Finding your Purpose in Life.
“Where do you see yourself in five years?” I asked myself this question contemplating why I even exist. As I looked around at the members of my place work, shuffling around without a care in the world. Complacent in the mediocrity of the 9 to 5, forever happy with being another face in the crowd. It was at that moment I realized that I would never be fulfilled lining the pockets of another, a paradigm shift was needed.
What is your motivation? What propels you to get out of your bed in the morning? Ah, the age old question that leaves plenty of individuals stumped. Is it wealth, power, influence, love, security, a sense of belonging or is it all of the above? It was when I could answer this question in absolute clarity that I realized how I was my approaching my life was invalid. At that moment I knew that it was time to shoot the works. Am I as smart as I think I am? Or would I continue living with disillusioned sense of self grandeur whilst not actually accomplishing anything meaningful. Would I risk absolute failure and bankruptcy if it meant becoming who I always envisioned myself as?
The thought of starting my own company always seemed daunting to me. I always told myself I would need to accomplish X in order to move onto Y. I woke up one morning saying that X has not come and would never come unless I changed my approach and willed it. Not enough startup capital? Rethink your strategy and optimize accordingly. The overhead required to hire employees is above your projections? Re-evaluate who is a necessity and who will be clogging the payroll on your books. Need a marketing team to spread your message but outsourcing is not within budget? Learn to do it yourself or sink.
I do not expect nor would I want everyone reading this piece to follow in my footsteps. That’s not what this is about. If your career choice whether it be photography, politics, art, finance, business, or working at McDonald’s gives you satisfaction then keep doing it. This is about asking yourself this question. When you wake up in the morning and look at yourself in the mirror; do you see the pinnacle of your existence or are you shuffling about without truly being alive?