I am writing this cognizant of the fact that we are at the end of the week. Our first week of year 2017. In truth, I am a little exhausted over the excitement of this week being my first week as an entrepreneur. It feels exhilarating and I feel my cells tingling with excitement. I could not remember when was the last time I felt like this. True freedom. Living my purpose.
So I am writing to you to urge you to live your purpose. Yes, even in a job you can live your purpose - or close to it.
You need to do what makes your heart sings.
You may be thinking you cannot do that if you are in a corporate job. But you can. And if you are not truly doing what makes your heart sings, how would it even feel like a dream job. How in the world you can close sales when you don't believe in what you are doing and enjoying it.
You see, if you are doing it from the perspective of "you should" so you can bring in the money and the income, then you are in survival mode. There is really very little joy and thus, at this level, you cannot generate abundance. True abundance fills you with joy.
If you truly want abundance, it has to start from the heart and where you do work that feels aligned to who you are. I can almost hear you protesting. That is not what a job is supposed to be. I did not say a job. If you are merely working in a job for survival and existence, it is a very sorry state to be in.
Before you stop reading the mail, let me share with you my story. I, too was once like this. The should have, and the should do. I studied computer science and I came from a poor family. At the time, I did not even know what computer science meant and how a career in computer science would be like.
In any case, I graduated and could not afford to change my course (or so I thought). I spent the initial years of my life doing things I do not like doing. In fact, I absolutely dislike it but I make myself do it. It was programming. Long hours at the desk and trying to code, debug and test repeatedly tore at my soul. But I did not realise it at that time.
As time progress, things got better and I started to enjoy my job more as I step into management role, having more interactions with people, which is actually my strength and what I love doing.
Still I was in the end user environment and it was very operational. I was doing a lot of the back end work in the IT world. Things were better but it was still chipping at my soul. I constantly feel bored inside.
I am a late bloomer and it was only 6 years ago that I have a wake up call and switched back to the vendor line, where I was doing presales, sales, work with partners and that's when my world changed. I loved doing this sort of work predominantly because I love interacting with different people everyday and variety is the main course of the day.
I am telling you this story because I don't want you to spent many many years like me doing things you don't absolutely love. You should switch. You owe it to yourself to switch to something you love and be aligned with your passion and purpose. Or at least aligned with your interest and the innate skills that you are born with. God did not design you with talent so you can do something completely different.
The other reason I am telling you this is because the crux of the matter is, can you really do well in sales or have a dream job or do anything for that matter and be excellent in it when it is not align to who you truly are?
The truth is - you can't.
So do yourself a favor - if you are not align - do something about it. Time is a resource when gone cannot be reclaim. Every other commodity can be created or made but not time.
Value your time. Value yourself.
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