Do you ever feel guilty about doing work you love and fulfilling your life purpose?
When I was 5, I wanted to become a primary school teacher. I loved learning new things and sharing my knowledge with other people.
Everyone I shared my dream with was so supportive. Why not? Teaching is a worthy vocation. You’re empowering people to succeed at school and in life.
But when I realised that an academic environment wasn’t for me and I’d rather be a writer instead?
That’s when the negativity started…
“Writing isn’t a real job, Giorgia.”
“You can’t make money writing.”
“You can’t really help people with that, can you?”
“Writing is nice, darling, but don’t you want to do something more meaningful?”
The message is clear: if you’re a creative, you can’t help people with your work.
That’s BS. And not just because the world would be a poorer place without the works of Jane Austen, Frida Kahlo, and Beyonce.
Truth is, every job that involves human imagination is creative. Electricians, teachers, sales assistants and anyone else brings creativity to their job when they need to solve a problem or reach a goal.
An electrician uses his creativity when he’s presented with an electrical issue he’s never seen before.
A teacher uses her creativity when she comes up with rhymes or games to get her lessons to stick in her students’ minds.
A sales assistant uses her creativity when she comes up with a new way to display products to double sales and ensure the people that need them see them.
Every job is creative. Every job is worthy. Every job helps people and benefits the world.
So why not do something that you love?
Why The World Needs You To Follow Your Passion
Remember when you were little and were playing around for the sake of it? An activity didn’t have to have a purpose. It just had to be fun.
As you grew up, you learned that if you do things for fun, you won’t be taken seriously. You’re pushed to do something society deems important, like becoming a doctor or a laywer.
If that’s not an option, you can get a job serving tables or sweeping floors. Those jobs are not glamorous, but they’re useful.
Doing a creative job is a waste of time, they say. It’s not meaningful. It’s not useful. What’s the point in doing it?
Because creative jobs (and they’re ALL creative jobs, remember?) are meaningful. They are useful. And they make you happy.
If there’s something you love so much, your soul calls you to do it for a living, answer that call.
It doesn’t matter if you’ll do it for a season or a lifetime, your passion holds the seed of your life purpose.
You owe it to yourself and the world to fulfill your life purpose.
Because your gifts help other people solve their problems.
Because your creative works bring people joy and make them forget about their troubles for a while.
Because your creative endeavours bring people together and help them connect and unite.
Because when you fulfill your life purpose, you inspire other people to do the same.
Because you’ll be miserable for the rest of your life if you don’t follow your dreams – and who wants to be around a grumpy, resentful person?
Doing the work you came on this planet to do makes you a happier, fulfilled person. It creates a ripple effect that touches anyone you meet.
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How To Turn Your Dreams Into Realistic Goals
FYI, I’m not suggesting you quit your job now to pursue your artistic dreams. It’s not realistic. You have bills to pay. Commitments to fulfill. People who rely on you.
But you can’t keep denying yourself your dreams and passions. They’re what makes like such an exciting adventure.
There’s a better way. Think of ways you can start acting on your dreams while you’re still at the day job. What’s the first step you need to take to make it happen?
When I first had the idea to pursue my passion for freelance writing, I started pitching articles to other bloggers and editors in my free time.
I wanted to test if they liked my ideas and thought I was good enough to write for their publications before I went all in, quit my day job, set up my website, etc…
This is also a smart way to discover if you actually like doing the work. Turned out, editors loved my writing, but I didn’t enjoy working with them!
TAKE ACTION NOW
Think about a creative dream you’d like to pursue. What do you need to do to make it happen? Break it all down into small, manageable steps and add them to your calendar. If it’s not scheduled, it doesn’t get done.
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Fulfilling your dreams and helping others don’t have to be mutually exclusive. You can do both – and make the world a better place for it.
Over to you, now. How would your life purpose benefit the world? Share your thoughts in the comments below.