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Dan Cumberland

Posts by: Dan Cumberland

Dan Cumberland is on a mission to push you into the places meaning, life, & work intersect. He is the author of The Meaning Manifesto. Read more about him here, and connect with him on facebook and twitter.

That Once-In-a-Lifetime Opportunity: Does it Really Exist?

- - Risk and Fear, Work

Can we talk about that “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for a moment?

We hear this a lot, and it’s all really exciting, but I want to pick it apart a little bit.

“Once-in-a-lifetime” things are electric. They give us butterflies in our stomachs. They feel as though, if we play our cards just right, we will go places and experience things that we couldn’t otherwise.

    Thus, we feel compelled to say yes to:

  • that job,
  • that project,
  • this risk,
  • that trip,
  • that guy/girl,
  • that client, etc.

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Launching, Leaping, and Risking (and The Fear Of It)

- - Persistence, Risk and Fear

I’ve been excited about launching this blog for quite some time. I’ve been talking about it and writing for it for a while. Now it’s here. Now it’s launching. And in the last few weeks, I have found myself dragging my feet and coming up with so many reasons not to do this. All of a sudden, I have so many other things to do. It’s as though I once had a force within me that wanted to move forward but now that force wants to stand still and avoid what’s next.

Years ago I directed a program for high school students at a camp way up in northern CA. The camp has lots of high adventure programs, one of which is white water rafting on the Klamath river. We’re talking big, cold water. It’s epic, and so much fun.

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If It Moves You, It Has Meaning

- - Purpose, Work

Before the release of the most recent Sigur Ros album, the band put out a lyric video. I’ve been seeing lyric videos made by the artist more and more often, but this was the first that I saw that wasn’t in English. Knowing that Sigur Ros has been known to use made-up words and gibberish in their songs, I tweeted that I can now sing along with the words that have no meaning to me (whether or not they are real words). The thought made me laugh a little, and I thought I might share the giggles.

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