It’s funny, we put more candles on our birthday cake each year, but many people still tell me they’re not sure what their ultimate calling is.
I’m not talking about people exclusively in their twenties either. Some of the seasoned business executives I work with tell me they still haven’t figured it out. Sure their current job gives them some level of fulfillment, but most acknowledge there is something greater in life for them that they’d really like to spend their time on.
It just hasn’t hit them yet.
Lately I’ve been low-key obsessing over what my life’s purpose is, what i’m on this planet to do and how I really like to spend my time.
The one question I keep asking myself to push the envelope on this topic is:
“What do I have to offer this world?”
Think about it.
From the day we were born we’ve been doing 2 things:
- Collecting information
- Learning behaviors and skills
As we get older, go through schooling and accumulate experience in life, we begin to fill up a metaphorical bag of valuable human capital.
Every one of us have this metaphorical bag and no two people have the same items inside their bag. That’s what makes each person’s bag valuable.
So ask yourself, what’s in YOUR bag?
What experiences do you have to share that could benefit others?
What do people ask you for advice on?
What are the top qualities you have?
Collect the answers to these questions and like puzzle pieces, see what you can create when you out them together.
But..but…i’m not creative. Like not creative at all. I can’t even draw a stick figure.
No one is asking you to create a sculpture or draw a pretty picture. All you need to do is brainstorm and think about the answer these questions and see what comes to mind.
You may try this several times and get frustrated by the lack of ideas that show up.
But that’s normal.
You don’t become a body builder after spending 1 hour in the gym and your life’s purpose won’t be clear after thinking about it for 5 minutes.
Like consistently going to the gym and seeing results over time; consistently think about the answers to questions like this and try putting them together. Similar to the muscles you’ll develop, you’ll gain more and more clarity on your purpose.
One thing is certain, doing nothing will fail to create anything. Doing something can create anything.
Will you do something or nothing?
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-Danilo Vuk Capric