I’m tired of meeting people who are slaving away for someone else doing work they don’t enjoy for people who don’t appreciate them. If that’s you, don’t stop reading. Not just this post, but just don’t stop finding inspiration that leads you to do what you love. It’s your life and it’s not worth it to waste it doing something that takes away a little piece of you every day.
Some might say, that not everyone can afford to live this way, but that’s up to you – if you subscribe to that thinking, it’s pretty clear you will end up being the one who can’t. So the way I see it, if you can get past that hurdle you are probably at least 50% of the way there. What’s the other 50% – experimenting, exploring and maybe, more importantly, saying no to things that aren’t what you want.
Here’s an experiment you can do right now if you are working for someone else doing something you don’t enjoy, ask yourself this question: Why don’t I enjoy it?
Is it because you have to get up too early? Doesn’t it inspire you? There’s no future in it or room for growth? Or worse… Do you feel unappreciated? Or taken advantage of?
Keep going until you figure out what it is you don’t like what you are currently doing… Maybe there’s nothing wrong with the job, it’s just that it’s not what you want to be doing. Maybe you want to make a difference, invest in a dream, be home to spend time with your family, solve real problems, create beautiful things and this job doesn’t give you that opportunity.
Whatever it is, zoom in on that feeling – remember it, but don’t get bitter about it. Use it to remind yourself why it’s so important to invest a little time each day in finding your ‘something else’. Maybe you can even start doing it on the side. Instead, look for something that motivates you, gives you some freedom and flexibility, makes a difference, changes lives of those around you, or just doesn’t suck as much as your current job…. you can take it in baby steps, there’s nothing wrong with that!
First, if you can start small and keep creating little improvements to what you are doing – eventually you won’t recognize your life, it’ll be that good. Look around from the position you are in and find a new angle to look at the situation. Blocked in one direction, take your idea and look at it another way – suddenly you’ll see a new opportunity. I know some of us don’t see our potential at first and we feel like we need someone to believe in us – that’s why we wait for someone to pick us, we need that validation, or, at least, we think we do.
So, here’s what I want you to do – try choosing yourself. Get a notebook, dedicate it to this idea of choosing yourself and start writing down your dreams and scribbling notes about things you might want to do. Get a book that inspires you. If you don’t like reading, find an audiobook or a documentary on someone doing something inspiring. Feed the idea that you have the potential. Because you do. The only time you don’t have potential is when you stop thinking you do. Believe in Yourself…
While I was browsing the web to find an inspirational talk to share with you, I came across Scott Dinsmore – the founder and Chief Experimenter at Live Your Legend, who has found his dream to change the world by helping people find what excites them. Unfortunately, Scott has sadly passed away after being hit by falling rocks while nearing the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro last September. This makes me think; life is too short to waste! Get out of your comfort zone – I bet that even your current work and life will feel better after finding an outlet for your dream and ideas – but don’t just stop there keep going after what you REALLY want anyway!
In memory of Scott, here is one of his talks at TEDx about “How to find and do work you love”.