How to Rediscover Your Passion & Light Your Inner Flame

Find Out Why Your Passion or Mojo is Missing & How to Get it Back with Greg Levoy, Best-Selling Author of Vital Signs & Callings, writer for NY Times Magazine, Washington Post, USA Today & Reader’s Digest.

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Remember when you were kid how you wanted to be a explorer, or  an astronaut, or a pilot flying around the world? Then somewhere along the lines, you either forgot, or were told to stop dreaming and get serious, and you left the world of dreams and passions behind entering a pragmatic life of compromise. If this sounds familiar, then do we have the show for you.

Today we’re interviewing Greg Levoy. Greg is the best-selling author of Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion and Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life. He is a former “behavioral specialist” writer for USA Today, and a regular blogger for Psychology Today. He’s written for the NY Times magazine, Washington post, and  Readers Digest among many others.  

Today we’re going to talk about rediscovering who you are, and who you were meant to be. We’ll look at where your energy’s draining out, how to take stock, and where to put your focus. Most importantly, we’ll help you change how you relate to the world so you can rekindle your inner flame.


Key Topics:

  • Why you must reconnect with what is wild in you!
  • Why we’re constantly negotiating between passion and security
  • Why society is so fear averse – i.e. Warning Labels
  • Why we must give ourselves non-work modes of expression (art, music, sports etc)
  • How to find your passion again

    • Ask yourself, what part of the book store do you go to first?
  • Why we can all benefit from a mortality meditation and learning about death in order to fully live
    • Study: Almost everyone told less than 6 months to live were liberated in very profound ways!
  • How learning about death can keep us from being trapped by life
  • Compromise and ignoring passions and nature may be the reason people have most heart-attacks at 9 AM on Monday mornings
  • Why you must do what makes your heart sing
  • Why you must reclaim your soul, spirit, energy, or mojo
  • Most important question: “what does my soul want today?”
  • Progress happens in the “to do” list of life
  • Deciding between the brake or accelerator, that’s where the work is in the world
  • Everything in life becomes a mindfulness exercise
  • Begin to acknowledge where you lose energy and vitality
  • Take an inventory of where your energy dribbles out
  • Use the inventory so you can change your habits and your focus
  • Try to surround yourself with people who shine
  • Connect with people who are living out loud
  • Be gentle with yourself
  • Give yourself time
  • Have self-compassion
  • Don’t beat yourself up because you don’t live up to your potential
  • Remember – stuff hitting the fan isn’t bad, it’s part of the path, not opposed to the path


Gregg Levoy has presented lectures and seminars for the Smithionian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft, National Conference on Positive Aging, American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and others, and been a frequent guest of the media, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.
A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, and former columnist and reporter for USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Reader’s Digest, and many others.


Gregg Levoy Online: Website | Facebook

Books by Gregg Levoy:

Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion

Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life


Other References: 

Robert Greenway – father of Eco-pyschology, “Civilization is thousands of years old but only four days deep.”

Thomas Merton – “to make an important decision consult your death”

A Mythic Life: Learning to Live our Greater Story by Jene Houston


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Transform Your Life Through a Modern Day Vision Quest (Hannah Papp, The Mystical Backpacker)

How to Reach Your Peak Potential (An Interview with CJ Liu)


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