Joseph Campbell on following your bliss

Joseph Campbell

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.
Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.


The adventure is its own reward — but it’s necessarily dangerous, having both negative and positive possibilities, all of them beyond control.
We are following our own way, not our daddy’s or our mother’s way…


There’s something inside you that knows when you’re in the center, that knows when you’re on the beam or off the beam.
And if you get off the beam to earn money, you’ve lost your life.
And if you stay in the center and don’t get any money, you still have your bliss.

— Joseph Campbell 1

Notes:
1 Maria Popova, How to Find Your Bliss: Joseph Campbell on What It Takes to Have a Fulfilling Life, Brain Pickings, 9 April 2015. (Accessed 17 March 2016)

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Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. He shares his reading, book reviews, and learning on his personal blog.

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