“I believe each of us has a mission in life, and that one cannot truly be living their most fulfilled life until they recognize this mission and dedicate their life to pursuing it.” -Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms company and the One to One business model.
I love this quote. Life is so short and precious.
What is important to you? What do you want to accomplish? What drives you? What do you love doing but are not doing?
Find out what it is and pursue it.
Think about Tom’s founder, or Mother Theresa, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Lincoln, Einstein, Martin Luther King! Think of all the inventors, leaders, parents, teachers, athletes, career changers, missionaries and others who found out what they wanted to do, went after it and changed their lives…and our lives. Imagine where we all would be if they had ignored that passionate spirit inside?
So what are you passionate about? What do you want to change in your life? Your career?
First, find out what you need just to thrive.
Years ago in my early twenties I was at a cross roads. My dad had died, I was questioning my career choice (and college major), and knew a better career or job was waiting for me. I just needed directions on how to get to it.
I turned to the book “What Color is Your Parachute?” by Richard M. Bolles. This is the same book my Dad turned to when he made a career change when he was 40 years old.
I read it thoroughly and put great effort into each lesson. It was hard work. No career counselor could do it for me. I had to dig deep inside to identify what made me thrive, excited and happiest when and where I was working.
I filled two yellow legal pads with my notes.
The author encouraged me, the reader, to narrow down the discernment into one short, vision sentence. By the book’s end, I could do this because I re-discovered what drove me, my passions, and my dream for an ideal career…the one sentence became my mission.
- Freedom to start or work for a great internet start-up
- Freedom to call on whom I wanted
- Freedom to travel
- Freedom to connect to the outdoors. I had to have a big window in my office!
- Freedom to make more money
I found all this in a new career. I was really happy.
Thank God I did this!
Who knew I would have to leave this career 3 years later when Mom got dx. with ALS?
My dad also had a similar experience after doing the work in the book. His mission in life had changed. He left his job, pursued a new career and new life, moving our family from the Chicago suburbs to near Washington, DC where he was raised and still had family. He was really happy. He thrived.
Thank God he did this work!
Who knew he would die from Cancer by age 51?
Maybe that is what drives me.
Life is so short friends. Why not do what you love?
Why not find out sooner rather than later? Why live with regret?
I advise people to identify their passions and strengths, then to use them to serve themselves and others in work, family, ministry, careers and the community. Knowing and honoring your passions, strengths and weaknesses is liberating, and can be a guiding light to propel you forward to do great things.
Now, look back to the quote above. It is notable that after over 45 years of career counseling and many career books, Richard Bolles most recent book is a simple spiritual guide called “Finding Your Mission in Life.”