Podcast 532: Maura Sweeney: Spreading Happiness Across The World
If you go back and listen to episode 473 of Join Up Dots you will hear an open and frank discussion with Jim Sweeney.
During the recording he spoke passionately about his amazing wife and the work she was doing, so its with delight that we now have her on the show.
So lets give you a bit of background formation about her, and what she is doing on life.
From the early part of her career she was in the words of one of her friend “Groomed” for success.
She was setting out on a path towards being a lawyers
As she says “The master plan (which certainly sounds good on its surface) would entail my following in my late grandfather’s footsteps to become a New Jersey lawyer. For a girl born in the late ’50s, it was somewhat ambitious and even professionally affirming.
There were just two problems: 1) I didn’t want to practice law and 2) I didn’t want to live in New Jersey.
Though I could have easily articulated the second (negative) goal, the first negative goal was a bit more complex. Why didn’t I want to practice law? Simply put, I had neither passion nor vision for the profession. When laid against my inward leanings, it translated to me as a solitary, rigid and uninspired career.
Despite trying to please those around me and stay true to the instruction manual that would get me to this supposed life goal as a New Jersey lawyer, I became increasingly dis-spirited. The more I moved through the law school process the more “dead” I felt.”
And haven’t most of us felt that at one time or another, simply going through the motions.
Waiting for each weekend to free us up from the life we are living?
Well today’s guest has done just that and now calls herself the Ambassador of Happiness, on a mission to help ignite the worlds on personal happiness.
She has books, podcasts, courses and the worlds biggest smile to share everywhere?
So does she think that she could have gone through the Law degree and found some kind of happiness in the role, or did she need to do a 360.
And where is her greatest source of happiness now she is surrounded by it?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Maura Sweeney
During the show we discussed such weighty subjects with Maura Sweeney such as:
How she recalls being told as a five year old that she would be lawyer when she was grown up, but actually deep down knew that she wanted the job of sharing ideas and passions.
Why the true power for starting a business is working from the process of Give, Give, Give.
How she remembers being half the way through law school, and feeling heavy with feeling of impending doom.
How there is something about the inner dream which is the real life support system for the outer dream.