The magic of unseen hands
Curt Rosengren on Passionate Work
One thing that has continually struck me as I have followed his journey of my friend Erden Eruc, who along with Tim Harvey is rowing from Portugal to Costa Rica, is the similarity between what they are doing and creating a career that really makes you feel alive.
Take this, for example, from his most recent dispatch...
I have learned one thing through my travels which Joseph Campbell predicted before me: 'If you follow your bliss, there will be those invisible hands opening doors for you.'
Those with no obligation to help do so out of the kindness of their hearts, touching our journey, uplifting their own spirits in the process, while making us more courageous in the knowledge that we can press on forward, that all will be OK, that there will be other kind souls ahead at the next stop, that we should have faith in the process and in humanity itself, and that we are all better for it by giving each other a shoulder.
I think back over the course of my own Passion Catalyst journey, and marvel at the hands that have opened doors and supported me along the way. [click continue for more]
One of the best examples of this came early on. After an incredibly stressful first year of being broke and feeling like I was getting no traction, I finally reached the point where I just couldn't do it any more. I finally had to admit it just wasn't working. \n\nWithin a week of that, I had a conversation with Richard Tait, co-founder and Grand Poo Bah of the game company Cranium. After that conversation, he e-mailed me and offered to speak to one of the groups I was putting together (at the time I was doing a series of passion roundtables). I ended up creating an event for it - The Passion People Speaker Series - and Richard gave an incredible, inspiring, fun presentation.\n\nThe event sparked an increase in business. For the first time, I was able to pay all my monthly bills with my Passion Catalyst revenue. I finally started getting traction and had the room to press forward. \n\nLooking back, I really can't see any reason why Richard made the offer, other than that he liked what I was trying to do. In hindsight, it was the turning point, and if he hadn't been so generous with his support I'm not sure I would be doing what I'm doing today. \n\nInvisible hands. Powerful stuff.