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Random Rants #3

I’ve been a discovery channel fan .. Well probably since my dad installed astro. Some of the documentary/shows I really like to watch including Deathliest Catch, How Stuff Work, Man vs Wild, Mythbuster, and well alot more. The thing about discovery channel I really like is the commercial.

Before this they had this clip with the theme “The world is just awesome”

And now they have this new “Live Curious” theme, which is very nice! Discovery channel’s commercial is always breath taking!

**** Rants ****

– Finally I’m almost done with the job remaining in Alor Star and heading back to KL next sunday!

– It’s now time to seriously work hard and get better!

– Oh before that I’m going to Singapore on August 1 and I just accepted 1 job on July 31st. Then only now I realized I’m going to Singapore… So I reject it.. yet again. Image  -10.

– Ah, it’s time to journey to a circle of new friends, new environment, and, everything new. =/

– And I miss college and friends so much

– Good bye!


Let’s face it

Been thinking a lot about death lately. Hey FYI this is not about the emo blogger okay? The stories I heard lately, it’s all about death. Maybe it’s because we’re all grown up now and it’s time for us to realize this sad in life?

Let’s face it, sooner or later, we will all eventually, die. Sooner or later, the person you the love will leave us, this is, a part of life. Let’s face it. Yet, we can’t do anything to it, if you believe like how I believe, you’ll know that it’s all destiny. We can’t prevent anything from happening. Right? So what can we do, you ask? That is the question with no answer until lately, I realize. The word is treasure. If we can’t do anything, the only thing that we can do is, treasure every moment! And this my friend, is a lot more easier than it might sound.

I have a very annoying grandpa. I don’t like him. In fact, I used to hate him. Why? Well it’s a family matters so I don’t want to disclose it here. But hey, now that I’m a grown up, I start to understand more. I still don’t like the way he deal with stuff, yes, I still disagree with his thinking, but, hey, no matter what, he’s still my grandpa. What have gotten me into this lately?

My uncle got diagnosed with first stage nose cancer few months back. He was very very lucky to detect that early and still have time to cure. In fact now, he finished all the treatment and now a healthy man 🙂 Only with a few side effect such as tasteless food (but he says its coming back slowly).

And then my dad’s babysitter. The one who cared about our family even until today. Not today tho, she passed away few weeks ago due to A STUPID DOCTOR in a private hospital called PMC (Pergi Mati Cepat). I still remember what me and my friends used to joke about when we’re in secondary school. We said that PMC stands for pergi mati cepat. It’s freaking true. Check out the website if you want to : http://www.putramedicentre.com.my/

The story goes like this.

She met an accident, not a major one, but she still admitted in ICU. After a few operations, there’s this doctor claimed that she’s alright now, and transfer her back to the NORMAL WAD. When she’s in the normal wad, she keeps complaining how painful is the stomach and she asks to switch to another hospital. I can’t remember what reason was that, but the family members says they will transfer her to another hospital in Penang and see they can find out what’s wrong.

But they’re too late.

She died in a NORMAL WAD! The stupid doctor claimed that it’s because of the heart problem. But wtf, she have no heart problem. So they open her up (I forget what’s the term call, duh) and they found out that, (something is wrong with the stomach, again, I forget what’s the term called) and, a operation can save her live.  LIKE WTF??

It’s seriously like, Pergi Mati Cepat.

However, that’s not my main point here.

Because that’s how life is. We’ll never know what we gonna get.

Whatever that happened, it’s meant to be. We can’t do anything much about it. When problems come, instead of crying/sobbing/whining about it, do something. solve the problem. Because Life is 5% what happens and 95% how you react!

And I do believe that, every tomorrow is a better day.

