Find Your Path In Life

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Tools needed to find your path.

Welcome to our Find Your Path In Life Series. Get out your opposable thumbs and create the life you dream of! Doug and I are doing it, and you can join us on the journey. Throw yourself into the exercises and thought gymnastics that we present, and figure out what you really want from life.

Do you visualize a brick wall when you wonder, “What am I going to do for a living?”, or “Now what?” ? Don’t worry, we did too. I had brick imprints on my forehead until we discovered our inner monkey sense.

These posts are written as step by step exercises. Start with number one and proceed from there. See? It’s easy! Read our ramblings, look at our example work and then read the exercise at the end of each post. Write down whatever the exercise suggests. Study your own writings. You’ll be surprised at the insight you’ll gain when you allow yourself to write things out. Words become reality.

Doug and I are striking out on our own. We’re asking tough questions of ourselves, and sharing the answers. We’ll give you the framework to ask yourself the same questions, and gain insight into what will make you content.

Come on, grab a machete and clear away some mental brush. We’ll provide the sledgehammer later, once you find the brick wall…

Define your “youhood”. Get to know the real you. Find monkey contentment. Who knows, you may even smile…

Save your exercises. We’re going to build up a body of your own writings and musings that will direct you towards happiness and monkey contentment!

Find Your Path In Life Exercises

1-What Do I Want To Be When I’m Big?

Monkeys have trouble reading maps...

Monkeys have trouble reading maps…

2-What Do I Want To Be When I’m Big, Part 2

3- I’m Big, Now What?

4- I’m Still Me!

5- Imagine You…

6- Talk With The Future You.

7- Monkey Love.

8- Whatcha Got Already?

9- Whatcha Got Already, Part 2.

10- Oh Oh Times.

11- What Shape Is Your Conflict?

12- Oh No, It’s Ended! (Yes! It’s Begun!)

13- Did You Bring Your Map?

14- Did You Bring Your Map, Part 2?

15- Did You Bring Your Map, Part 3?

16- Who Lives Inside Your Head?

17- I’ll Show You!

18- To The Other Critics (Yes You).

19- Criticism Isn’t you.

20- What Do You Desire?

21- THIS Is Who I Am.

22- Am I Going In The Right Direction?

23- Be Brave, Little Monkey.

24- Make A decision And Run!

25- Monkeys To The Rescue!

26- Climbing A Different Tree.

27-Monkeys In The Classroom?

28- Persistence Of The Monkeys…

29- Persistent Anti-Persistence Persistently Persists!

30- Interview With The Roadblocks.

31- Gratitude Is The New Monkey Attitude.

32- Enlightened Monkey Knows Himself.

33- Complaints And Unfulfilled Needs.

34- Wishes Are Unfulfilled Needs.

35- Unexpected Change Reveals Character And Talent.

36- Doing What You Love To Reach Contentment.

37 Anxiety Means New Opportunities Are Approaching!

38- What Is Your Work Style?

39- Have You Ever Had A Career Path?

40- Do Your Past Job Skills Point To Something New?

41-You Gotta Love What You Do.

42- Reevaluate Your Work.

43- What Do You Wish Your Life To Be?

44- What Would You Be Doing If You Didn’t Have To Work?

45- Disorder In Life And Back Again.

46- Rules Of Life?

47- The Rules Have Changed. You Should Too.

48- It’s Not Always Rainbows And Sunshine.

49- Creatively Or Routine? How Is Your Life Lived?

50- Straying Off The Beaten Path.

51- What You Were Taught About Success Is Wrong.

52- Define Success For Yourself.

53- Success Means Different Things For Different People.

54- How Are You Programmed?

55- What Plans Have You Made?

56-What Do You Have To Offer The World?

57-Repurposing Your Skills And Talents

58- Using What You Already Have.

59- What Are You Offering?

60- Refine What You Offer.

61- Who Needs Your Talents?

62- Define Your Audience.

63- Attracting The Higher Monkey.

64- Marketing Yourself.

65-Get To Know Your Supporters.

66- Networking With Your Past.

67-Building New Networks.

68- Find Like Minded Groups.

69- Talent Mentors.

