Do you know your purpose?
Who am I? This may be the question all of all questions. Have you ever asked yourself who you are? Do you know your purpose? People of Noble descent are told from the time that there were born that they we born to rule. People who are born into wealth and privilege are groomed to follow in the footsteps of their parents. Bankers, Doctors, Lawyers, Athletes, Entertainers… the list goes on and on. Who are you? Who am I? What is your purpose? What is my purpose? My intent is not to offend you.
Who am I?
I have been on a mission to find out why I am here and who I am. I believe people need to look inside themselves and reconnect with their inner child. There is an article over at “Lifehack” that asks a lot of the questions I ask myself and ask others. If you had all the money in the world, how would you spend your time? What do you love to do? What did you love deep down before the world told you to get practical?
Do you know your purpose? Why are you here? Who are you? We have to figure out where we want to go before we can figure out how we are going to get there. I cannot tell you what you talent is and what you should be doing, but Steven Covey has written a great go to book on the subject. There are seven habits that highly effective and successful people use to move from self-mastery to working with others and finally into continuous improvement. Do you know them?
Who am I? What is my purpose? Why am I here? Do you know the Ten Commandments? What about the Seven Deadly Sins? How about the Seven Heavenly Virtues? Do you know them? Do you know where they come from? Do you agree with them? What do we do if we do not agree on God or even if we don’t believe in God? What do we do then?
I am not here to answer all questions to all people. I am here to challenge people to at least think about who they are and what is their purpose in life. I believe we are here to us our time and talents to make the world a better place, and to teach others how to use their talents. We are here to encourage either not squash each other’s dreams. We are here to find the win / win situations that work for everyone. We are here to gain wisdom; to learn and teach through doing, by working in our community as a community. I believe we can find our purpose by helping each other.
Do you know your purpose?
Being Happy does not mean you are blind to bad news.
So welcome to 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. I try to encourage people with my posts regardless of what I am going through. I could tell you bad news and horror stories to keep you in fear, but I try to find one good thing to hold onto every day. I hope you would do the same. So no matter what I am going through, I make it my personal duty to share something good.
Now, just because I say be happy and share good news does not mean I am blind to the fact that bad things happen. I am not even saying to ignore the bad news. I am saying spread good news. It is better to teach people how to prepare for a rainy day and be thankful for the sunny day than it is to complain when it rains. Without rain, we have no water. No water no food, no water no life, so we should be happy when it rains, and learn to make the most of it.
I was speaking at a Life after College Event, and another speaker said to dig you wells before you are thirsty. I have also heard to build your shelter before it storms. So I could tell you all the times that I have been caught out in the rain and all the things that have gone wrong in my life; or I could say “I am still here and I am still standing.” So I spread good news not because I am ignorant to bad things. I spread good news in spite of bad things.
If I can help one person make it through their day it was all worth it. Yes that is what I said when I started down this road a few years ago. Now I get 20, 30 or 40 views on an average day. No I have not set the world on fire, but even if 90% of it is spam then at least a few people are reading what I am posting. Maybe I am helping, but at the very least I am trying.
I have heard all the stories, and I read and watch the news. Bad news is everywhere. It does not need my help. Yes, I may warn people to watch out for what is going on around them, but then I tell them to make good choices and then be happy with your choices. If the people you hang around are dragging you down and killing your dreams, then stop hanging around them.
Spreading good news does not mean you are ignoring bad news, it means even though you hear bad news you continue to look for good news. Think about the last time you got up and drove to work. Lot’s of things had to go right for you to get to work on time. Now think of the day that the power is out when you wake up; or the time your car did start, or the time that an accident shut down the freeway on your way to work. Are you thankful on all the days that the bad things don’t happen? Some people do not have a car to drive to work and others may not have a job at all.
So maybe you have it better than you think. Maybe you are just focused on the bad things instead of the good things that happen? It is not your fault until you realize you do have a choice. I am here to give you that choice. I am here to make that choice every day for myself. I am here to share a good thing instead of sharing one or one hundred bad things.
Maybe one day the world will end, but it did not end today. Maybe one day my car may not start but it started today. Maybe I am a little behind on my bills, but I can always make more money. Maybe I am not feasting on steak and lobster every day, but I can still help out at a food bank a few times a year. Maybe everything is not going my way, but I can find something that is going my way and hold onto that bit of news. Maybe the good news is the news I choose to share. Being happy does not mean you are naive to bad news. It just means you choose to be happy. Be Happy!
How to find the job you want! The Three Types of Jobs in your career.
Are you looking for a job? Have you found a job and you are not happy? Are you looking for a Career? Most of us will change jobs to make more money, or because the job we had has been transitioned or lost due to the ups and downs of the economy. We will search the want ads and the jobs boards and interview any number of times as a working adult. While you are looking for a job you need to realize there are really only three types of jobs in your career; the job you have, the job you need and your dream job.
Do you have a job? If not, then you need to find any job. Stop looking for your dream job. We live in a “What have you done for me lately” society. The job you need right now may not be the job you want, more on that later; If you do not have a job, take any job you can find that does not put your life in danger or have you doing anything illegal or immoral.