Cheers.

shaoweii,

I’m not emo


Installation : Parit Buntar Budget Hotel

Don’t know what’s the name Budget Hotel

When I first heard it was a budget hotel, what first came to my mind was something smaller than the Tune Hotel. But I was wrong. So wrong. This new budget hotel in Parit Buntar, Perak is one big building with nice rooms! This 3 storeys building consist of shop lots at the bottom, a shopping market at the first floor and two floors of more than 80 hotel rooms.

One of the room

So I was there, with my dad, to install Public Address (P.A) system for the entire building, CCTV, MATV (Master Antenna Television), telephone system for all the rooms.

Of course we can’t finish it all in one day. It was a almost two hours drive to get there.

When we first got there, all the cables are a mess (as usual) ! The colourful cables you see, are all the ceiling speakers cable coming from all the storeys and back to this control room. The black cables are for the CCTV and MATV. The first thing we do is to sort the cables out. Anyone with basic electronics knowledge should know that you can’t just “simply connect” everything together. For example, every ceiling speakers is connected with two wire, one which is COM (usually black) and 100V (usually red/light color). The COM is like a shield, and the 100V is the “hot” signal which carries the signal.

So each speaker have their own pair (which is a COM, and a 100V, or hot) and those two must be together. Luckily this wiring man did pair them together, else we’ll have a hard time choosing them out! How to choose them out you ask? Well that consume alot of time, or should I say, luck? It’s trial and error, you take this line and the other one and hear if any of the speaker work. Easy as it seems, but here we’re working in a 3 storey (sometimes even more) building and to trace one ceiling speaker, it’s not easy….

Luckily in this case, we don’t have to trace them but we just need to know where does all the lines go to.

We then lay the cable in the conduit where they will then cover it up. As I say, the building have 3 storey and so we’ll usually divide them into different zones, so that a certain announcement/music can only go to a certain zone.

For that, we’ll need a device called the “Zone Selector” Zone selector basically takes the output power from the power amp, and then distribute them to other zones.

In this case, we have a Pre-Amp (like a mixer), a CD Player, microphone, zone selector, 2 power amps, and a battery charger with battery (big batteries I’m talking about) in case if there’s no electricity, the system can run.

The CD player and microphone are patched into the pre amp, and the output of the pre amp goes to the amp. The first amp then loop the signal output to the other amp. And then, both amp’s speakers output are connected to the Zone Selector’s input. Zone Selector’s output then patched to all the different speaker in different zones.

A battery back up? Easy, just hook up all the devices to the battery charger and when there’s no electricity, it will switch to battery power automatically.

I not sure if it might sounds complicated to you, but that’s the most basic system connection in terms of installation.

So there’s how I divide all the zones. Actually it depends on how the wire goes – it depends on how they wire up all the speakers. TO create every single different zones, you need to wire all the speakers separately, where every different zones need to have different wire coming back to the control room, instead of just looping all of the ceiling speakers. Perhaps a diagram would be good to explain all this.. but I’m lazy to draw a diagram….

Usually the process will be very fast, as all the device is pre-installed to the rack before we send them to the venue. The one that takes time probably would be tracing where the wires go and how they wire the whole building. We’re lucky to get a wireman who actually knows what they are doing this time, so that save up alot of time !

That’s probably the simplest connection ever.. I hope I’ll get to do more complicated installation soon. COm’onn I need more challenge !!


shaoweii’s how to : Be a emo blogger

Hi there! I’m very honored to officially release this ‘series’ in my blog called “shaoweii’s how to :”. What does this basically means its another stupid project by me(that probably would only contain one post inside) sharing what I know from making a sandwich to how to be a better person. And in this premiere series, I’ll be showing you how to be a EMO blogger.

