Here are some steps to determine what you are truthfully pursuing in life. Try to answer in less than 20 seconds, with the first thing that comes to mind. You might be surprised.
1. WHAT MAKES YOU LOSE TRACK OF TIME?
I know there’s a reason there are some things I absolutely enjoy doing and can get lost in such activities. It’s a great mystery, but sometimes the minutes sneak by. By hurrying the result or wanted outcome (to make it happen) sometimes I stop being in the present.
I eventually realized that I never feel rushed when I am writing, reading, or painting. No matter how long it takes me to scan a short chapter, or a long one, it doesn’t matter the length as long as I am enjoying the read.
2. WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
It might be children’s laughter, dogs playing, music, swimming, or some other passion. I pursued a good career in the retail facility industry with countless long hours for many years. While it was rewarding to work for a great company, somewhere along the way, I recognized I was not pursuing my passions.
What made me most happy was helping people grow, discover and understand what true happiness is. When I realized a pattern of how much I enjoyed writing, teaching and influencing people to be more connected with their true selves, I was more focused and fulfilled.
3. IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE ANY BILLS TO PAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
The choices are plenty, and can be fun to think about. But to be really happy, it’s critical to realize what your driving force is. It will become much easier to make choices based on what you know your true desire is.
4. WHEN YOU ARE OLD, WHAT WILL MATTER THE MOST?
Climbing that career ladder, chasing rainbows, or trying to taste that pie in the sky might seem important now. You’ve given your all to survive and obtain what you have and who you are now to this point. But it is a powerful question to ask yourself how deeply it will touch people in 20 or 30 or 40 years from now. A plaque on the wall is a nice thing, but it’s probably not the best thing in life to be remembered for.
I’d like to be remembered as a friendly, living, loving, genuine person full of cheerfulness and enthusiasm. An award or job title doesn’t commemorate that.
5. WHAT ARE YOU REALLY AFTER?
Honestly ask yourself, what are you getting when you cross the finish line of this current race? Make certain it is in tune with your true desires.
Raised in San Antonio, Jack Dennis’ early experiences were as a newspaper reporter and private investigator. With a Texas State University bachelor’s degree, Jack studied journalism, education and psychology. He was the founding vice-president of Sigma Delta Chi, the Association of Professional Journalists at the University. Jack has received numerous awards, including Investigative Reporter of the Year from Rocky Mountain Press Association, David Ashworth Community Award, and Leadership in Management.
Some of the people and groups Jack has interviewed include:
Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, George Strait, Roy Orbison, Justin Timberlake, Steven Tyler, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Steve Wariner, Tanya Tucker, Scotty Moore, Fats Domino, Patty Page, Tommy Roe, Emmy Lou Harris, Johnny Rivers, Charly McClain, Kinky Friedman, John McFee, Guy Allison & Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers) , Randy Bachman (BTO), Jim Messina, Todd Rundgren, Alvin Lee, Gary Puckett, The Ventures, Freddy Cannon, Augie Meyer, Christopher Cross, Whiskey Myers, Sha Na Na (John “Bowzer” Baumann), Flash Cadillac, Jerry Scheff, John Wilkinson, Darrell McCall, and more.
Politicians & News
George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Greg Abbott, Rudolph Giuliani, Larry King, Jack Anderson, Tom Bradley, Connie Mack, and more.
Clint Eastwood, Mike Myers, Taylor Lautner, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Lewis, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, Selena Gomez, Tippi Hedren, James Earl Jones, James Woods, Jim Nabors, Martha Raye, Rosalind Russell, June Lockhart, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Howie Mandel, Meg Ryan, Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, James Drury, Melanie Griffith, Nathan Lane, Alan Thicke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Clint Howard, Tony Sirico, Cesar Romero, Michael Berryman, Tracy Scoggins, William Windom, Warren Stevens and more.
Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Wally Schirra, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gene Kranz (NASA Flight Director), Ed Mitchell, Richard Gordon, Bruce McCandless, Vanentina Treshkova (first woman in space, Russia), Alex Leonov (first man to walk in space, Russian), Al Worden, Dee O’Hara (nurse to astronauts) and more.
Sports: Joe Torre, Roger Staubach, Bob Hayes, Billie Jean King, Manuela Maleeva, Drew Pearson, Bob Lilly, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, George Gervin, Tony Parker, Shannon Miller, Cathy Rigby, Bruce Bowen, Wade Boggs, Fernando Valenzuela, Bernie Kosar, Dale Murphy, Jim Abbott, Dick Bartell, Mike Schmidt, Dan Pastorini and more.
May Pang, Bob Eubanks, Vernon Presley, Vester Presley, Charlie Hodge, Joe Esposito, Rick Stanley (Elvis’ step-brother, Harold Lloyd (Elvis’ first cousin), Doyle Brunson, Kara Peller, Hank Meijer, Norman Brinkler, Stanley Marcus, Jerry King, Mac King, Nathan Burton, Zach Anner, Louie Anderson, Owen Benjamin, Steve Byrne and more.
As head of Facilities for a major retailer (H-E-B Food/Drugs) for 20 years, Jack co-founded Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) and was elected President to establish PRSM magazine. Jack is a writer, speaker, golf-concierge and happiness coach. He has researched and studied happiness for over 40 years.
Jack was a prolific writer for Examiner.com, with over 1,900 articles written in six years. His articles and stories have appeared in AXS Entertainment, The ROWDY Country Music, Memphis Flash, and numerous magazines.
He is author of “Miracles of Justice,” a true courtroom drama novel about social injustice and miracles.