Here is a pretty good blog post – with a collection of thoughts, ideas and inspirational musings on how to find your purpose….and do what you love for a living, that I wanted to share.
I especially liked this post (at the link below) because…….the one sure thing you discover in the pursuit of finding wise words about PASSION on the web….and truly trying to latch on to some ideas you can use to pursue YOUR sense of passion and purpose in the world (your being the operative idea there) is the endless amount of droll drivel out there in the blogosphere……pontificating about what it means to be a success, what successful people do (or don’t) and all of that other nonsensical nonsense and new age ninkinpoopedness that leads us all to feel WORSE about ourselves when we’re done, then when we began.
I mean, how many times have we read a blog post about the “rules” of success – and what people who “win” do better than the rest of us mere mortals…..or about how X celebrity, or entrepreneur or athlete, got so damn successful, based on ABC set of traits….only to find out later that celebrity exhibit A also happened to be a world class cheat or creep or fugazi and a complete fraud….that everything you thought you knew, and could never do, really had nothing at all to do with what it really meant to get a goal in the first place?
I truly believe success HAS to be measured subjectively….from your own prism and perspective – what makes YOU feel good about YOU.…to mean anything worthwhile at all.
(otherwise it’s all just a bunch of bumper sticker quotes which no body really follows or believes in…and those of us who try to emulate those traits are only doing ourselves a dis-service in confidence or competence….when we find we can’t live up to the lofty expecations we’re told are required to dance in the direction of our dreams, the inevitable outcome is always feeling like it’s US who aren’t good enough, rather than the rules that were warped and out of wack all along)
Things are never quite the way them seem from the outside looking in…and that’s why I truly believe you’ve got to be able to “filter the fluff” and see through all of the self help style “rules” about what it takes to do what you LOVE for a living, and instead….just march to your own beat and do things that inspire you, make you feel like you are playing full out with your own natural gifts….and sharing them with the world in such a way as you can’t almost help but be a financial success as well.
Anyway – I really liked a few of the quotes on this blog below – and thought they were worth sharing – make your own rules – define what success feels like to YOU – it may not be money – it may be contribution – or connection – or even a simple sense of joy that you get from immersing yourself in something you love.
As long as they work for YOU – and for the right reasons – you’ve got more wisdom than most.
Check out the full article at the link following the short excerpt below.
One of the interesting things about success is that we think we know what it means. A lot of the time our ideas about what it would mean to live successfully are not our own. They’re sucked in from other people. And we also suck in messages from everything from the television to advertising to marketing, etcetera. These are hugely powerful forces that define what we want and how we view ourselves. What I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but that we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we’re truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of the journey that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”