Before everything, we’ll have to know, what is “emo”

An entire subculture of people (usually angsty teens) with a fake personality. The concept of Emo is actually a vicious cycle that never ends, to the utter failing of humanity, and it goes something like this:

1. Girls say they like “sensitive guys” (lie)
2. Guy finds out, so he listens to faggy emo music and dresses like a dork so chicks will see that he is sensitive and not afraid to express himself (lie). He dyes his hair black, wraps himself in a stupid looking scarf, develops an eating disorder, and rants about how “nobody understands”.
3. Now an emo guy, he meets Emo chick and they start dating, talking about how their well-off suburban lifestyles are terrible and depressing (lie)
4. Emo guy is just too much of a pussy. His penis is too small, he’s too depressed to bathe, and has more mood swings than emo chick, and he doesn’t even have a menstrual cycle. Emo chick dumps him, saying “It’s not you, it’s me.” (lie) as she drives off with Wayne, the school jock and captain of the football team.
5. Emo guy goes home and cries, proceeds to write a weak song and strum a single string on his acoustic guitar. Another emo chick sees how he is so in touch with his feelings, and the cycle continues.

This is the sad truth of the emo lifestyle/music, and now that I look at how pathetic it really is, maybe the emos DO have something to cry about!

Source : urban dictionary

TO be an emo blogger, first and foremost you’ll need :

  • A blog
  • A very very very very dark blog
  • A very very very very very very very very black background
  • A very contrast text color, probably something like black background and red text
  • *Blood splatters add 10 points extra

You can’t create a emo blog unless you are emo yourself. So to be a successful emo blogger you first need to turn emo. Make sure first meet the following criteria :

  • You must be single
  • You must have a very terrible breakup – i.e : caught cheating red handed, you stab your ex in the chest and ran away
  • You must hate your life and complain about everything – i.e You hate this world, you wonder why are you even born
  • You must never talk and must have a lot of piercing anywhere, as, each of the piercing marks something “important” in your life – i.e : the bad breakups!
  • You must have long hair. Especially guys

So, now that you’re emo, how to be a emo blogger?

  • Instead of stabbing your ex in the chest, the first thing you do after break up is running back home and blog ! Your blog template shall be something like :
  • Dear blog,Sometimes I wonder. I wonder if you ever have your own feeling. Only you understand me the most. (Insert name here) is a bitch. I hope he/she go to hell. It’s been awhile since I talk to you, my dearest blog, even my teddy bear doesn’t talk to me anymore. Oh, only you feel my pain, my heart is as painful as a big monster truck’s big monster tyre hitting the teddy bear and it’s almost as deep as the ocean.*follow by some emo song lyrics
  • And then what you do after you write these post? You Password Protect it! So that no one will read your little secret. (Even if you didn’t password protect it, no one will read anyway) Your password shall be something like (insert name here) is a bit*ch
  • Think of a sad title as if someone died – i.e : Some emo song title/part of the lyrics extract

Now, there is a few types of emo blogger, yes, just like there’s fast food i.e KFC, McD, even though they are fast food but they are still different.

First up we’ll have a “educated” emo blogger.

To be a educated emo blogger you’ll need

  • Very freaking good english with vocabulary that no one will understand unless they sleep with Oxford dictionary everyday
  • Your post never reveals the name of your *victim*
  • You probably protect most of your post
  • Your post is like a novel, that, even when J.K Rowling will row away.
  • Your post is freaking effin long, and yes, again, no one will read.
  • Then you’ll have emo pics (for eg, the angel above) in between your paragraph
  • Your blog skin probably looks better than the next type of emo blogger

Then we’ll have Ah Beng/Ah Lian emo blogger

  • You can’t write proper english
  • Your blog skin is very ugly, full of blood, red, black, red, and black, and more blood.
  • Most of your post probably do not have paragraph, they’re all in one line! For eg
  • Kannineh lumac*i*bai!! WhY u dO thIs tO Me?!@!!!!!!!!!! yOu sAAyy YouU lovEEEE mee BeFoRRE! YoU Say yoU wiLl nEvER lEAVE Me aLonE anD SEe NoW yOu WitH The MoToR BEnG aNND!!! I Is VeRYyy ANGrRYYY OHHHRRHHH!!! WhY dO yoUUu HaVeE to DO this to Me ORhHH!!!! BABEEEE I sTiLL lOve yOUU! yoUU knOw how MISHHHH YOUU?!! hOW aM I gOIng to LIVeE againn!!!! me LOVE you !!!!!!!!
  • You probably trying to kill yourself after that but you never have to balls to do so

Now that you know the basic, it’s time for you to start your own emo blog !

