How To Find The Work You Are Made To Do

When I felt like God called me to become a writer, it came as a huge surprise to me. I didn’t grow up loving to write. Now it feels like the best thing I could be doing! So what happened?

I have been searching so long and hard to figure out; what the heck am I supposed to do with my life? What work is meaningful and fulfilling for me? I went on a mission to find my calling and my passion. Along the way I learned that I am not the only one who has been eagerly seeking to answer these questions. I believe that my calling/passion/purpose/work I was made to do (whatever you choose to call it) is something that will make me feel satisfied and fulfilled. In my search, I had thought I would be able to recognize it because I would probably have some natural talent for it and I would feel a sense of enjoyment and excitement over the work and its purpose.

I now think my assumptions about how to recognize it were wrong. Just because something is a struggle or takes extra work, doesn’t mean it’s not exactly what you are meant to do. Just because you have a natural talent for something doesn’t mean that is what you are meant to do. Fulfillment in your work comes from deep connection to the purpose of your work, not how easy it is. Sometimes, the struggle is the most meaningful and beautiful part of what we do. It is relatable.

Over the years of wondering what my passion actually is and what work fits me the best, I discovered that I was forming a passion for finding a passion. So, I guess that makes it kind of a meta-passion, right? Well, in the context of my own experiences and my developing passion for finding passion, it occurred to me that I didn’t need to wait for the perfect job or opportunity to just fall into my lap. I can start making a difference in the world right now — regardless of my job.

I decided to start writing about finding one’s calling and reaching for one’s greatest potential. You see, I may not be an expert on the subject (yet) because I haven’t reached some peak of success in my career or life, but I have authority on the subject by going through the process myself. The process is ongoing, and when I realized this, another truth came to mind.

You don’t need to be at the top of the mountain before helping another climber take the next step.

I can take the things I have learned and experienced so far and use them to make a difference in someone else’s life. I once heard someone say, “What is obvious to you is amazing to others.” It’s common for us to assume that our own knowledge, wisdom and experiences don’t matter, or aren’t significant enough, especially when we are young. That is simply not true.

It seems like a lot of people are just waiting for their purpose or calling, or for that perfect job. My advice to you is, stop waiting. A boat that isn’t being rowed won’t go anywhere. I didn’t figure out these lessons and passions by just waiting for lightning to hit me with an epiphany. I actively went out and tried a whole bunch of different things that served to eliminate the kinds of work that I didn’t like, and teach me all kinds of wonderful, and sometimes painful, life lessons that I can now use to serve other people. I traveled, served in the military, tried several different businesses, industries and opportunities, studied unrelated subjects in college, and more, all to figure out what I am meant to do.

If you feel stuck in work that is not fulfilling and meaningful to you and are still looking for something that gives you a sense of purpose and legacy in life, then don’t wait! Make time to try new things that you’ve never done before. Don’t quit your job if you don’t have to, you still need to eat and pay the bills, but while you work your day job, make time to do some exploring. If you have your own family, do it together if you can and make it memorable.

When you’re young (20s-30s), don’t worry about making a lot of money yet, go travel the world! I did, and I can tell you that there is no replacement for the experience, knowledge and wisdom you gain through having global experiences. The relationships and memories you build are priceless, and will help a lot in finding your passion and learning about yourself. You can travel without a lot of money. I had almost no income, but I did it through studying abroad, working abroad, and with family/friend support.

Here are a few other ideas:

  • Intern at a new job
  • Volunteer in different ways
  • Pick up a new hobby
  • Learn a new skill
  • Try a different industry
  • Spend time with new groups of people
  • Visit other cultures

Make a brainstorm list of all the new ways you can think to expand your knowledge, experience and comfort zone. The more you do, the more you’ll learn about yourself, what you like, what you don’t like, and what sparks your passion. Once you find it, use it to help others and make it into a business if you want! Success is in exploring and serving.

Stop waiting, take action, explore earnestly.

Your fulfilled life awaits, so get going!

Thank you for reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and found it useful.

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