About SlingingtheBull.com

Image of the author of SlingingtheBull.com--Doug Eikermann.

As I grow older, I am increasingly aware of my need not only to fulfill myself professionally and socially but also to seek a quality life. My participation in the legal and corporate worlds has taught me a lot about what a quality life is not, and after years of working in those environments, I have concluded that success is defined not by position or money, but rather by one’s pursuit of a better life.

When I was young, my father encouraged me to develop an avocation along with my vocation. He preached that the best of all lives includes the fulltime practice of one’s avocation. The ideal was to turn the avocation into a vocation, thus dramatically enhancing one’s quality of life.

Life seems to be about two things—helping others and following dreams. Many people reach out to help others, but with respect to following their dreams, most are waylaid by school, jobs, marriage, children, parental care, illnesses, fear, and procrastination. Sadly, the dreams are put on hold, sometimes indefinitely.

Through SlingingtheBull.com, I want to help people improve the quality of their lives while they await opportunities to pursue their dreams. I plan to encourage folks to study hard and dive into new endeavors with the full expectation of success. It’s never too late to follow your dream, and I intend to become that concept’s wildest cheerleader.

I also want to develop a forum for the expression of my own caprice. In 2000, I published a novel, and in 2001, a nonfiction book. My dream was to become a writer, and those minor successes gave me the incentive I needed to continue developing my craft. Since then, I’ve generated several manuscripts that I’ve been unable to place with publishers, but I have not lost faith.

My caprice comes in the form of other writings that I’ve created along the way that may never see the light of day unless I have a reason to polish them to a level fit for publication. SlingingtheBull.com gives me that reason, and I sincerely hope that readers enjoy these short stories and essays.

SlingingtheBull.com is a blog written by a writer-author-blogger-lawyer-athlete-cook-traveler-carpenter-farmer-reader-linguist-artist-salsa dancer-hack musician who wants to help people advance the quality of their lives and who desires to express himself in an open forum. I hope you enjoy it.

Doug Eikermann

 
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8 comments… add one

  • Beverly Allen Keller December 14, 2010 at 6:43 pm edit

    Absolutely love this article! Very well done, in my opinion. What are the names of your two books?

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  • Duende December 14, 2010 at 7:20 pm edit

    Thank you, Beverly. The links to the books are in the left-hand column of the blog, but you’ll have to scroll up from here to see them. Thanks again for your comment. I hope you’ll return to read more.

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  • Sue Matney February 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm edit

    I totally agree with what you have written. About a year ago, my life took a turn and I found myself no longer a part of the 9 to 5 workforce. It wasn’t a direction I had chosen, but one I was pushed into. As I looked for another job, I found myself questioning if I really wanted to continue that 9 to 5 drudgery. I was asking myself, what was I really meant to do and in what direction God wants me to go. At this point in my life I too find it more important to seek quality of life that only comes from doing what one was meant to do.

    A friend directed me to Dan Miller’s website called “48 Days”. Dan says, “Before you can move toward “work you love” or “relationships you love” or a “life you love” you need to understand yourself. I tell people that 85% of the process of moving forward in the right direction comes from looking inward first.” He has a personality test that helps define your personality trait. I took the test and it defined me to a “T”. As I use the tools available on his website, I will hopefully understand myself more and make decisions about my future that will enhance my quality of life.

    I’m thinking that a big part of the search is finding out what I don’t want to do as much as what I want to do. Sometimes we take a step in a direction just to find out that, nope that’s not what I want to do and stop and take a different direction. At the present, I have chosen the direction of being self-employed as a virtual legal assistant. I am my own boss and work from home, which I love.

    This past year I have been working hand in hand with an attorney (which I previously worked with at a major law firm) reviewing and preparing lease documents. I can work from home or on the road as my husband and I travel. If you had told me over a year ago that I would soon be pursuing this venture I would say you were crazy. I would never leave a well-paying job with good benefits with a fortune 500 company to do what I am doing today. However, God had different plans for me and set the wheel in motion to force me in this direction, and I am sooooo glad he did. We tend to get comfortable in our life style, our job, our relationships, and refuse to step outside our comfort zone, so God, pushes us out the plane door, so to speak, and we jump into the unknown finding out that God has provided us with a parachute and we manage to land on our feet to find out that this part of the world is not so bad after all.

    So far, I am happy with my direction but I know I still must continue the search for quality of life because as I grow older, I know that my world as I live it changes and therefore I need to be willing to change. Sorry for rambling on, but it’s the way I roll. Thank you for your website and sharing your experiences and insight. Keep up the good work. You are for sure helping others by revealing a part of yourself and the things you have come to know because of the life you have lived.

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  • Duende February 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm edit

    Thank you, Sue, for your insightful and inspiring comment. Working for yourself is indeed marvelous, and I’m delighted that you have shared your experience here. Life is about many things, and one of them seems to be learning to adapt to changing circumstances. Most of us like to stay in our comfort zones, and stepping into new roles is difficult. I’m still working on learning how to adapt to the new world that presents itself to me every day. Congratulations on your success in doing precisely that.

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  • Evan April 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm edit

    Hi, I came here through seeing your article in CommentLub on Andrew Rondeau’s blog.

    I was attracted because it was about personal development and also takes account of social issues like globablisation. This is all too rare in self development blogs I think.

    I’d like to see a photo of you to give me more a sense of personal connection, but understand if you feel this breaches your privacy.

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    • duende44 April 30, 2011 at 10:56 am edit

      Hi Evan! Thank you for your comment. Your site is excellent–congratulations! The globalization issue is interesting indeed, and I would like to write more articles about it. You’re correct that I need to put a photo on the blog, and I’ve been meaning to do so for some time. I’ve been putting it off, because something more pressing always seems to be in the foreground. Thanks again, and have a good weekend!

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  • Denise August 2, 2013 at 7:39 am edit

    Your sister told me about your blog, and I have just begun zooming around a bit. It looks great, and I am already intrigued by some of your past posts’ titles (say that 10 times, real fast). I look forward to reading more!

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    • Doug Eikermann August 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm edit

      It’s great to hear from you, Denise! I look forward to reading your comments on some of the articles and stories. Thanks for stopping by.

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