Finding Your Purpose: Questions to Ask Yourself
Do you know how to find your purpose? If you posed that question to several people, the majority would likely answer no. It’s because there is a world of possibilities. People are afraid to try something new out of fear of the unknown. They often don’t know how to go about looking for what they should be doing. The process of finding my purpose began with asking myself some hard questions…
You need first to ask if what you are doing now is satisfying. Put aside the bills and your paycheck for a moment. Do you get a charge out of getting up every morning to go to work? How do you feel on Sunday evenings, assuming you start up work on Mondays? Do you dread having to get up in the morning on Monday, or does it excite you?
For me personally, I had reached a point in my life where teaching in the classroom full-time, and working part-time as a real estate broker and residential appraiser was no longer satisfying. I was willing to take the time and make the effort to leave teaching and real estate in 2006, in favor of starting an online business that has changed my life in so many ways.
Another problem is you may feel stuck doing something in which you don’t believe. Suppose you work for a company that isn’t doing right by the community. It may be legal, but you don’t feel it’s ethical. It pays well, and that is why you stick with it. You even like many of the people who work there.
However, the company sells something that makes your stomach turn. An example of this could be working for a tobacco company. You need to ask yourself if you can continue to work in an environment which doesn’t fit well with you.
You will also need to ask yourself what will it take to make changes to get out of your current situation and into something you enjoy. It may require going back to school or at least, training online. Luckily, there are several options available, and many of them are cheap or free. I had been a professional student for many years, and coming online meant that I could learn everything I needed to know in order to get started through online courses and programs, as well as by reading books on the topics of entrepreneurship, marketing, and copywriting.