Additional point :

To get additional point,

  • You need to have a facebook, a myspace, a twitter, a tumblr, a formspring, and whatever social media
  • And you need to spam all the status update with emo post as emo as you can. for e.g : I wish I could kill myself.. or f*ck u bi*ch!!! [insert name here]

It’s simple, it’s free, and it’s fun !


Of Jack Neo & His Movies

Speaking of Jack Neo, I think most of the Malaysia do know who he is, right?

Jack Neo Chee-Keong (born 24 January 1960), PBM, credited as Jack Neo on screen, is a Singaporean film and television actor, host and director. He is best known for his cross-dressing roles, as Liang Po-Po (literally: Granny Liang) in the 1999 film Liang Po Po: The Movie and as Liang Ximei in the late 1990s TV show Comedy Night.

Source : wikipedia

Of course, who would forget “Money Not Enough” when it was released in 1998? Wow, i was just 7 that time ! The film is about three friends with various financial struggles, who start a car polishing business together. The story line is so original, and the language is funny, especially during that time (and especially when I’m only 7!)

And then, the Liang Po Po came out in 1999, another one movie that stuck into most of the teenager’s brain (I think? No?). Well maybe just my school lah, everyone was talking about the movie that time. Do you still remember the “wuu wuuu wuu” ? Haha! But, watching that again, I don’t feel funny anymore, maybe the humor just work for that era, or maybe, I’m a grown up already. Anyhow, the movie is still one of the classic from Jack Neo.

And then, also one of Jack Neo’s famous film, “I Not Stupid” released in 2002. That’s one of the movie that touched a lot’s heart and that’s the kind of movie that really speaks out what really happening, among parents and their expectation to their son.

The film portrays the lives, struggles, and adventures of three Primary 6 pupils who are placed in the academically inferior EM3 stream (which, as a result of parliamentary debates following the release of the film, was abolished in 2008). This satirical comedy criticises the Singaporean education system and social attitudes in Singapore, including the competitive kiasu (fear of losing) mentality and over-obedience to authority.

I used to feel so motivated after watched the movie but it only lasts for err.. 2 weeks? Ok maybe just 7 days。:P

Then in 2004 there’s this The Be$t Bet,

The film portrays the lives, struggles and adventures of three friends who are addicted to gambling. They place a joint 4D bet; when they win, one is tempted to keep all the winnings to himself. This satirical comedy touches on gambling addiction and the consequences of one’s actions.

Now in my opinion, that’s where the movie starting to get “lame” instead of funny. There’s still a few funny scene but most of it, I don’t really like it at all.

I not stupid too (2).

I Not Stupid Too portrays the lives, struggles and adventures of three Singaporean youths—15-year-old Tom, his 8-year-old brother Jerry and their 15-year-old friend Chengcai—who have a strained relationship with their parents. The film explores the issue of poor parent-child communication.

TO be honest, I don’t remember any scene from this movie, at all. Maybe it’s …. not interesting??

Just Follow Law (2007)

In the film, a blue-collar technician and the events and promotion department director swap souls after a freak accident at a fictional government agency Work Allocation Singapore (WAS). It presents a satirical look at the inflexibility of outdated governmental rules and regulations and the rigid mindsets of local civil servantswho follow rules to a fault is portrayed.

Actually, another boring, lame, movie.

Ah Long Pte Ltd (2008)

Boring, boring, lame, stupid, not funny, boring story line. But eh, I like the Mini cooper part if you know what I’m talking about. Haha

Money No Enough 2 (2008)
Man.. I’m running out word to write.. because.. there’s nothing interesting about this anymore… NO..

