It’s been awhile since I left my high paying corporate job and let me tell you, it’s been a crazy ride since then. According to research, an average person will have 3 to 5 different careers in their lifetime. I totally agree with that. Before I reached the age of 25, I’ve already surpassed that number. It’s not because I couldn’t keep a job but because I couldn’t stop my pursuit of passion. I had to find myself and find my purpose. The jobs and careers that I’ve had in the past left me asking, “Why am I on this planet and what the hell am I supposed to do?” I knew it had to be more than a mindless 9 to 5. My drive to find something else besides job security gave me the courage to admit to myself, “This sucks!” if it wasn’t working, leave and start over.
How about you?
Whatever you’re doing with your life right now, whether you already have a job, you’re still in school or just stuck in limbo, take a quick moment to think and ask yourself: “Is this something worth fighting for?”
If you’re lost, confused and feel like there’s so much white space in the portrait of your life, fear not. This is the emotional reality of most people. Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating who you are. Everything is a process and it’s the things you do consistently that makes a difference, not the ones you do every now and then. No matter how long it takes, you have to find that thing to love enough and serve for. Find something that’s going to make you grow and help you contribute. Nobody said finding it was going to be easy, but when you do, best believe it will be worth it.
What do you really want to do in life? What’s something you will do with joy and excitement? Do you have a message that’s really important to you? What’s stopping you from pursuing it?
The myth of the overnight success happens only with lottery winners; it’s short lived and hard to sustain. Anything that’s worth it requires physical time, emotional energy, effort, sacrifice, commitment and discipline. All those things have to be in place for anyone to achieve anything extraordinary. Life will only allow you to keep the success you deserve and can handle.
In the end, weigh the pros and cons and see how much it actually means to you. You have to be driven by love and passion for what you’re doing, anything else just wouldn’t do. If you’re fueled by money, then you’re coming from a place of scarcity and fear. Don’t get me wrong, earning an income is definitely a key factor. It has to be looked at and considered but should never be the primary focus. Use money for what it’s meant for: a tool. People will feel the insincerity if you’re not real and genuine with what you’re doing. How far can you take your purpose as a vehicle will depend on what kind of fuel you’re putting in your gas tank. Having it fueled by passion will allow you to be more involved, be more creative. You’re more likely to dig deeper and build a solid foundation. Having it fueled by money, you’re only going to put in enough effort to get something done and get it out. A flash in the pan which is short lived and insubstantial.
Make that decision in your first moment of awareness that you’re going to own your day. Make a conscious decision that you’re going to put in effort and try. When you have something worth fighting for, it’s easy to find your courage every waking moment. It’s easy to win your daily battles. When you don’t have a lot of energy and it feels like your day is just dragging on then you haven’t found it just yet. Your purpose will define your thoughts and shape your actions. You owe it to yourself to find it. Living a life without purpose isn’t living; it’s merely just existing. That sucks!
The moment you find something worth fighting for, you’ll find your purpose and meaning. “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
What will it be for you?