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Conan’s Last Words

Posted by Karen on January 25, 2010

“To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I’ll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere.

Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”

Conan O’Brien on the last episode of the Tonight Show (see full clip here)


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A Thought from Po Bronson

Posted by Karen on June 23, 2009

“I’ve been all over the country,” I said. “And what I’ve found is that…if you succeed at something in which you’re honest to yourself and in line with your values and not wearing a mask to the world, then that does seem to make people happy. It’s not a mirage. When you succeed and you’re still unhappy, it’s usually because in your heart you’re conflicted about how you accomplished it or whether you really deserved or, most likely, that you’re conflicted about what you’ve presented about yourself to the world.”

 Po Bronson, What Should I Do With My Life?

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A Different Way of Looking at Your Career Exploration

Posted by Karen on February 4, 2009

As the only intelligent surveyor of a seemingly barren universe, man is prone to have too high an opinion of himself. In actual fact, humanity, at this stage, is like a castaway child trying, without knowing it, to prepare itself for a superhuman role in the aeons to come.  Gopi Krishna

I am reading Gopi Krishna’s text on Kundalini (Kundalini is a – nay…the Life Force energy typically pictured as a snake coiled at the base of the spine). Gopi Krishna writes that Kundalini is at the source of all mysticism and wonder, and at the mystic heart of every discipline and religion. I love this quote – it suggests that while we often think we’re at our zenith in terms of human ability, we are, as ever, babes crawling on the floor of the universe.

That means there is lots of undiscovered potential within us.

Imagine if what you were doing was more than just an individual career exploration…it was also a part of a greater transformation of what’s possible for human beings.

Wouldn’t that be cool?

Wouldn’t that also explain why it can be so hard and frustrating?

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