In yesterday’s post I said that your assignment was not a decision, but a discovery. And I think what you do for a living gives you clues. That doesn’t mean, however, that if you are currently working at Dairy Queen as a cashier that your future is in ice cream. (But it might be.)
I have been a dishwasher, cook, and construction worker. But those things were not my career, and certainly not my assignment. But they did some important things.
First, they bought me time to sort out who I was, and what I wanted in life. Second, they gave me some income, so I had the security of having my survival needs met, so I could experience that discovery process of myself. And probably more important than all...
Those jobs built the work ethic, discipline and experience I needed to become who I am. Which naturally led to my natural assignment. Teaching prosperity principles around the world.
It wasn’t always fun, but I wouldn’t change anything along the way. Not one hardship, one challenge, or one setback. Because every single one of those things was a critical ingredient in my character development.
I told you it took about nine months to discover that retirement was not an option for me. What happened?
I came to realize very quickly how fast my intellect and other mental faculties could atrophy. If I would have stayed retired another six months, I would have been happy to sit at home evenings and watch “CSI.” Which would be a fate worse than death.
I think we need work that we are passionate about; work that has us ripping off the sheets in the morning, eager to get to it. I have found that, and it contributes a tremendous amount to the fulfillment and joy I experience in life. The work I do, is my assignment; they are one and the same.
I think everyone in order to really reach a self-actualized state, really does have to find work that does this for them. And that may not be the job you have at the moment. That job may be a stepping-stone for you, as many of mine were for me.
Which is not to say that every mother (or father) should work at a job. I think of my friend Melissa Hasson. Her full-time work is raising her beautiful kids, and it has as much passion and meaning for her, as my work does for me. Now when her kids are grown, she may decide to teach, become a nuclear engineer, or develop a vaccine. But right now she has a passion with her work of the moment.
Do you have something you’re passionate about now? What about obsessed?
What would you say if I suggested that you must have an obsession about something in order to have a great deal of success at it? Please share your thoughts on this, and we’ll pick up there on the next post.