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A quest and a call: Gregg Vanourek

  1. 1. A Quest and a Call Barrett Values Centre CTT Conference Gregg Vanourek June 2014
  2. 2. What is your quest? Where are you going? And why?
  3. 3. David was on a political quest. And so it was surprising when he said no to the White House. “I am large. I contain multitudes.” –Walt Whitman
  4. 4. My Dad’s quest after grad school: “I WANT TO RUN SOMETHING.” My quest after college: “I WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL.”
  5. 5. A message from Warren’s soul: ARE YOU THERE? ARE YOU YOU? ARE YOU READY? (“It’s time to bake”)
  6. 6. Kimberly at a crossroads: “This is not me…. I was killing my soul.”
  7. 7. Gerald at 2 a.m. in London staring at the abyss: Am I a good husband, father, son, brother, citizen, or just a good businessman? “I’m never going to give myself those grades again.”
  8. 8. Your quest may be wrong for you. It may actually be toxic. “Failure’s hard, but success is far more dangerous. If you’re successful at the wrong thing, the mix of praise and money and opportunity can lock you in forever.” –Po Bronson Have you ever been on a quest in life or work that was wrong for you?
  9. 9. “Let your life speak” -George Fox Quaker saying Some time when the river is ice ask me mistakes I have made. Ask me whether what I have done is my life. -William Stafford, “Ask Me”
  10. 10. “Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you…. Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am. I must listen for the truths and values at the heart of my own identity, not the standards by which I must live—but the standards by which I cannot help but live it I am living my own life.” -Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak
  11. 11. “Comparison is the thief of joy.”-Teddy Roosevelt
  12. 12. Burnout: “It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” –Thoreau How many of us are productive but miserable? Are you tired of being tired?
  13. 13. Antidotes to Burnout: Purpose, Values, Soufulness But none of that comes without renewal
  14. 14. “In life itself, there is a time to seek inner peace, a time to rid oneself of tension and anxiety. The moment comes when the striving must let up, when wisdom says, “Be quiet.” You’ll be surprised how the world keeps on revolving without your pushing it. And you’ll be surprised how much stronger you are the next time you decide to push.” -John W. Gardner
  15. 15. What is your quest? Does it still serve you? Does it fill you up or drain you? Is it time to pivot from the willful quest of ego to the deeper calling of your soul? Do you hear a call? Are you answering it?
  16. 16. Gregg Vanourek gvanourek@gmail.com @GVanourek lifeentrepreneurs.com triplecrownleadership.com