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The Job offer you’ve been waiting for by Misha Lyuve

Feb 22, 2013
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

-Khalil Gibran “The Prophet”

Recently I made a recommendation to read Erich Fromm’s “The Art of Loving” daily out loud to yourself or your love interest. Fromm talks about misconceptions of love in the modern culture: love is perceived as an irrational phenomenon that one “falls into” once the “right” object is found – versus a human capacity that can be developed and brought into an art form.

That made me think about jobs and careers. By virtue of my work, volunteer activities and social endeavors, I am connected to thousands of people. I hear a lot “I am not in the right job”, “my career is not meaningful”, “this is not it, but I don’t know what I should be doing.” I’ve heard this from a wide crowd of very capable and many successful people. All these statements usually carry a taste of resignation – it sounds like this issue has been lingering with them for a while with no resolution.

Underneath that resignation there is a belief that some place there should be this perfect job for them to “fall into” that will keep them satisfied forever. This belief is much similar to our misconceptions of romantic love described by Fromm.


Now here is the good news. I think I discovered this meaningful satisfying job you’ve been searching for ages. They are accepting applications as we speak. Here is a description of The Job’s main responsibilities:

1. be great at all times
2. be responsible for people around you living great lives
3. leave the world today better than it was yesterday

You can do The Job at all times anywhere, whether you sit in a cubicle or a corner office, work for a corporation or self, standing in line in Starbucks or putting your kids to bed, taking out the garbage or having a drink at a party.

Congratulations! Your application has been accepted; you are a perfect candidate for The Job. You could start immediately; however, before you make a commitment to it, I suggest a one-day trial. Here are the rules:

- Don’t change a single thing in you routine
- Do The Job
- Report results to me

Are you in?

If you find The Job rewarding, please share what happened – don’t forget that this is a part of The Job. If you think that you are failing or need support in your new Job – talk to me, so I can do my Job.

What I Want for my Birthday by Misha Lyuve

Feb 15, 2013

My  birthday is coming up. Some of you might be wondering what I want for my birthday. A good friend that I am, I will make it easy for you and tell you exactly what it is:

to raise $1,000,000 for Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO)

through the sales of my album ARE WE READY and donations.

I feel your kindness every moment: with your sweet words about my music, videos and blog posts, your generous comments, likes and reposts on facebook, retweets, every dollar you gave for the cause – all this is the best fuel for my inspiration and when I am inspired anything is possible.

If you ever decide to give a dollar to charity, consider this: There is no more vulnerable and uncared for population in the world than orphans. Being one is like living in a natural disaster on a daily basis without knowing it. Orphans require nurturing and a community to become empowered members of their society. This is what WWO does – masterfully, courageously and committedly.

As my birthday gift I am asking for your partnership in raising $1,000,000. Here are some ideas:

Be outrageous: Buy a dozen of my albums. Give them away to your friends. Tell them about ARE WE READY and the $1,000,000 game. Have them do same.

If you are a business owner or work in an office – buy thirty of my CDs. I will give you an awesome flyer and WWO brochures. Your customers are bored when you talk about your business and the weather. They will be thrilled to hear from you about music and orphans, and will gladly support us. Trust me.

Be Fundraising Hero. Take on raising $500, $1,000, $10,000 or $100,000 – did you see the latest rewards on Razoo? Call people you know. Especially the ones for whom $1,000,000 is not a big deal. If it’s your or your child’s birthday, take donations as gifts. Or organize an event – I will sing there; if you don’t like my singing (I won’t hold this against you), let’s have someone else sing.

Connect me. With bloggers, journalists, TV and radio hosts, DJ’s and people of influence. And if you are the one with an audience that extends beyond your cat – interview me, write about the $1,000,000 game, invite me to your show. In other words, make Oprah jealous.

If you are a YES to one or more of these propositions, their variations or you have your own, TALK TO ME.

If you think that all this is a good idea, but too much trouble – I am making two promises. First: I will train you to talk about my music, Worldwide Orphans Foundation and the $1,000,000 game as effortlessly as you complain about the weather – but with much more impact. Second: Your life will be enriched. It will blossom. You will be blown away by human generosity. You will have profound unimaginable conversations. People will surprise you. Your life will not be the same. I promise. TALK TO ME.

If all of the above options fail, it’s easy: I love chocolate, the darker the better. Happy upcoming birthday to me!


Misha Lyuve: Are We Ready

Are We Ready - Misha Lyuve

Apology and alternatives by Misha Lyuve

Feb 12, 2013

Love isn’t something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn’t a feeling, it is a practice.” ― Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

I used to be a Valentine’s day hater. In fact, I might owe you an apology, since I considered those who celebrate it pathetic losers. I am sorry. Now I acknowledge that any reminder of expression of love has value. And as far as I am concerned, every day should carry spirit of thanks-giving and loving. Even though I still can’t stand most commercial aspects of the Valentine’s day, it has its opportunities.

So I say – screw red roses, heart-shaped chocolates and synthetic teddy bears. Here are a few alternatives for Valentine’s day agenda, whether you’re a single or a couple:

Watch “Amour”, a French movie about a retired couple that explores their relationship and love through a chain of events in their lives. This movie doesn’t boast sexy scenes nor will it leave you warm and fuzzy. But if you want to learn about love and human’s capacity for it, watch this movie. Apart from the depth of the exploration and masterful acting, “Amour” is likely have you ponder, in a very practical way, on important and mostly unavoidable questions of living

Go on a wild adventure of exploring “The Art of Loving” by a social philosopher Erich Fromm. “Is love an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort.” It’s a thin book, but I am not at all suggesting you read it in one sitting, instead read a few pages a day, preferable out loud whether to yourself or to your love interest, savor it.

And lastly (I am warning you that I might not be the most objective judge here), if you don’t have time for movies and don’t like to read books, I am offering you the best possible Valentine’s gift ever and an easy way to put a smile on someone’s face or warm their heart.  Share love, share this video.

Love is awesome, Love is precious, Love is gay

Love song video! by Misha Lyuve

Feb 8, 2013

Watch it! Love it! Share it!

Song is written by Misha Lyuve. Performed by Misha Lyuve and Misha Tis. Accompaniment Alexander Alabin. Video mastermind and editor Zao Wang.

We are available to bring the love song to your in person for your public and private occasions. All proceeds go to Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) – contact

Amour by Michael Haneke by Misha Lyuve

Feb 8, 2013

Beautiful, intense, confronting life and death, love.