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Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose

Achieving Unlimited Success in Business and Life

Achieving Unlimited Success in Business and Life

Recently I have had the opportunity to speak with different groups about the concept of finding your true passion in business and life. The idea that what you do is what you love to do. Knowing yourself, finding your true purpose in life, is the essence of true and real happiness. You have to be, before you do, to have lasting inner peace. In other words, making a living is not the same as making a life. Find what makes your heart sing and create your own music.

Many people work all their lives and dislike what they do for a living. In fact, I was astounded to see a USA Today survey earlier this year that said 53 percent of people in the American workplace are unhappy with their jobs. Loving what you do is one of the most important keys to living a “true and real” life.

You can’t fake passion. It is the fuel that drives any dream and makes you happy to be alive. However, the first step to loving what you do is to self-analyze, to simply know what you love. We all have unique talents and interests, and one of life’s greatest challenges is to match these talents with career opportunities that bring out the best in us. It’s not easy — and sometimes we can only find it through trial and error — but it’s worth the effort.

Ray Kroc, for example, found his passion when he founded McDonald’s at the age of 52. He never “worked” another day in his life.

John James Audubon was unsuccessful for most of his life. He was a terrible businessman. No matter how many times he changed locations, changed partners, or changed businesses, he still failed miserably. Not until he understood that he must change himself did he have any shot at success.

And what changes did Audubon make? He followed his passion. He always loved the outdoors and was an excellent hunter. In addition, he was a good artist and, as a hobby, would draw local birds. Once he stopped trying to be a businessman and started doing what he loved to do, his life turned around. He traveled the country observing and drawing birds, and his art ultimately was collected in a book titled Audubon’s Birds of America. The book earned him a place in history as the greatest wildlife artist ever. But, more importantly, the work made him happy and provided the peace of mind he’d been seeking all his life.

Can you say the same about what you are doing today? Do you get out of bed every day looking forward to your job or to running your business? You may love the work you do but maybe struggle with some of the challenges you are presented with. Don’t give up on what you love … find a way to get the support you need to discover your sense of fulfillment. Of course, if you’re not doing what you love then it is time for some self reflection and maybe a change.

Does this article sound at all like you? Let me know where you are in your journey to find fulfillment through your work. If you are living the dream, then what is it about your current situation that makes it so special? If you are like the 53 percent of those unhappy with work, what is causing the dissatisfaction and what is hold you back?

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