3 Ways to find your true calling and live a life of purpose.
Choose life. Choose a career. Choose happiness. Choose you.
What a bunch of … cheery meaningless sentiments.
It’s all rubbish. Let’s be real, we are all insignificant specks of matter flying around the same meaningless spot in an empty nothing of space. There is no point and there is no reason to it all.
Maybe God loves you and maybe you’re coming back next time around as a dung beetle.
No one knows why we’re here and what it’s all about.
Life has no meaning. And I love that!
We can choose to make our lives mean whatever we want.
Read on to start finding your calling in life today.
Step 1 to finding your calling
Step one is make a decision. Once you decide what you want your life calling to be you can find a way.
If you feel, I need to follow the word of God and win everlasting grace — great, go do that.
If you know you are born to be a rock star — hey plenty have done it and become more than musicians. Go have fun.
You believe in capitalism and you want to be a titan of industry — guess what, good luck, go do it.
For me, I decided I didn’t want my regular life anymore. I decided I wanted to start living a life where I actively go out and chase after more. So, I decided to follow my passions.
I started writing again, I started boxing for fitness, I started playing guitar again, I decided to go travelling, I ended up in sunny Saigon, married, in a great job, with a wonderful wife and a sensational son.
I had no idea where I was going with it exactly — but I decided what I wanted — A life of passion, excitement and meaning.
I went after it and now I’m chasing down my great passions — writing everyday and trying to light up others with this same vest for life.
And that’s the great secret of life.
I see so many people, especially teenagers, get sucked into the black hole of existential crisis. What’s the point, it all comes to nothing. Well, that’s not the point. The point is, if it comes to nothing, we can do whatever we want.
So that’s step one. If you have the guts to live the life you want, ask yourself, what do I want to do, be and have? Your conscious, sub-conscious, mind, heart, soul and stomach will guide you the rest of the way.
Step 2: You don’t know what you want
I don’t know what my calling is, and I love that.
This is one of the big problems — most people, especially teens, don’t love the not knowing. They kill themselves in indecision and then they waste those awesome years of experimentation getting wasted to help them cover up the fear of not knowing.
You must embrace it.
Say: I don’t know what I want and I love that!
(Thanks Kyle Cease, for the great idea. Read my lessons from funny man, Kyle Cease, right here.)
Hey, yes, I know. Easy to say. And I beat myself up every day for years as I forced myself along the path. I bounced between, ‘I want to be a rock star’ to ‘society needs more accountants and that’s the smart option’ — to the point where my 20’s were a nightmare of not knowing.
The Things I Tried
But along the way, I tried the rock star thing. Turns out I don’t love guitar enough to sit there for hours with a metronome until I can keep time properly.
I tried the boxing. I knew I was never hard enough to be a boxer, but I enjoyed it and I loved it and I still do some training for fitness.
I forced myself to do the smart teaching job. And I did it and I was good at it and I’m doing it now, but I don’t really love it.
And through it all, I knew I loved writing. I tried. I gave up. I did it as a hobby. And now I’m trying again. It’s the thing I keep coming back to. And now I’m blogging everyday and so close to finishing my first edit of my first ever novel.
It’s coming together. I never really believed, but I just made a decision and kept trying, and here we are.
The point is, we work it out by trying. Not thinking and planning, but actually trying, doing and deciding.
Now I know, I want to be a writer. I can write. And if I keep pushing, I’ll find a way. I just wish I had this mentality 20 years ago.
But that doesn’t matter, I know I’m doing it and I’m loving it.
Try the things that you love — when you find the thing you just can’t give up, keep doing it until you make it work.
Step 3: Don’t give up
“All the good stuff in life is on the other side of difficult.” This is one of my favorite quotes. I heard Will Smith say it when he was interviewed by Oprah. And it changed my way of looking at things.
We all know, if you want awesome, you got to go through the struggle and be awesome. But instead we focus on the one or two freak lucky stories of over night easy success.
How many stories do you need to hear to know nothing worth having comes easy. You should know by now: “You gotta fight for your right, to party”, as The BeastieBoys famously sang.
Persistence is the key.
You need to know, the challenge is there to show you, you are not good enough, YET. It’s not your time, YET. You haven’t paid your dues, YET. You don’t believe enough, YET.
Push through the challenge and you can have anything.
If Angus Young can be rock star — so can you — if you want it.
If Hemingway can be a great writer — so can you — if you really want it.
If Oprah can be queen of day time TV — so can you — if you absolutely desire it and are willing to do what it takes.
No one is born with super powers. We can have what we want in life, but we have to absolutely want it and be willing to do what it takes to get it.
I know what I want in life now and I’m going after it.
I wish I knew these simple wisdoms earlier, but that doesn’t matter.
The time for me to run is now — is it your time to run too?
If you got this far, I think you know the answer already.
Who cares about Corona, the market crash, or anything else, when it’s time to go, it’s time to go — go chase down the life of your dreams.
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