Love Matters (2009)

BORING!!!!

Where got ghost (2009)

This is kinda interesting, The film is made up of three omnibus horror tales laced with Singaporean humour. In sequence, they are “Roadside Got Ghost”“Forest Got Ghost” and “House Got Ghost”. But most of the stuff are, “predicted”

And now, the latest Being Human (2010)

This is such a bigg disappointment, boring story line, boring character, boring jokes, lame jokes, what happened to the original funny Jack Neo?

Or maybe he’s never funny before…

Just my two puluh sen.



Life Update #1

Hello! It’s been awhile since I update this blog, so I think it might be good to update this with what’s happening with my life now. Anyway like anyone care. Well what I have to say so far is, life’s should be good so far.

By the way, do you like my new theme? Nice leh! Haha. Say say say you like it please?

Oh ya! Worked for an India telecommunication company called iDea’s company conference.

The Midas Venice

The famous and awesome L-Acoustic dV-DOSC in action

All of the wireless microphone are in use!

Work was great, but it was tiring. Got called the day before.

“Would you like to come? it’s at Prince Hotel and you can come tonight at 12am. We’ll be setting up for the whole night”

So I went and, yes, everything that he said is true, we really set up for the whole night (it’s normal I guess)

We set up from 12am to 10:30am, and then I get to go back and shower, sleep for 1 hour, feeling so tired physically and mentally, and then off for the event at 1pm again. It was good experience tho !

After that 3 days work I suppose to have another RTM show, but I rejected that and went back hometown, to help out my dad. He have so many projects coming up and luckily I made the right choice. Over here there’s not much experienced worker and most of them do not even know how to set up properly. It’s a government installation project, so I can’t risk it and I’ll have to help my dad out!

That’s why I rejected a few more work coming up for me. I not sure if it’s a good thing, I know, I should have just stay there and just accept all the work that came to me – but hey, I think, helping out my dad is the most important thing I should do, and, chances are always there..

Why am I feeling like “ka ki kong, ka ki song” (meaning say for ownself fun)

ICOM is staring new semester soon! 😦 And I really miss all the fun I had there..

The famous Simon Pose™

The croc, the car, and the sheep 😛

Wow I never knew I’m so childish 😛

Wendy the Pity Pretty & the Toys

Really miss all the fun time! The MML, the people, the dinner after college, the dinner after recording, One Stop Cafe, ahhh, 😦 Well, never mind, life goes on, right? But I still miss the time lah……

And hey !

I’m going to Universal Studio !

It already sounds fun by just saying it, right? Haha. Hope I don’t have any work on August 1 tho.

Hey! Don’t kill Mr. Octopus please. Although I admit that I’m not a football fan, and yes, why do I care eh? Don’t care lah. Haha

Guys, check out Wong Fu Productions! With just 3 guys the stuff that they can do is really.. amazing! See that’s the kind of thing that make me really really wanted to do video… Haha.. Maybe I should start………..

And oh, check out their new web series, “Funemployed” that’s so so nice 🙂

I think lately I’m very outdated, I never watch Karate Kid, A-Team, Toy Story, and whatever. Wah! Who wanna date me for movie? 😦

Don’t know what else to write anymore…

Till next time,

shaoweii

dear blog


Finding Your Calling : Discovering Your Vocation

Your True Vocation=Your Gifts+Your Passion

As we’ve discussed so far, your calling is not one specific magical job out there, but rather your unique talents, gifts, and capabilities-the things within you that you bring to a job. Thus, different jobs can tap into your vocation to different degrees. A job may use your gifts 50% of the time or 90% of the time. Finding your true vocation means finding work that utilizes your gifts in the 75-100% range. How do you go about doing that?

