Do what you . . .

Find something you love to do and you will never have to work a day in your life.  – Confucius

One of the purposes of this blog is to provide me, and my readers, with an opportunity to rethink some of the things I have taken for granted and believed were “the way things are”.  Looking back over the many years I have been engaged in the business of life and living there is a lot to rethink.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog I spent a wonderful evening with Dr. Jane Goodall at a dinner in her honour.  At the end of the evening we were chatting informally at the table where she was signing copies of her various books.  I bought her autobiography and asked her to dedicate it to my young daughter, aged 12.  Here’s what she wrote:

To Stephanie.  Do what you love and peace will follow.

This got me thinking on some of the “beliefs” about success I grew up with. Maybe you heard and internalised some of these as well.

  • Do what you …. must
  • Do what you … have to do
  • Do what … is required
  • Do what . . . is necessary
You get the picture.  Never once growing up did I hear Do what you love!  Later in life I read and heard that statement many times but to be honest I was too busy with my business and other things to stop and seriously contemplate that statement against my early programming.  

Could it be that simple?

Tight Lines . . . 

John R Childress

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About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at or
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