“Trouble Finding Your Purpose? Try this.” is part of a three-month writing challenge I’ve been posting on Medium. To view the article, click here. To learn more about this writing challenge, click here.
It was March 2015 when I made the first step to starting a Youtube channel and blogging.
I won’t lie, I was fucking terrified.
I had no direction, no real focus. Just some crazy idea and that I was hopeful it would work.
I left my job selling credit cards to random people for a life where my fate was in my own hands.
Although I completely screwed it up by doing jack shit for a few years, I am still grateful that I made this otherwise stupid move.
The reason I’m happy about it was that it helped me to find my true purpose for both myself and my business. This alone is one of the keys to finding your purpose.
Taking A Bold Step
If you are stuck and have absolutely no clue what your purpose is in life, the move that I encourage people to do is make a bold step.
This bold move could either be strategically implemented, which is something I’d recommend. Or if you are like me, you could do something stupid and throw caution to the wind.
However you want to do it, the choice is yours and yours alone to make.
It’s in these levels of desperation where we have to learn to either sink or swim. It’s a time where our beliefs and many aspects of our lives are put to the test. For this reason, I push people to build businesses. It builds people.
The Stupid Moves Are Always Stupid Until They’re Smart
Looking back at my life — at when I started my business — I can say that the move I made was dumb. I was reminded of that fact a number of occasions. But I pulled through.
Even now where my success is still quite small at the time I’m writing this, I still think it was a smart move. I can say that I’m making a consistent stream of income from the work I am making. Best of all I started with absolutely nothing to my name.
This sort of adversity can be emboldening. It’s why facing your fears can truly grow you.
Even if the stuff I’ve done has ended in utter failure, at least I have learned what my purpose is.
That alone is worth its weight in gold and makes all the difference.
Finding a purpose from a bold or stupid move will put you yards ahead of those who are stuck in their comfort zone, struggling for a way out.
A purpose changes you as you learn deeply about yourself and what you want to do. It sets up your actions for later down the road of life. Best of all, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
I’m not saying to take this leap right now.
Plan things out and find something that is both you and a bold thing to do. Surprise people with the decision in a good or bad way.
But make sure that this bold step is something you want to do.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon