Bliss Map Key

This page is a simple key to the Bliss Map.

If you haven’t already, check out the landing page for the Bliss Map.
On this page will simply be each portion of the map with its name and some examples.

For more explanation and comprehensive overviews, click on the portions of the full map below.

In Love With It Good At It Paid For It The World Needs It Passion Profession Vocation Mission Satisfaction Comfort Contentment Fulfillment Bliss Fulfillment Satisfaction Comfort Contentment
  • Enjoy the day-to-day
  • Work is often fun
  • Flow may be frequent
  • Doing the work meets human needs like appreciation, inspiration, challenge, and discovery
  • May provide a sense of community or social needs
  • Jobs
  • Meets basic needs:’
    • Health
    • Safety
    • Some Financial Freedom
  • Elements of Skill & Mastery
  • Engagement and Flow
  • Degrees, certifications, notoriety
  • Interpersonal and life skills (Enablers) are engaged with familiarity
  • Challenge, creativity, growth
  • Serves a ‘higher/bigger purpose’ than oneself
  • Affirms one’s worldview
  • Motivation and ‘Why’ precedes work
  • There is a ‘Big Picture’
  • Meets needs like contribution, hope, integrity, and belonging

“It is not the length of life, but the depth.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Musicianship
  • Videogames
  • Sports
  • Hobbies
  • Art
  • Environmentalism
  • Activism
  • Politics
  • Communication
  • Sales
  • Advertising
  • A ‘career’
  • Long, stable, comfortable job
  • Job security
  • Retail
  • Functionary
  • Bureaucrats
  • A “Job”
  • Plumber, Electrician, etc (maybe)

Avocation:
1. “A hobby or minor occupation” – Oxford Dictionary
2. “A subordinate occupation pursued in addition to one’s vocation especially for enjoyment” – Merriam Webster

  • Selling things on Ebay
  • Flipping houses
  • Collecting and selling antiques
  • Running a hobby shop
  • Volunteer Firefighting
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Community Work
  • ‘Heroism’

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Being a good businessperson
  • A well-paid, content, productive manager
  • Pop-culture journalists
  • comfortable jobs with no desire out of that
  • A Sommelier
  • Overwhelmed teachers
  • Some tenured college professors
  • Working in recycling
  • Teaching arts (sometimes)
  • The ‘Side Hustle’ that isn’t working
  • Art (often)
  • Businesses with bad business models
  • Monetization problems
  • Stubborn anarchists/socialists
  • Many Trade Jobs (plumber, electrician, etc)
  • Installing Solar Panels (world really needs it…might not love it)
  • Some forms of leadership, elected officials. People who lead because they must.