70-Endings And Beginnings.


  1. nikitaneuronebula · · Reply

    This is such a nice refreshing concept and your drawings are brilliant.

    1. Thank you very much! My stuffed monkey Doug has made me smile for years… I wanted to share him with everyone.

  2. […] found this exercise on a blog find your path in life. Now this is not a competition, it’s just something I’m going […]

  3. Would like to try this concept after I finish my Megaliving programme by Robin Sharma. Your stuffed monkey Doug must be an inspiration for you…brilliant drawings. Thnx for the likes for my blog, it is very inspirational for the new bloggers.

    1. You’re welcome. Let me know if you try any of the exercises and give me some feedback. Thanks for visiting.

  4. V.A. Farria · · Reply

    Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I like Doug! : )

    Love, light and blessings

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog Doug 🙂 I love connecting with people who are on this wild and crazy journey called life. I’m looking forward to trying out some of your ideas in Find Your Path exercise. My progress has been in fits and starts, but I’m persevering…

    1. Hey Vera- Thanks for stopping by. Let me know how you do with the exercises for finding your path.

  6. Wow, you’ve really decided to run with your creative spirit and have great fun! Thanks for liking my post.

    1. Hi Carol- Yes, we’re going all out on the monkeyness here!

  7. This is weird, but then maybe not.. my husband’s name is also Doug, although he isn’t exactly a money! LOL! WE are both artists, though, and I’m looking for a new career path due to physical limitations.I look forward to following your blog.

    1. Hey Lorraine- We’re all looking for new paths, even Monkey Dougs and human Dougs… And me too! There’s a change unfolding, even if we all can’t see it in its entirety yet… More of us want to be doing our own thing and living a contented life. Thanks for commenting and reading about my silly monkey…

  8. Please excuse my typo I meant “monkey”

    1. I know what you meant… Although a husband made of money would be good too!

  9. I am starting at the beginning…the first step was ‘quitting the secure job’ one year ago… the serious angst has set upon me and I need the monkey in my corner. Lesson One awaits…

    1. Doug is ready to help! I hope you can find something of value in my posts. Angst is always with us when we don’t know the outcome of events… That’s what keeps people in their secure and unhappy lives. If we dare to suffer the angst, I think we’ll all be happier in the end.

  10. […] before I post the next one.  I find it really satisfying writing what | want to do. Thanks to for this great idea.  I wrote a lot of things down but it didn’t made any sense, this one […]

  11. […] then read it now before you read this post.  This is another exercise from are you ready for […]

  12. Hi Doug Does Life, I have just nominated you for The Shauny Award – you can see it here on my post at:

    1. Thank you for the nomination! I appreciate it…

      1. You are most welcome! Cheers!

  13. […] for nominating my blog! Make sure to visit his blog, if you haven’t already. I really love his FIND YOUR PATH IN LIFE SERIES with fun […]

  14. otterlycreative · · Reply

    Love this section. Going to give it a try ^_^ Thanks for the liking otherwise I wouldn’t be here!

    1. I’m glad you’re going to give it a go. Let me know what you think. Share your progress too, if you feel like it/

  15. […] So secondly. I’m following a serie on another wordpress blog. It’s called “Finding your path in life”. I really can recommand these exercises for people who want to find their passion or want to find what they want to do in their lives. It really is inspirational what these exercises make you feel like. The exercises can be found here. […]

  16. […] one from Find your path in life . What am I passionate about?  Passion is something I have lots of respect for.  I adore […]

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  19. another exercise, when bored wow, will have to book mark will take an hour er so 🙂 .. way kewl 🙂 Q

    1. Let me know how it goes…

  20. Love this 🙂 Refreshing, crisp and to the point! Way to go!

  21. I’m not sure how but I feel connected in some way.My path is changing and if all goes according to plan I will be an organic farmer in the not too distant future. Our buddy is a penguin…they get along well with monkeys I think.
    Cheers – great blog

    1. Hey Doug- Organic farming would be a rewarding path… We grow a variety of things on our property and have some chickens, and enjoy tending it. I know doing it for profit is a different game, but I can see the appeal…

      Monkeys get along with everyone and everything, even penguins!

