. Within 10 years, Kentucky Fried Chicken became the world’s largest chicken restaurant chain.
  9. Ray Kroc – worked as a cup and milkshake machine salesman. One of his customers – the McDonald brothers – ran a hamburger joint that impressed him. At 59, he bought the company and turned into the world’s largest franchise before his death.
  10. Harry Bernstein – wrote more than 20 unpublished novels. At the age of 97, his autobiographical novel – The Invisible Wall – was published to critical acclaim. He followed that with two more books.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m fresh out of reasons why it’s too late to pursue my dreams. Let’s get to it!

Keep believing in a Better You and a better world, my friends.

Ray

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Who You Don’t Want to Be – Day 232 of 365 Days to a Better You

Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert wrote, “You take whatever works from wherever you can find it, and you keep moving toward the light.”

It would be fantastic if the wind pushing the ship of your dreams was always a positive, encouraging wind. You would be perpetually propelled forward by a vision of who you want to be. And, on the whole, you should seek that energy as often as possible.

There are periods, though, when it’s tough to summon the sunshine. On those days when the top of your mountain is socked in and it’s hard to imagine your best self, consider Gilbert’s words. Take “whatever works from wherever you can find it.”

If you aren’t able to take a positive step toward who you want to be, at least take a step away from who you don’t want to be anymore. If that’s the best energy you can generate today, then let it propel you until you can bring better energy to the struggle.

In short, use propulsion to push you forward whenever you can. But, don’t dismiss the power of repulsion as a back up power source. Keep the ship moving, no matter the mental weather.

Keep digging, my friends. Your dreams are one day closer than ever before!

Ray

Waiting for Samadhi Isn’t a Life Strategy – Day 156 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Affirmation:

I find my bliss in the chaos. I find my stillness in the dance.

When I was younger, I used to spend my time waiting for this perfect moment I imagined would come to take action. The right moment, I assumed, would arrive for me to ask out that girl. The sun would shine upon me, as in a movie, to tell me I was making the right choices. The Universe would suddenly sing in unison to show me the way.

Now, I’ve been lucky enough to have a few of those moments in my life and perhaps you have too. However, they’re not reliable enough base your life strategy around.

The great mythologist Joseph Campbell pointed out there were two spheres of thought in ancient Buddhism – Indian and Chinese. The former has this concept of Samadhi, while the latter is based more on the idea of the Tao.

Samadhi is a moment where the great enlightened being stills the world around him or her to a state of perfected bliss and union. Meanwhile, the Tao summons the idea that life is a chaotic balance always in movement around the great being and that enlightenment is found not in stilling the chaos, but in becoming one with the ebb and flow.

That younger me was constantly waiting for moments of Samadhi. Now I’m certain such a state is reachable by the most enlightened among us and for all of us in certain moments. It’s also reachable if you want to leave the world, as Buddha did, and spend your life on a mountain or in a forest in complete contemplation. For most of us ordinary human beings with a job and mortgage, though, we must be content with finding our bliss amid the chaos of a life that never stops and is always presenting new challenges.

That younger me thought life would stop and wait for me at some point; that I”d suddenly “get it” and all would fall beautifully into place. This older wiser me understands that the beauty and sometimes the terror is found in the constant chaos that is our lives. The beauty is not just in that magical stillness, but in the flow of the river that never ceases.

Power Hack: Stop waiting. There’s no perfect moment except this one. Your goals, your dreams, and your destiny are found on the run. Samadhi does exist and I’d welcome you to seek it, but it’s not the mechanism that will drive most of your happiness or success. For that, you must lose yourself in this moment of action and find your bliss amid the chaos.

Ask him out. Apply to Harvard. Write the book. Change the world. Do it now.

You are all amazing! Never forget it no matter what anyone says. Thank you so much for spending a few more minutes with me on the blog today.

Ray

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Living Beyond Other Peoples’ Opinions – Day 77 of 365 Days to a Better You

Living beyond other peoples’ opinions.

Today’s Thought

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
~Plato

April and I were listening to Rachel Hollis this morning. She says something repeatedly throughout her work that I really like. It’s something to the effect that other people don’t get to choose the life you live.

As long as you can remember, you had to deal with other peoples’ of you, what you do, and who you are. The mistake you may have made early on is believing their opinions. Maybe they had a position of authority, they were your friend, your spouse, or someone you really admired.

The fact of the matter is there’s only one opinion, ultimately, that matters in your life. There’s only one opinion that propel you or stop you in your tracks. That’s your opinion.

Now, you may have a low opinion of yourself in a given situation or endeavor. That’s content for another blog. Right now, we’re focused on all those other opinions that stream into your life, often without invitation. Who should you listen to and who should you ignore?

Let’s start with this. An opinion that limits you or squashes your potential, no matter how much you love or respect the person offering it, needs to be ejected from your life now. That opinion is not moving you forward.

I’m not talking about ignoring sound advice like don’t, “Don’t drive on the wrong side of the road.” I’m talking about opinions like:

  • “Oh, you don’t want to write a book. No one will ever buy it.”
  • “He’s the best you’ll ever do. You better hang on to him no matter how he treats you.”
  • “You can’t run a successful business. I never could.”
  • “Why do you need a Master’s Degree? I did fine without it.”

Power hack: When someone is audacious enough to tell you that you never can or never should follow your dream, I want you to apply this standard. Does that person have the life you want? Have they achieved what you dream of achieving?

You see, most people who spend their lives shooting down other peoples’ dreams and naysaying are bitter because they never had the courage to go after theirs. Or maybe they did, and it didn’t work out for them. That’s sad, but it’s no reason to squash your enthusiasm and determination for yours.

If your critic lacks the credentials to advise you or obviously is not coming from a supportive place, ignore the opinion. It’s of no value to you. Find those people who do support you and, damn it, support yourself! Every great achievement in human history happened, despite all the opinions about it not because of them.

You will never be free of opinions flowing into your life, but you can free yourself from their negative effect and get on with the business of following your bliss!

You – yeah you – you’re AWESOME!

Ray