The notion of separation of our work and personal lives is becoming obsolete. It is an archaic way of looking at the individual within the world of work. It is a relic of the industrial age. Living dual lives takes energy, and the energy spent takes its toll. It weakens the individual, lowers their ability to succeed, and adversely affects performance.
-From blog post 6/4/2011 by Ric Gonzalez, Woo Woo Leadership
Donald Davis was Kathryn Tucker Windham’s friend the last 30 years of her amazing life. Noting her incredible stamina of life and work, Donald asked how she kept up such energy. Kathryn answered, “Energy comes from interest. I am interested in so many things.”
Interest creates energy: This resonated in me in two major ways. First as it relates to passion. Passion requires energy. As my client Ken says, “Work in the light of passion is renewable energy.” Varied interests are like a wind turbine; creating energetic passion from a limitless source. Secondly, interest assures performance. Living one’s life in a singular flow – where it is difficult to discern when one is working versus playing – is a path of impact.
Kathryn further energized my belief that so much in life is simply a matter of choice. It is important to open to diverse interests, focus the accrued energy through passion, and choose happiness.
… choose happiness!