The job you have right now is the foundation of your career. The job you have right now will supply some kind of income to make living possible. It may not be the job you want, but it will at least give you something to put on your resume and also give you some kind of reference. The job you have may not be your dream job, but it is a start. If you are not working, find a job; any job.
Most of us when looking for a job are looking for the job we want. We should be looking for the job we need. Let’s say I want to be the Guitar Player for the Beatles Reunion Tour. Well unless Paul and Ringo decide to tour together, I am barking up the wrong tree. Also, if I am not known as the Preeminent Second Coming of George or John, why would they hire me for the job? Sometimes the job we want does not exist. Other times the job we want is a real stretch to say the least. Now let’s say that I am a really good Beatles Songs Session Player, I may have to start or settle for playing in a Beatles Tribute Band. Now if I am not working as a musician, I need to start, get a gig, any gig and get my name out there. If I do not have a job, the job I need is any job. If I have a job, say as a plumber, then the job I need is a steady gig as a musician.
The job you have pays the bills and gives you a chance at the job you need. The job you need gives you the experience to be ready for the job you want. Let’s say I want to own a bank. I may have to take a job as a bank teller, and then try to get a job as a bank manager, so I can be in line to open a bank one day. Say I want to be President of the United States. Unless my name is very well known, I may have to start out running for the local school board or working on another person’s campaign. Once I get the a job any job, then the job I need may be running for a higher position like city council or becoming a campaign manager. First I need a job, any job. If I have a job; then I need to look for a job that will give me the experience to be in line for the job I want.
Sometimes you are next in the line for your dream job. Then the job you have is the job you need. This is the time that life is pretty good. People may offer you jobs that you don’t want while you are waiting for a shot at the job you do want. Keep your focus. The job you need gives you experience for the job you want.
Sometimes the job you have will not get you in line for the job you want or even the job you need. This is a great time to volunteer nights or weekends in a place where you can get the experience you need and build a network of references. If you try to volunteer at a place and they don’t want your help, move on to the next place. Someone out there is looking for what you can bring to the table, it may not be the first place you call or walk into.
Do you have a job? If yes then the job you need is the one that will get you more experience. If you do not have a job, then the job you need is any job that does not break the law or comprise your morals and principals. Are you in line for the job you want? If yes, then do a great job at the job you have. Help others be good at their job. Be the go to person that makes things better for everyone. If you are not in line for the job you want, expand your search. Do you need to go back to school, or attend some workshops? Can you volunteer somewhere to get the skills you need to be considered for the job you want?
Do you have the job you want? How will you know? You will know because you like what you are doing and you can get ahead of your bills. You will know because you are helping others be successful and you can control your destiny. You will know because other job offers do not appeal to you. This is also true when you are working at the job you need. You will feel needed and appreciated and you will feel like you are growing and learning. You will feel ready and able to take the next job, your dream job when called upon; and the people around you will feel like you are the right choice for your dream job when it comes open. When you are really on top of your game, someone may create a position just for you, or you may start your own business doing what you always dreamed of doing.
If Paul and Ringo called me up and needed a guitar player, I would ask them for a list of songs and jam all night to be ready to go first thing tomorrow. It would be a little late to not know how to play the guitar or not even have one to play. So the real question is how do I get on that short list?
So let’s recap. If you do not have a job; take any job that you kind find and build up your references. Volunteer while you are searching, network and someone may help you find that first job. If you have a job but you need more experience; volunteer somewhere or attend classes or workshops to gain the experience you need for the job you want. Find the job you need that will put you in line for the job you want. Don’t’ take it for granted. Be thankful for each day you are given and make the most of it.
1: Did you wake up this morning?
Give yourself 1 Point if you are still alive!
2: Did you wake up in a room that had a ceiling and four walls?
Give yourself 1 Point if you had basic shelter
3: Are you able to eat today?
Give yourself 1 Point and start planning for tomorrow.
4: Were you able to wash yourself / bath today.
Give yourself 1 point if you were able, no discounting if you choose not to partake.
5: Do you have something to do today?
Give yourself 1 point if you have anything on your to do list.
6: Do you have someone you can talk to if you need advice?
Give yourself 1 point; you are not alone, even if it means calling a 1-800 number for help.
7: Is your life currently in immediate danger?
If not: Give yourself 1 point; you have today and a good chance at tomorrow.
8: Can you think for yourself?
Give yourself 1 point; you have options
9: Can you communicate with others?
Give yourself 1 point; you have even more options
10: Are you thankful for what you have?
Give yourself 1 point; and never compare yourself to others!
OK, time for our scoring!
8 to 10 Points: Given this perspective, things are not so bad.
You have options! Now it is up to you to make the most of them.
5 to 7 points: You are still in the game.
Take it one day and one step at a time!
3 to 4 points: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We all need help from time to time.
Be thankful for any help you receive and keep at it, tomorrow is a new day.
1 to 2 points: Hang in there.
Find a place where you can get a fresh start, you have today! Every day we are given is a gift.
Every day is a Gift! Make the most of your today and be thankful for everything you receive. Wake up thankful tomorrow for another day and another chance. No matter what you are going through, someone else out there has been through it. You can get through it also!