There's one post that I've purposely been putting off to write. Countless books and articles have been written on the topic, spoken about on TED presentations and Oprah talk shows.
What more could I offer on the subject that would make a difference?
Yet I still feel compelled to write about it. It’s a topic I never tire thinking about for myself and others. What I’m referring to is the 'life purpose' post. I hesitate to write it because I worry I'll come off as hypocritical and banal.
Even though I've written before about what I'm looking to do in my dream job I still entertain fantasies about pursuing lots of different paths. Just thinking on the various business ideas I've had throughout the years makes me giddy. From product inventor to restaurateur to life coach and writer I can get myself in a tizzy over which one I care most about. So many things interest me and there are so many things I'd like to fix.
So how can I write about how to find a life purpose when I'm not even 100% sure of my own?
In short: because I’m learning that you don’t have to have one purpose in life. Even referring to the term 'life purpose' is missing the mark. You don’t have to rack your brain to discover what your calling is or your passion or your purpose! You shouldn’t feel guilty or ashamed that you don’t know. Career fulfillment and in turn life fulfillment can be a lot simpler than that.
I read a lot of self-help books. I also read a lot of career and leadership development books. Often when I’m done I'll take the extra time to research the biographies of these authors. What I've found is that none of these accomplished individuals pursued one and only one thing to do in their lives. They changed interests, changed careers, changed environments and grew wiser and richer (in more ways than one). True living I was starting to realize is about the variety of experiences you seek and being intentional about the person you become along the way.
So perhaps the ultimate life question turns even more personal and becomes: who is the person I want to be in the future? What does she value, in what ways does she help people and what does she work to change?
Asking those questions can lead one down a multitude of paths, but that’s not such a bad thing after all.
My name is Viola Minicozzi and I’m a HR professional looking to land my dream job in Phoenix, AZ. From December 1, 2015 through March 1, 2016, I’ve committed to blogging everyday on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter about my progress and a host of other career related topics along the way.
Join me on the journey. #90DaysToMyDreamJob