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Do you wake up everyday feeling like you could do better jobwise? Do you go to work on a Monday and start wishing that Friday should arrive immediately and rescue you from your boredom? Is your current occupation just a means to get money in for bills and other expenses? If you answer yes to these questions, it is very likely that you are not on your purpose.
I titled this article Are You On Your Purpose because I want you to answer the question after you’ve finished reading this article. You are the only person who knows for sure if or not you’re truly on your purpose. Someone once said that “most people die at the age of 25, we just don’t bury them until they are 75”. This is the true situation in society today. Most people are like the living dead – for a life without purpose is a “zombie” life. Living but actually dead. When an individual is living a life without purpose, he or she is just going through the motion doing what has been assigned to him/her by society and family.
I do a lot of things. I write, design and develop products. I do all these things because being creative and expressing my creativity is my life purpose. My creative passion drives my action and because of that, I enjoy what I do. Am excited to do them all.
Before anyone can carry out a check on him/herself, he or she must know what he’s searching for. So let’s begin by understanding what is purpose in the context of this article. So what is purpose?
Purpose – What Is It?
The English dictionary defined purpose as the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used. The purpose we are discussing in this article isn’t much different from the one defined in the English dictionary.
‘Purpose’ in the context of this article is the realization of by an individual of his or her reason for existence in this reality. It is the discovery of one’s true mission and love in life.
Your purpose is something you love doing. It doesn’t matter what is it. You could like singing, drawing, planning, caring, nurturing, designing, creating things, playing or even fighting. It doesn’t matter what it is, what matters is that you thoroughly enjoy doing it and you are prepared to do that thing without getting paid for it and it is not against the law in your country to do that particular thing.
Purpose is NOT something you do in order to make yourself popular, rich, loved or respected. Sometimes, your purpose in life can get you all these but these things are not the primary reason for purpose. They are the byproducts or ‘symptoms’ of you being on your purpose.
For example, a person who loves drawing will draw whenever he or she has the time and material to draw. He or she draws because of the artistic passion that burns within is seeking expression on the without – external. An artist will draw regardless of monetary incentives or fame.
Your purpose is that thing you love doing whether you get paid for it or not. So, the next question is; how does anyone find his or her purpose?
How To Find Your Purpose In Life
The previous subheading has already explained what purpose is. So, how then does anyone who’s ‘lost’ find his or her purpose in life? I shall explain.
To discover your life purpose you will really need to examine yourself. The question you need to ask yourself is “what do I really enjoy doing?“.
For example, I personally like anything creative. I like to design things and I also like writing about things. I never studied design or writing at University. In fact, I studied Engineering at University. While at University, I was constantly the best in the design modules. I used to easily spend 10 hours in a day in the University computer lab designing and testing mechanical components parts. This was because the creative passion inside me was expressing itself through the objects I was designing. This creative drive inside my being is my passion and purpose and when you’re on your purpose, you don’t get bored and you won’t require an incentive to do it.
I know most people like instruction in bulleted point format. So, I will list how anyone can discover his or her purpose below:
(1) Think back from your childhood to your current age.
(2) In your reminiscence, which activity have you always enjoyed and excelled at?
(3) The answer to the question in (2) should let you know what your life purpose is. The activity which you enjoy and excel in is your purpose.
(4) Now that you know your purpose, ask yourself this question? Am I the best in this? You could have discovered that you have always enjoyed and excelled at singing but your talent is still raw.
(5) Invest your time and energy in being the best in your purpose.
(6) Make a “DEFINITE DECISION” to make your life purpose a success.
(7) Success is assured once you know in your mind that monetary reward is not your main objective. Do it because you love doing it and be the best at it. The money will surely follow.
Whenever someone invests their time and money on their life purpose, there is always this impatience of reward/harvest for everything they have put into it. Let me make it clear to you now: It doesn’t work like that. ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY. There is no overnight success in life. This leads us to the next section of this article.
No Overnight Success
Everyone wants to do what they love and be paid for it but why isn’t everyone doing what they love? The answer is quite simple: People want quick success or overnight success. There is no overnight success in life. As one man put’s it “It took me 10 years to become an overnight success“.
The fact is that you need money to live comfortably in life and what this means is that you are likely to do whatever guarantees you enough money to pay your bills. The need to pay one’s monthly bills is why most people are stuck in jobs which they don’t like.
So, how do you then follow your purpose and make ends meet or pay your bills on time? This is simple but it won’t be comfortable at the start.
In order for you to follow your heart desire or be on your life purpose and at the same time pay all your bills on time, you will have to start part-time and then gradually progress to doing what you truly love full time.
Let me explain, for example, let say you have always wanted to be a business owner who deals in the design, manufacture and distribution of Ukeleles. Obviously, you can’t just quit your present job and start a Ukelele business. That will be a terrible and stupid decision.
What you must do for now is to keep your current job and be good at it. Then, start designing the Ukeleles on your free days. After you’ve designed 2, 3 or 4 Ukeleles, get them manufactured and tested. Once you’re satisfied with your samples, do all the necessary calculations to find out at what quantity will you break-even and eventually start making profits.
After you’ve finished your business plan calculations, contact all the musical instruments sales outlet you want to sell your Ukelele through. Get each of them to commit to stocking a particular quantity of your Ukelele. After you’ve gotten each store to commit to a stock quantity, then you can then make an agreement with each store on how they would pay for the Ukeleles after you’ve invoiced them. Be very flexible with your payment plan at the beginning.
After you’ve done all these, get the Ukeleles manufactured. But you must manufacture a minimum of the break-even quantity. Over time you will gradually increase each store quantity. You must keep doing this business on the side until the money you’re paying yourself from this your side business can cover all your bills for a minimum of a year. Only after this should you quit your current job.
This method eliminates the risk associated with you being on your purpose or doing what you truly love.
Without money, you will suffer in this world. It is that simple. Even love is denied expression when there is no money. So this is the reason why most people don’t want to pursue their life purpose. It is not that they do not know what their life purpose is. It’s just that pursuing their life purpose involves risk. These risks are capable of making anyone homeless.
In this article, my main was to awaken your desire to pursue your life purpose in a safe manner. I have taken the time to explain how anyone can pursue their life purpose without risking anything financial in the “No Overnight Success” subheading. Please follow the instructions and advice given in that section.
Our current reality is a short one. If you’re lucky you will live to 80. Do you want to spend at least 40 years out of that 80 stuck in a job you do not like? I don’t know about you but I will rather gradually pursue my life passion/purpose on the side until it starts paying my bills and make me financial comfortable. It does take too long to go from part time to full time. Everyone I know that’s on his or life purpose, turn their life passion to respectable full-time income within a 5 years period. The problem is that most people want it to happen within 6 months. It doesn’t work like that.
Again, ask yourself “do I want to be doing something am passionate in 5 years from now or do I want to work in some job which pays my bills but which I hardly care for?” But my advice is that you should be doing something you’re genuinely passionate about. This must be something which financial gain isn’t the primary objective. Whatever this thing is, is your life purpose.
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