I have a confession to make. I was future-focused for far too long. It took some serious introspection to realize that I was draining all of the fun, happiness, and peace of mind out of my own life. I knew from a young age that my purpose in life was to help others discover, embrace and live in complete freedom. And I operated on the same principles, always working towards spiritual, financial and time freedom. I had a clear picture of my ideal life and I was laser focused on it.
I’m often asked ‘how did you discover your purpose in life?’ or ‘how did you know what you were passionate about?’ and I remember asking others this exact same question. I would watch other women and wonder how they knew what they were supposed to be doing… not even knowing if they actually knew or not.
But like most things, this was a journey that I had to take on my own. This lesson wasn’t learned from good advice or an epiphany moment because someone said something that resonated with me. The truth is that as I began to understand just how purpose and passion work together, everything started to make sense.
In my early 20’s, I worked strictly to earn a living. I worked too many jobs to name, trying to find my way… but I never did. I couldn’t see myself moving up in any of the companies that I worked for and honestly, I didn’t have the desire to. There was something lacking. And although my primary objective (at that time) was a paycheck, I still had a burning desire to actually enjoy the work I was doing.
I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.
– Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO
This is a statement that I live by. I believe that life is far too short to waste time, months, years… on doing something that you don’t love, enjoy, or aren’t passionate about. We often see work as a means to an end. We need money to survive, provide, and take care of our responsibilities; but it’s also important that we make doing work that is fulfilling to our souls, a priority as well. Some of us will find that fulfillment in identifying industries that allow us to express our creativity or pursue our passions; while others will create viable businesses that allow us to chart our own path.
I realize that not everyone is an aspiring entrepreneur, but we should acknowledge that we all have skills, expertise, and abilities that could create a successful business. And with an unpredictable job market, it’s important, now more than ever, to have multiple streams of income.