  22. Hi again. The farming won’t be a business venture – more of a retirement ‘keeping myself busy’ concept. My brother in law in Thailand was cretified organic last year so I’ll be the free hired help sort of. Willie is kinda cool. He was my wifes comfort pillow when she was sick. Happy New Year young man!! Bring on 2014 it’s going to be AWESOME!!!!

    1. It sounds like you have a pretty good plan laid out for yourself. Farming always was interesting to me. I grew up around farms but never lived or worked on one…

  23. Thanks for liking my post and introducing me to some refreshing stuff.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Ken.

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  26. Great concept 🙂

  27. 70 steps? Do you have a shorter or simpler how-to list?

    1. Sure- Do what makes you happy.

  28. Yeah, but there’s got to be something between a massively long 70-item BOOK and a five-word glib cliché.

  29. Thanks for the follow. Looks like we are on the same page.

  30. […] This is another exercise from    ‘Find your path in life" […]

  31. […] posts on Venus in the houses/signs, be sure to stop by and visit Valentine Doug at his true home: Doug’s pen pal, John, is likely to be selling his own version of Monkey Business soon so you […]

  32. Love your blog! Keep up the good work

  33. Wow! Loving your blog already and I have barely got started, but thank you as I think your path to life is going to be really helpful. I love the fact that you have decided to do it your way. I know what I want out of life but I just don’t know how to go about getting it, here’s hoping your insights will help. xXx

    1. Hey Rutilly- Thanks for the appreciation! I hope Finding Your Path In Life will be useful to you… Let me know how you do with it.

      Following our own path is a difficult choice. Everyone and everything will tell us to be reasonable, be realistic, be like everyone else… Don’t listen.

      I’m still figuring out how to get where I want to be as well. I share my ideas and discoveries in the hope that I inspire others to strike out on their own too. That’s where true happiness lives, I think… I’m glad you’re following along.

  34. I like your concept of Doug Does Life and finding your path through journalizing your thoughts. It seems that many ignore their own thoughts in lieu of doing what others expect of them to do. Life would be so great if more people could just realize what they want to do and then do it, probably have a lot less grumpy people out there. Thanks for sharing and thanks for liking my blog at, it was much appreciated.

    1. Thanks Larry- We’d all be better off if everyone followed their heart instead of standard advice.

  35. […] spend his life meaningfully, and he generously shares this journey through a series of posts called Find Your Path In Life Series and guides his readers through taking that same journey.  It IS a feel-good journey, but […]

    1. Thank you for the excellent review of what Doug and I are trying to do here!

  36. Charlie Alford · · Reply

    thanks for swinging by my post. it’s much appreciated and your find your path seems interesting I look forward to following it.

    1. Thanks Charlie. I’m happy you’ll be following along…

  37. […] has been another exercise from Doug does life ‘s […]

  38. Hey! Thanks for the visit 🙂 This looks like a great page! We all have trouble finding / deciding on the correct path sometimes, but a clear vision fo what is really important to us is the most crucial element in happiness.

  39. will be reading more for sure 🙂

    1. Glad to hear it!

    1. Thanks! I’m happy you appreciate it.

  40. […] This is a really interesting question you should ask yourself.  Are you going in the right direction?  Is this the right career you wanted to do?  Are you using you talents in this job you are currently doing?  We all have talents, it doesn’t just have to be just something in the arts.  Some people are good at putting files together others are not.  Some are good with numbers.  What else is there?  Here is a little something I want you to tell me.  Tell me in a comment what do you do for a living and do you love it?  If you are doing something but you don’t love it then tell me what you really want to do but first tell me what you doing which you don’t like.  I’m waiting for the comments…..  Here is some question I asked myself from   Doug Does Life […]

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  42. […] may be time to change things up, and figure out what is meaningful to you now. Dissatisfaction with work can poison all aspects of your […]

  43. Cool concepts. What I do for a living? I share the magic of words. I have four books out on Amazon. Have lots more clamoring in my head. I love my work. It has taken me a long time to get here, though, and many detours.

    1. Good for you Aya- It sounds like you’ve found your calling. I hope you can inspire others to do the same…

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