How many people work a job for a paycheck? Go to college and pick an area of specialization for the sole reason that that career “pays well.” I’ll give you a personal experience of how i chose Georgia Tech. My senior year of high school, i had a physics professor that was notorious for failing students. So our final was 3 hours long and was suppose to be extremely challenging. I finished the final in 45 minutes and as i walked out the room, he asked me “are you sure you don’t want to review your answers?” i replied, ” i have already reviewed every answer 3 times” Shocked he said have a good day and i left the class. the following monday he stopped me in the hallway and randomly asked me, “what universities have you been accepted to?” i gave him the list of schools and when i stated “Georgia Tech,” he stopped me and said, “i think you should go to Georgia Tech and be an engineer because you are good at math and physics” That one statement dictated my next steps in life. I didn’t go to Georgia Tech because it was a top university. or because i was passionate about creating the next revolution in technology. or because i even wanted to be an engineer. I chose my career path because someone told me i was good at math.
This tends to be a common situation in the world where we become and pursue what other people persuade them to do. but very few are strong willed enough to “rebel” against the people close to them in their life that are doing it for “their best interest.” But “best interest” is not always “my interest.” It took me 35 plus jobs, several firings, and much experimentation to realize what i love to do. i was a fulltime poet for 6 months. that was one of the happiest times of my life. Probably the least profitable but a learning experience. 😉 I learned so much in that time. And the most important lesson that i learned is that you have to love what you do or you will not be living life but merely surviving and “existing.” And i do not want to exist. i want to leave something. i do not have to change the world. but i want my son to know that his father did what he loved. Danced to the rhythm of his own drum. and was not persuaded to do something outside of my morals, beliefs, passions, motivation, and purpose in life.
If you love what you do, then you will never work another day in your life. It saddens my heart when I walk into corporate office that i consult for. and i can see the unhappiness of the people in the company. i like to find out what makes people click. What pushes people to be happy. The expression and reaction that i receive when i ask people 2 questions. (1) Do you like your current position and the drastic physiological positive change when i ask (2) If you do not love it here, then “What do you want to do?” the only disheartening time of these moments is that the expression normally changes from happiness to slight depression as they begin to contemplate what they are saying and feel in their heart that they do not believe that they will ever be able to do it. What has happened in people’s lives that they do not believe they can do anything that they want. Because…
“The only place that Fear can exist is in the thoughts of the future. The product of our imagination causing us to fear things that at present and may not ever exists.”
Fear of failure is learned. the only fears that science has found that we are born with is the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. *side note* i have noticed those with babies before i researched it lol. Everything that you believe you cannot do was learned or taught through people and figures that you respect their opinion. parents, friends, family, celebrities, teachers. I know you can do it. I’m nothing special. but the only difference between what i have accomplished from publishing a novel to co-founding an international corporation is that i believed i could and refused to quit when i had every reason known to man to believe that i could not.
“You cannot outproduce your vision. You WILL become what you believe. nothing more and nothing less.”
Have a blessed day. each day do at least one thing that will get you one step closer to creating or working in a Labor of Love.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
Do not look at the impossibility of walking a thousand miles but take one step at a time and enjoy the process and think about the now but keep a mind’s eye of the end goal and the future and one day you will unknowingly realize that you have finally reached the thousandth mile. and your Labor Of Love