Nearly everyone has experienced the sense of being nudged and prompted to take certain actions. These intuitive hints can spur us to do big things like change jobs, or smaller things like text a friend. My guest today says that these are callings, and that if we don't answer them, they'll continue to rememerge and can haunt us til the day we die. His name is Gregg Levoy and he's the author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life. We begin our conversation discussing what exactly a calling is and why it's not necessarily the same thing as a vocation. Gregg then shares how callings come to people, why they're sometimes unpleasant and challenging, and what you can do to attune yourself to their signals. Gregg then shares different ways people go about figuring out their calling, including rites of passage, traveling, art, and community. We get into how you figure out if something you think is a calling is actually a calling or not, and the idea that while every calling demands a response, that response can be negotiated. We end our conversation discussing what happens when your calling ends in what looks like failure. Get the show notes at aom.is/callings.
Gregg Levoy joins me to discuss the art of discovering and following one’s passion for life and work. Greg is a journalist, writer, and coach who has helped people all over the world to find their calling and design their work and lifestyle around it. In particular, we discuss the big ideas featured in his book, Vital Signs. This book is one of the few I give a perfect “five-star” rating on Goodreads. It’s a very entertaining and engaging look at the role of passion and purpose in life.
Listen to the podcast as we discuss:
What our obsession with Zombies tells us about the state of the American workforce!
What passion really is....and it's connection to suffering.
Why it matters that we are fully engaged at work and in life.
Why following your passion is NOT terrible advice!
What to do if you feel stuck at work.
…and much more!
Check out Gregg’s Website for helpful links, articles, and videos on the art of discovering your calling and cultivating a meaningful and passionate life.
On this episode on The Power To Change Your Life podcast, Stephanie interviews author, teacher and speaker Gregg Levoy. Gregg's latest book is titled "Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion". His first book "Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life" rated among the top twenty career publications by the Workforce Information Group and is included in numerous graduate programs in management and organizational leadership. Gregg is a formal behavioral specialist at USA Today and regular blogger for Psychology Today. He has also written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Christian Science Monitor, Reader's Digest, and many others. In this podcast we discuss finding your passion, taking risks, cultivating wonder and the struggle between passion and security.