I think this “formula” is helpful:

True Vocation=Your Gifts+Your Passion

You can be in a job where you get to use your gifts, but not use them for a purpose you feel passionate about. Or you can be working in an area you’re passionate about, but in a job that doesn’t employ your unique gifts. The ideal is to have a job that uses your talents in the service of something you’re passionate about. Here are some examples of what this could look like for a man:

  • David’s gifts are for inspiring people and leadership, and his passion is for football. His true vocation might be becoming a football coach.
  • Joe’s gifts are in teaching and researching, and his passion is history. His true vocation might be becoming a history professor.
  • Dan’s gifts are in resolving disputes, and his passion is for making divorces more amicable for the partners and easier on kids. His true vocation might be becoming a divorce lawyer who concentrates on peaceful mediation.
  • Alex’s gifts are in investigating things, and his passion is for animals and the outdoors. His true vocation might be becoming a game warden.
  • Tyler’s gifts are in selling things and making deals, and his passion is for books. His true vocation might be becoming a literary agent.
  • Blake’s gifts are in crunching numbers, and his passion is for politics. His true vocation might be becoming the state treasurer.
  • Dave’s gifts are in language, and his passion is for Japan and Japanese culture. His true vocation might be becoming a translator in Japan.

You might be passionate about a cause, an area of the world, a sport, or a product. But you can also be passionate about a lifestyle or an ideal or a tradition. A man who has a gift for fixing things and working with his hands, might be passionate about the idea of craftsmanship and find his vocation as a carpenter. A man who has a gift for cutting hair, giving shaves, and offering easy conversation, and a passion for the tradition of barbering, should easily know what his vocation is! A man whose father and grandfather were police officers and who is passionate about carrying on the family tradition would do well to follow in their footsteps. A man whose gifts are in entrepreneurship and who is passionate about working at home might find his vocation in developing web projects. A man with gifts for leadership and courage and who is passionate about the ideals of country, service, and sacrifice might find his true vocation in the military.

Finding Your Birthright Gifts

Of course in order to use the above “formula,” you need to know the passions and capabilities to plug into it.

As we discussed in Part I, your “birthright gifts” are your unique talents, gifts, capabilities, and purposes-the seeds of things you were born to do. You may believe that the seeds were planted there by the chances of biology or purposefully by God. And they’re not so much things you seek as things you rediscover.

In Let Your Life Speak, Parker J. Palmer argues:

“Vocation does not come from willfulness. It comes from listening. I must listen to my life and try to understand what it is truly about-quite apart from what I would like it to be about-or my life will never represent anything real in the world, no matter how earnest my intentions…..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 if I am living my own life.”

Trying to find your true life’s work without understanding what your birthright gifts are is like trying to grow a garden without any idea of what seeds have been planted in the soil. You wouln’t know how to bring the seeds to fruition-how much water and sunlight the plants needed and how to care for them. Tending to the garden willy nilly would result in a barren harvest or plants that sprouted haphazardly and then quickly wilted away.

Finding your vocation thus means understanding exactly what seeds lie within you so that you are prepared to cultivate them to their fullest expression.

Tuning Into Your Signal

Your birthright gifts are like tiny radio transmitters that came buried within you when you were born and have been sending out signals ever since. As a kid you were probably very in tune with these signals-knowing what you liked and didn’t like came pretty easily.

But over time, the signal gets dimmer and dimmer, smothered by the increasing noise we’re bombarded with as we grow up. We pick up static everywhere we go-from the things we watch on tv, read in magazines, and hear from ministers, parents, and friends. Pretty soon our own signal, lost in a cacophony of voices, gets hard to hear.

Tuning back into this inner signal is the key to finding your vocation. Dr. Abraham Maslow argued:

“Recovering the self must, as a sine qua non, include the recovery of the ability to have and to cognize these inner signals, to know what and whom one likes and dislikes, what is enjoyable and what is not, when to eat and when not to, when to sleep, when to urinate, when to rest. The experientially empty person, lacking these directive from within, these voices of the real self, must turn to outer cues for guidance, for instance eating when the clock tells him to, rather than obeying his appetite…He guides himself by clocks, rules, calendars, schedules, agendas, and by hints and cues from other people.”

