At a recent networking event, I met a young woman who was recently downsized and desperately seeking her next position. As we talked, she spoke enthusiastically and with passion for what she loved doing. Her face literally lit up when she spoke about her dream career. I asked her, “So, why don’t you just start your own business doing exactly that?”
And the excuses began: “I’m a single mom. There’s not enough work to keep me employed. Other people have a bad image of ‘consultants’” and so on. We spoke for a few minutes longer, and when she saw I wasn’t going to commiserate with her plight or let her off the hook for not following her bliss, she went on to find a more sympathetic ear.
Life oftentimes throws us a curveball to see how committed we are to making our dreams come true. Yes, it takes hard work to start your own business, and it can be extremely frustrating at times, but the payoff in finding your purpose makes it all worthwhile.
A friend once told me about the two most important days of a person’s life – the day you are born, and the day you find out why. Think about one thing that you can do TODAY that’s just for you. You never know where your path will lead you when you discover your life purpose.
Don’t die with your music still inside you. The very thing that lights you up will change your life – as well as the lives of others.
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