When it comes to the topic of Purpose many think and believe that it has to be separate from your job from which you earn money.
Today, I want to offer a different perspective.
When I worked in corporate America years ago, I found myself bored, frustrated, constrained, limited, unfulfilled and even lost. While I loved my job, the people that I worked with, the company, and I cultivated lasting friendships with my then coworkers, the reality is that every single day I stepped foot into the office, I would always say to myself “There’s got to be more to life than this. It just has to.” Ultimately, I became disinterested in the routine of life. Day in and day out, the same routine over and over. Get up go to work, come home then do it again for the next day. It wasn't the job, it was me.
I kept feeling a tug within me that was calling me to do, be, and have more. That little inkling grew stronger as time went on to a point where I knew I had to do something. Anything. Because there’s more. More to life. I sensed it. And I had to pursue it. I just didn’t know what or how.
This inkling prompted a pursuit for PURPOSE, fulfillment and what I was called to this earth to do and be. All while having this tug going on within me, I was laid off my my job. This was in 2009.
Great, now I am unemployed. Now what in the heck am I supposed to do?
After being stunned from the reality that I was no longer employed, I had to decide what I was going to do with my life, how I was going to make money, and how I was going to live.
While the answer didn’t come overnight, it took many life encounters to finally get to where I am today. Through life’s events, exploration, discovery, trials, tribulations, and revelation all of which came either through “cause and effect” life events or a deliberate search for a deeper connection to life - I was put on the path to purpose.
So that segues into how to find your purpose and why it isn’t separate from your job.
Your purpose is:
That “thing” or “inkling” inside of you that will NOT die regardless of how many other things you try.
That “thing” that you keep coming back to and asking yourself if you should do this.
That “thing” that you do effortlessly and with ease.
That “thing” that serves others, adds value and/or transforms lives.
That “thing” you are willing to do without compensation.
That “thing” you can do without someone asking you to do it.
That “thing” that you can do without expecting something in return.
That “thing” that you find fulfillment in doing
That “thing” for me was entrepreneurship. Click here to learn more.
All of the above CAN create a job or opportunities that pay you well. You can create opportunities for yourself that pay you well. That will require a shift in mindset.
Now... For those with the mindset that think that life and PURPOSE means doing “free” things is somehow serving the world in the greatest way imaginable, that’s OK. BUT if you are praying to God in the same breathe to send you money or opportunities to help you pay your bills then you are missing the blessing. Side note, I am not speaking of charitable giving - giving is good. Just know the difference.
It’s OK (and I emphasize OK) to make money when you keep God first, are responsible steward and keep it all in perspective.
God gave you unique skills, abilities, talents to serve who you were called to serve AND He wants you to live a blessed life AND be a blessing to others. You were created on PURPOSE for PURPOSE. Which means that there are MANY entrepreneurs and businesses in the marketplace that are purposed and profitable.
Yes, PURPOSED and PROFITABLE.
A shift in mindset must take place, then an exploration of what you’ve been called to do, and then an action plan to put you on path.
For example, Oprah Winfrey’s impact and purpose blessed, transformed and touched millions if not billions of lives. She is also one of the richest women in the US. (of course you already knew that)
Michelle Obama has a story.
Tory Burch has a story.
Sara Blakely has a story.
Martha Stewart has a story.
Estee Lauder has a story.
I have a story.
You have a story.
Don’t be afraid to walk into your calling AND get paid well for it.
Are you living on Purpose? Or are you just going through the day in day out routine of life while watching others step out on faith believing more in their “inkling” or God given vision (I like that better than inkling).
Do you find yourself daydreaming or even get quick flashes of yourself living in and operating in the realities of your dream. If so, you might want to pursue that.