Thought Starters

QOTW 2013: Week 24: C’mon, who treats work like a learning experience?

When’s the last time you actually learned something from working?

I had no idea what to write about this week but the thing that was nagging at me was to write something. We are moving our home soon. What does that have to do with writing? Nothing. What does the move have to do with my passion?


But in a way everything.

Something happened to me on Sunday morning that put my passion, Interior Design, into context for me.


That something was simply an episode of The Good Life Project where a conversation between Mitch Joel and Jonathan Fields, two guys you may or may not have even heard of, reminded me why I do this stuff in the first place.

They were talking about balance and a portion of the conversation led to some discussion which resonated with me. The notion that I love to learn and have an insatiable drive to continue to learn is one of the reasons I spend time doing this. I love to think and write and try new things but there has been something that has interfered with my ability to make the most of each experience.


Or, in reality, the way I see work.










Is work separate from your life or can you experience what you love, your passion, as an integrated part of who you are in life?


That’s a meaty question.

Learning is work.

If you love to learn why is learning not part of everything you do? If you think about it we operate within three functional aspects of life; work, family and community. You can switch these words around in any order but it doesn’t really matter.

That’s the point.

In the conversation between Mitch and Jonathan it became very clear to me that if these things are not intertwined and in balance, to each other, then life itself is out of balance.

I love to work. I love to learn. And learning is one of our guiding principles around this place. That conversation was certainly a good reminder.

I took that notion to mean this; why not treat every experience as an opportunity to learn?

Why not?

That’s how I try to intertwine those 3 places where I live.


That brings us to today’s quote.


Henry David Thoreau, the man, the writer, the poet and philosopher lived in a time before this was possible. By this I mean sharing thoughts easily through world of technology. I am trying to choose people who are among the living but today’s quote fit so well I couldn’t help myself. Sad, but true.

The part of Mr. Thoreau’s legacy that I love is that some people thought he was an anarchist. In some way, the young rebellious me identifies with the notion that intelligence should not be bound. I’m sure that I’m just scratching the surface with that comment. Well, at any rate, Mr. Thoreau certainly had a way with words. Here are a few that suit today’s ideas quite appropriately.


If that doesn’t brighten your day then maybe this will.











Have a great Monday and an awesome week.

If you want to read last week’s quote simply click here.







About this Author: Ralph Dopping (199 Posts)

A quirky sense-o-humour coupled with an indelible sense of stylish sarcasm makes it difficult to take the world too seriously doesn't it? My faves: fun, passion and hard work. I work here everyday:


Wow, what @KDillabough said!  


In life, to really achieve awesomeness, you simply need to identify what you love to do. Your gifts will make room for you in business and in life. Then you're not really working; you're just doing that thing you were born to do.


Cheers, Ralph! : )


I am my work: I live and breathe who I am and what I do. That's the thing about my business. I'm hired for who I am - the essence of what I bring to the table - which is manifest by what I can do for you, the client. My life isn't divided into "on duty" and "off duty": it's a seamless existence in which I live every moment fully, regardless of what I happen to be doing. Cheers! Kaarina

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Hey Mark @Mark_Harai @KDillabough It's been a while. I hope you are doing well. Thanks for your comments. We all know that to be the truth but getting there is naturally the tough part. It's good to see that you are living it. What's the Caramilk secret, good sir? ;-)

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Well @KDillabough someone's all fired up! I am glad you see it that way. I don't know the statistics but I bet that "way of life" is not commonplace. Personally, I find it easy to separate work and life because I work for someone else. I am invested because I love what I do. I suppose I m in the middle somewhere. Thanks for your continued support here. Cheers to you.