Why am I doing what I do? Do I like what I do?
These are important questions that have undoubtedly tormented all of us, and in which the answer is often either vague or unfulfilling.
I will begin this essay by referring to some moments from my childhood. Well, when I was 5-6 years old some old people used to ask me the classic question of what I want to become when I grow up. The answer I gave them (as my mother told me a few years later) was that I wanted to be in a big office and the phones to be constantly ringing and a lot of people to enter. Then the others somehow felt embarrassed, wondering why I was saying that.
Later, at the age of 12-13, in some garbage I found an old sign that wrote “General Manager”. I picked it up and put it on my room’s door. It was clear what I wanted to do in my life. I did not know how to express it in a more specific way; I was obviously ashamed, but I knew what I wanted.
This helped me when the time came to decide what to do with my life. And I can state with confidence that what I do is what I was dreaming of since I was a young boy. All the difficulties of the world would not have been able to stop me. Do you know why?
BECAUSE I HAD A VISION!
I knew what I wanted to do and I knew the reason I wanted to do it. Of course the reason was constantly changing, but there was always a reason I knew myself.
I am sure that many people will have experienced something similar; they would have had signs of what they wanted to do from a very young age. Did they do what they wanted in the end? That’s the key issue here. We all admit that what is important to a man’s happiness is not necessarily how much money he makes out of the profession he does, but whether what he is doing is what he dreamed of doing. How many examples of friends and partners who followed someone else’s way and not theirs can all of us think of? For example, someone wanted to become a musician but became a doctor instead because his father was a doctor. And there is quite a number of similar examples.
The message I want to convey is, firstly, to realize that all of this is real, it is true, and unfortunately quite a frequent phenomenon. The consequences are pretty painful – I’ve seen it happening. People who do not like what they do, they do it mechanically and without any pleasure, without any interest in evolving, without love. The result is: Mediocrity, misery, jealousy and other negative emotions.
But the good news is that we are human! We are not trees! We can move! We can change! You know, one of Man’s greatest abilities is the ability to change his mind. Do not waste time if you do not like what you are doing. Find the courage to change your life. There is no more important thing for someone to be the cause in his life, namely to lead his life where he wants to and not to feel adrift.
And for those who believe that this is a big risk, allow me to say, my friends, that the greatest risk is the one you take right now, that leads you towards mediocrity and misery with mathematical precision.
Look around you. Almost everyone knows what they are doing.
They have a title, a named quality. Someone is a lawyer, another is a secretary, another is a distributor, etc. Most know how to do it. The lawyer knows the laws and defends his client, the secretary knows how to correspond and keep notes, etc.
Only a few, though, know why they are doing what they are doing!
The answer to why a person is doing what he does is what emphasizes the purpose. It shows to someone what his vision is, what is the cause of why he does what he does.
And that’s what brings real power. Real power stems from the self-determined decision of the individual to do what he wants. When he knows why he does it, this power multiplies and shields him to the point where nothing can stop him.
So ask yourself why you do what you do.
Do not stop wondering until you are absolutely sure of your sincere answer. Change what does not please you and live your life to the fullest. Do not put up with less for any reason.
BECOME THE BEST IN THE WORLD ON WHAT YOU DO! AND THEN THE WORLD WILL BE BETTER.
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