Thomas Edison Said,
“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”
Could it be that simple, really? Knowing purpose, and your reason for being, could it be as simple as doing what you love to do?
Am I being naive to think that it could be that clear, that simple? Here is what I know. It’s definitely not as difficult to figure out as we make it. I didn’t say it was easy, I said it was simple. There is nothing easy about walking out your dream, or working to accomplish your goals. It takes a maximum amount of effort to get to where you want to go with your life, but as far as discovering what that dream is, lets not make it more complicated than it needs to be.
If money, resources, time, and connections were no object what would you be doing with your life? Do you like what you are doing? Does it make you want to jump out of bed in the morning. Is it deep enough in you that when it gets tough you will press through and gain ground, or is it something you are doing to merely exist?
If you don’t love or have passion for what you are doing, why are you doing it?
There was a time in my life when I was starting an organization that I was truly passionate about. In order to fun it I had to do a job that paid my bills but was not what I was passionate about. It was not in my wheel house. It wasn’t my strength, gift, or skill set. I hated it. The people that worked there were living in mediocrity and wanted everyone else around them to be just as mediocre. It was a negative environment and it was adding very little value. Every day I jumped out of bed and went to that place, so I could pay my bills, to ensure that I could continue to do what I was truly passionate about.
Even though it was my passion that was giving me the impetus to move forward, there came a point where I had to quit that job, because it was everything I didn’t want for my life. I found a way that was more in line with my passion and my life has continued to move down that track. I was so effected by that experience that it pushed me to refine my understanding of what I was truly created for, and I have been pursuing that with all my heart since that time.
I realized that the passion of my heart, the thing that stirred me like no other, the thing that caused me to want to jump out of bed in the morning and face the obstacles and pressures again and again was to add value to people by producing potential in leaders. To help people mine out the potential that is on the inside of him. In every context that is what I end up doing. If I am leading the church my focus will be developing leaders, helping people find purpose. If I am working on global efforts I find its not need, or compassion that motivates me, as much as it is seeing potential in people, who need the opportunity to develop it.
I can go to a movie and if its about someone who realizes their potential against all odds, I will find myself being emotionally moved by it, at a greater level than those around me, because its my passion.
“Your passion is directly related to you reaching your potential.” -John C. Maxwell