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How To Find Your Vital Vocation by Brian Cormack Carr @vitalvocation

Posted on: November 29, 2013


If you follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss … and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
~ Joseph Campbell

Find out who you are and do it on purpose.
~ Dolly Parton

You’re probably wondering about the title of this book. What is a Vital Vocation anyway? Let’s break it down. This is what the Oxford English Dictionary has to say about the definition of vocation, a word that comes from the Latin verb vocare (“to call”):

vocation (noun)

– a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation

– a person’s employment or main occupation, especially regarded as worthy and requiring dedication

– a trade or profession

And here’s what it has to say about the definition of vital, a word derived from the Latin vitalis, which describes the animating principle of all living beings:

vital (adjective)

absolutely necessary; essential

indispensable to the continuance of life

full of energy; lively

So, in short, a Vital Vocation describes a way of making a living which is in some way essential to your life, either because you feel a deep instinctive need for it or because it emerges naturally from your own unique way of being in the world.  Put simply, it’s a way of making a living that makes your heart and spirit sing!

A Vital Vocation is also “vital” to you because doing it enables you to feel alive and vibrant – full of the energy that a mediocre job just drains away.

There’s nothing more exciting or fulfilling than doing work that enables you to be yourself.  Many of us have had the experience of being stuck in jobs which do exactly the opposite; jobs that squeeze our personalities out of us and make us feel like lifeless, mindless drones. If you’ve been in that position in the past, or are in it now, you’ll understand just how important it is to make a change. That’s why I created the Vital Vocation process for my clients.

Why You Should Find Your Vital Vocation

Think it’s too frivolous and maybe even a bit selfish to go off in search of the work you love? Think again. The world needs more people who are following their calling and sharing their gifts with the rest of humanity, not fewer.

A few years ago, Bonnie Ware, a nurse who worked for many years in palliative care, published a list of the top five regrets people express on their deathbeds ( She found that the number one regret expressed by the dying was:

“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

A sobering thought.  As Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote so movingly in his poem The Voiceless in 1858: “Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!”

Don’t be one of them. Share what you have with the rest of us. For better or worse, you’ve been given the gift of life, and answering your calling is the gift you can give back in return.


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Genre –  NonFiction / Careers

Rating – G

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Quality Reads UK Book Club Disclosure: Author interview / guest post has been submitted by the author and previously used on other sites.


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