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The Cure For The Mid-life Crisis: Vocation vs. Occupation

Def. vocation ??Ÿ?¦Ÿ? n
??Ÿ?¦?? a special urge, inclination or predisposition to a particular calling.

Translation: Doing that thing that you were born to do. That thing that you along can bring to the world.

Def. occupation ??Ÿ?¦Ÿ? n??Ÿ?¦?? An activity that serves as one’s regular source of livelihood

Translation: Your job.
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We have been taught to believe that the definition of these two words are the same. We call them Synonyms. But if you go back to the etymology of these two words (vocation – occupation) you see something different.

What happens in our society is this, because we don’t understand the meanings of these two words we say they are the same: we are confused. Interpreting them as being the same our goal has become: earn money and we’ll be happy.

What happens is twenty or thirty years into a career we wake up knowing we are unhappy in what we are doing. But we feel stuck, trapped. And because we don’t understand the meaning of these to little words we attempt another occupation repeating the cycle. This is often called the mid-life crisis.

With a better understanding of the meaning of words, you too can learn what you were born to accomplish, find out who you are, right your warped or broke core values. If you don’t know where to begin let me lead you to a list of classics, which, over time, will help you see what is right and what is wrong in your life.

Then, when you know who you are, you can go out and build an occupation around your vocation and that is how you can love what you do. (See it explained by Dr. Shanon Brooks here. Watch the second video/part and start it at 6:45)

Assignment:
Learn the difference between education and schooling. Find your vocation. Change the world. We need people who can change the world for the better. It’s not hard it only take hard work. Find your vocation and then build your occupation around it. We look forward to seeing you shine.

PS. Get to know the 1828 dictionary. Here you can learn some very interesting things about the common words we use. Definitions have changed over time, sometimes this is to out detriment. When we are better educated we can make better decisions: there is a difference between Education and Schooling too, but that is for another discussion. NOTE: Content came from Dr. Shanon Brooks. See: Shanon Brooks’ Blog for the good stuff.

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