Titles and Roles Never Lead to Passion and Purpose
[onehalf] Passion and purpose, it’s a dream many of us desire but it’s an endeavour that not many of us will dare to explore.
Passion and purpose is this feeling of being excited and motivated to accomplish something significant that is bigger than you.
The problem lies in the fact that most of us tend to gravitate toward a title or a role rather than
character traits, strengths and skills. For example, when we were kids the teacher would ask us… “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And of course we’d answer the question with something like… “I want to be a doctor – A lawyer – An engineer – A teacher, etc. …” Some of us even said, “I want to be an astronaut.” But most of the time the answers were titles and roles.
So since childhood we’ve been developing this belief that our person is best described by a profession that we hold. So we chart a path to become this person. We go to school. We get a degree. We find a job then settle in to a role and we become this person for several decades or until the day arrives when we wakeup to feel completely devoid of purpose.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news. The role you play or the title you hold isn’t really who you are at the core.
You see! In order for you to even be a lawyer you would need to be shrewd, strategic, influential and competitive, and love to debate, serve the public, and make a difference. I’m not saying you can’t be a lawyer if you don’t possess those skills and values, but I am saying that unless you do being a lawyer will be just another job. It won’t be fulfilling.
[onehalflast] Let’s go one step further. Imagine for a moment that you were a lawyer but could not practice law. Something happened to you and you lost your license.
Does this mean because you’re not a lawyer anymore that you’re nobody?
Does it mean you have to go back to school in order for you to become somebody again?
What if you had a high level of emotional intelligence and knew you were shrewd, strategic, influential, and competitive with a passion for debating, serving the public and making a difference? Would this information help you to feel like someone? Could it help you to look for a new career, a passion and purpose?
What if I told you that in order for you to live your passion and purpose you would need to let go of the title and role you believe you need to live up to and to start to explore your god given gifts and talents to do something that is near and dear to your heart. Would you explore your passion and purpose?
Sadly, less than 3% of you will. Some of you already believe there’s no hope. Some of you believe you won’t earn a decent income doing what you love. And most of you will be too afraid to let go of your titles and roles because without them you believe there’s nothing else left…
… But there is! There’s a lot underneath titles and roles. If you strip them away what’s left are your gifts, talents and character strengths, your values and your needs. And its up to you to discover them!
Isn’t it time for you to start to self-discover? Your passion and purpose is waiting for you. [/onehalflast]