Be A Waker


“A waker is someone who is very good at waking other people up from their metaphorical slumber, temporary or otherwise.” – Hugh MacLeod

So, are you? A waker I mean.

I am.

I look back at my life and remember all the times I just had to rock the boat and wake people up.

Being a waker had me leave the 9-5 world and become a coach, a job that actually pays me to wake people up.

Life’s funny like that.

But being a waker isn’t necessarily an easy path in life.

As Hugh MacLeod says,

A waker reminds you on a constant basis,  just how alive you really are….And there’s something about their influence that makes you utterly unable to go back to “sleep” ever again, in spite of your best efforts.”

Think about it. . .a lot of people don’t want to be woken up. Waking up takes courage and it’s so much easier to keep your head down and play it safe.

Sometimes. . .not often, but there are moments. . .I wish I could go back to those days of being less conscious, less awake.

But not really.

I am what I am, a waker.

I think you are too. But you might be hiding it.

Hiding your light and playing it safe.

But life needs you.

It needs more wakers; more of you to own who you really are.

I get it.

It’s not always easy. Others might have a hard time with it.

Who the hell do you think you are to be waking people up?

Why do you have to rock the boat?

Sit yourself down; quit stirring things up.

And so on.

Those comments and opinions threaten your aliveness.

Ignore them as best you can and wake up anyway.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

Come alive. 

It’s what you’re here for.