So much of our lives are dictated by external cues that we probably don’t even think about it. We wake up not when our bodies want to but when the alarm clock sounds. We eat lunch at noon and pizza while watching the game not because we’re necessarily hungry but because that is our company’s lunch hour and our game day ritual. We match our mood to the mood of whatever social group we find ourselves in. Our day’s activities come not from the heart but from a to-do list. There are men who if you gave them the day off to do whatever they wished, would be stumped as to how to fill the time.

Following some external signals is key to getting along in the world (showing up in a velvet jumpsuit to a job interview may be what your inner signal longs for, but it probably won’t land you the job). But they also end up distancing ourselves from who we actually are in areas of more importance than dress. Like your vocation.

Tuning into our inner signals need not mean traveling to India to study yoga at an ashram. It’s simply a matter of taking the time to carefully adjust our bunny ears until we hear the signal again loud and clear. This simply involves taking some time out for quiet moments of reflection.
As Palmer insightfully put it:

“The soul is like a wild animal-tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient, and yet exceedingly shy. If we want to see a wild animal, the last thing we should do is to go crashing through the woods, shouting for the creature to come out. But if we are willing to walk quietly into the woods and sit silently for an hour or two at the base of the tree, the creature we are waiting for may well emerge, and out of the corner of an eye we will catch a glimpse of the precious wildness we seek.”

Stop multitasking and filling your life with constant noise. Don’t look at your laptop while you eat; don’t turn on the radio the minute you get in the car; don’t read a magazine when you’re on the john. If you allow them space, the signals will come  to you during your most ordinary activities, like washing the dishes.

Work on being honest with yourself about your motivations for doing the things you do. Do you really enjoy x,y, and z, or are you doing those things to please other people? You can do things for pleasure or do things out of obligation, but you should have the self-awareness to know when you’re doing which.

Pray. Meditate. Take walks without your ipod. Make time for activities that quiet and settle the mind.

Taking the time to tune into your inner signals will help your personal growth all around. To specifically hone in on the signal of your birthright gifts and passions, set aside some quiet time to just sit and think. I highly recommend getting out into the wilderness where you are sure not to be distracted. And then ask yourself these questions:

  • As a boy, what did you love to do? Write? Read? Sports? Working on models? Playing with a chemistry set? Spending time outdoors? Pretending to be a solider or a spy?
  • During school group projects, what job did other students assign to you, or did you volunteer for?
  • What aspects of your current job do you love, which do you loathe?
  • What kinds of projects and jobs at work and at home do you get excited about? What kinds do you dread?
  • Have you ever talked to a friend about a topic, a dream, or an aspiration and everything just clicked inside of you, and you felt a surge of excitement throughout your body?
  • What things do you see other people doing that make you ache with jealousy because you wish you were doing them?
  • What issues get you really fired up?
  • What dream has nagged at you for as long as you can remember, the thing that always pops into your mind no matter how many times you dismiss it?
  • What fills your thoughts in the quiet moments when you’re riding the train or lying in bed? What do you think about incessantly, what captures your imagination? Politics? Spirituality? Relationships?
  • If time, money, education and any other obstacle was a non-issue, what kind of work would you choose to do?
  • What were you doing the last time you totally lost track of time?

I leave you to ponder on these questions. I think the answers will come clearly for most men. And I believe that most men know deep down what their calling is, what they really wish to do in life. The truly hard part is overcoming the obstacles and rationalizations we have for not following our callings. Explaining what these obstacles are will be the topic of the final part of this series.

 

Source : http://artofmanliness.com/2010/06/13/finding-your-calling-part-iv-discovering-your-vocation/