I always thought I would be discovered. I thought some teacher or adult would tell me what I should be when I grew up.
I thought somebody would see my hidden talents and out me. Tell me,“You’re special.” Or at least: “You’re so good at that.”
At the time I didn’t care what they said, I just wanted them to tell me, for godsakes.
I was a kid. I felt confused. What should I be, what should I do with my life??
Then I was an adult. I felt confused. What should I be, what should I do with my life??
Then I was 50. I felt confused. What should I be, what should I do with my life??
I waited for some epiphany (that never came.) I waited for a significant conversation (that never came.) I waited for a compliment from somebody in power, some expert.
I had it all wrong. Totally and completely ass backwards. Nobody was going to pick me. I had to pick myself. (Go read James Altucher’s Choose Yourself, it’s brilliant.)
And you do, too.
Your vocation, or your career, or your path, or whatever you want to call it, is a total a Do-It-Yourself job.
You’re not Lana Turner. Nobody is going to discover you sitting in a drugstore.
You have to make your life from scratch, yourself. Your life is a process. You will figure yourself out gradually, one project at a time.
So create an exciting project for yourself. Doesn’t matter what it is as long as you feel amped about it. Then totally invest.
Don’t pray. Don’t meditate. Wait, no. Definitely meditate. Meditate every single day, but not with the hope that your vocation will be revealed to you during your meditation. That’s not going to happen.
Your life mission will be revealed to you when you’re waist deep in some challenging and exhilarating project.
And, while we’re at it, there is no such thing as a life mission. But there are life missions. Plural. People now have 14 jobs over their lifetime. Not one. So you can lose that idea of working at the same place your whole life
Not happening. Old paradigm.
Careers are fluid now. We morph and grow into different kinds of jobs, different kinds of work. Everything is changing constantly.
I wish someone had told me this a long time ago. It would have saved me a lot of passive hang-wringing and worrying.
I wish someone had kicked me in the butt and said, Stop worrying about your vocation; stop asking that idiotic question: What do I want to be when I grow up. Just go out and DO SOMETHING.
Get a project, and grow up.