It’s been talked about a lot but purpose is the new profession and a job for life is dead. School taught us how to work in a factory and we’ve been conditioned to believe that purpose and living our dreams is a thing only reserved for the rich and famous. I remember distinctly thinking that one day I would become a famous football player, then an actor and then a personal trainer.
What I find interesting is that the perception of these careers to me was everything and I didn’t once stop and think…Who am I? What am I? And what does everyone who knows me best say my strengths are? My best mate ‘Smudge’ used to tell me when we were 15 years old, that I could talk to a brick wall…and would get so p*ssed at me because I would spend hours talking to people in the street, coffee shop or pub, finding out what makes them tick instead of focussing on him or the group we were with. I was so fascinated with meeting new people and discovering their journey and hearing their stories.
People would respond to my openness, interest and use of humour to build rapport. They would tell me intimate thoughts and personal secrets, within just minutes of chatting…I never once thought I would end up spending 10 years and over 10,000 hours discussing this very topic for a day job!
Here’s a contradiction…think about what you constantly get criticise for…it’s likely to be the very thing that makes you unique and is your purpose in life.
- Luke you talk way too much to people you don’t know about stuff that doesn’t matter…ummm no that’s my purpose I build people and care about their purpose
- Kathy you’re way too caring….ummm no that’s my purpose I’m a care worker, primary school teacher, community worker, philanthropist
- Emily you spend too much time travelling and not enough time working…ummm I am working…I’m a travel blogger
- Katie you say what you think too often…ummm no I’m creating social change and starting a charity against domestic violence
- Mark you need to spend less time on that computer and more time outside…ummm no I’m creating Facebook and changing the world
- Caitlin that outfit in fact all your outfits are way over the top just tone it down…ummm no I’m going to change the world of fashion design
- Ruth you’re bossy and order everyone around…ummm no I care about achieving goals as a team and one day I will lead a multinational company that survives on my ability to make tough decisions
- Harry you’re a stubborn child just do as your told…ummm no I just have a dislike for authority and believe in mutual exchange of value and freedom of choice…one day I will be a lawyer and defend the rights of the helpless and less fortunate.
So finding career purpose is looking in the mirror and realising that you’re already unique, it’s been defined and shaped from an early age and you’re well on the path to defining your WHY. Because my friend it’s in your DNA…it’s in the biology. It’s the thing that fills your soul with passion and makes doing what you do effortless and limitless.
Is that not enough reasons to be following your purpose? So don’t spend the next 40 years working on stuff that doesn’t ignite your soul put a fire extinguisher on that path and point the blow torch on your future…