I’ve spent my whole life searching for my purpose. Searching for something that drives me out of bed in the morning determined to make my mark on the world. For a long time it was wrestling, and then it was fighting. I was very fortunate to be able to find a hobby/profession that allowed me to shine at what I was best at: being tough (or at least pretending to be on TV).
As I am settling down into a more normal (for lack of a better word) routine, and I’m encouraging other people to go out and make their mark on the world, I’ve realized that maybe not everyone is as fortunate as I am. Maybe not everyone can make a living doing what he/she loves to do. One, you probably can. Two, there are other ways to find your purpose than quitting your job and becoming a professional fighter.
A few strategies to get started…
- Write down exactly what you would LOVE to spend your days doing.
- I used to imagine what I wanted to do before creating Addicted to Excellence and pursuing professional speaking, BUT I’d get jumbled when trying to tell someone else. It was so clear in my mind, but until I wrote it down and molded it into a real, tangible thing did it start to really make sense. (I was the guy that just kept talking because I was nervous to stop and hear silence).
- Take the time to actually search for someone who shares a similar passion, as obscure as it may seem.
- You’d be AMAZED at the amount of successful ideas that are utterly silly (applying makeup on Youtube, opening up chocolate candies on Youtube, creating a “Bilibo”). You’re not alone, and you’re idea is not too silly.
- If you “don’t have anything you’re good at”, find a cause you are interested in and get involved, OR take an introspective look and discover what you’re good at.
- Last week, I had the honor of attending the IAVA Heroes Gala in NYC. (I sat next to Craig from CraigsList!). There are few better intrinsic feelings than dedicating yourself to a cause that is much greater than yourself.
- Lewis Howes became uber successful by becoming an expert on LinkedIn. He was broke, living on his sister’s couch and spent his time making connections on LinkedIn (in hopes of getting a job). Soon, he knew everything there was to know about it and began teaching others. Today, he’s got one of the top podcasts (School of Greatness) out there.
Have a great weekend, and thank you all for the support on my book. If you haven’t yet, you can get your copy here.