Road to Fulfillment

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Do you feel that you’re going through life without direction? Do you feel empty and that your life has no meaning? You drift from day to day, from job to job unable to create something valuable because you lack the sense of identity and purpose.

There are many people who fail in life because they do not love what they do. Some do what others want them to do. Some people follow the crowd. A lot of us are trying to fulfill someone else’s dreams.

Simply because, a lot of us do not follow our own passion. Or haven’t found it yet. Some, fail to recognize it.

Each one of us is wanting to do what we love everyday. But we can’t do that if we do not know the direction to pursue.

We need to live a passionate life. For a life without passion is not worth living for.

Don’t follow the crowd, follow your passion instead. And then you will discover your purpose.

The Calling

You have a calling. You have a mission to fulfill. So that you will be fulfilled. People sometimes believe that having a mission is for certain people or groups of people only. But it’s for each one of us. That’s what I believe. And that’s how I live.

How do you find it?

Let me give you some guidance.

First is you identify what you want to do. What you love to do. What gives you the most joy, happiness and fulfillment? What do you love to do that even if you don’t get paid, you’d still do it? That’s your passion.

Hard to think? Alright, what did you like as a child? What are your hobbies?

(Warning: Sometimes, what you are passionate about is not your calling. For example, you love to dance. But dancing doesn’t love you. You know what I mean. Hehe)

When we work hard on something we believe in, it’s called passion. When we work hard on something we don’t believe in, it’s called stress.

—Simon Sinek

Next, where do you excel? Where do people say you are good at? Where have you been successful in the past? And when you do it, people are blessed. That is your potential.

If you were able to identify the thing that you enjoy and you’re very good at, you’re on the right track. Because your passion and potential are the keys to unlock your calling.

To know and follow your calling is very powerful. And there are remarkable people who found their passion, pursued it, and succeed.

The Beatles

We all know that The Beatles can play music (Duh!). They’ve created some of the grandest music that made such a global impact even for generations to come. But how did The Beatles evolve to be the best musical band of all time? In Malcom Gladwell’s book, Outliers, he described the time when the Beatles were still performing in German pubs before they became “The Beatles.” He said:

“The Beatles ended up travelling to Hamburg five times between 1960 and the end of 1962. On the first trip, they played 106 nights, of five or more hours a night. Their second trip they played 92 times. Their third trip they played 48 times, for a total of 172 hours on stage. The last two Hamburg stints, in November and December 1962, involved another 90 hours of performing. All told, they performed for 270 nights in just over a year and a half. By the time they had their first burst of success in 1964, they had performed live an estimated 1,200 times, which is extraordinary. Most bands today don’t perform 1,200 times in their entire careers. The Hamburg crucible is what set the Beatles apart.”

The Guardian, original post

And then the rest was history.

James Dyson

James Dyson is an inventor. And he was discontented at vacuum cleaners during his time, so he invented his own. But here’s the catch:

“When Dyson invented his first Dual Cyclone vacuum cleaner, which hit stores in 1993, he spent 15 years creating 5,126 versions that failed before he made one that worked. The payoff was a multi-billion dollar company known for its creativity and forward-thinking designs.”

Entrepreneur.com, original post

Only a passionate person will be willing to undergo 5,126 failures to create something valuable. For 15 years, just in case you didn’t get that.

But don’t be too overwhelmed by others’ success stories.

Let me share with you my friend’s story of passion.

Christine is a nursing assistant. One time after my talk about passion and purpose, she shared her story in our small group discussion. She said that she is very good in “motivating” mothers who are about to give birth in the delivery room.

She said, she would touch them and say, “umabot ka na din dito, matagal kang nagtiis, it’s your time to shine!” Even though it sounds funny, she said that she loves doing that. She’s very good in lifting their spirits in times of painful labor. And Christine finds great importance in that deed. She is a motivator. She encourages mothers in their time of physical and emotional pain. That’s her calling.

If you find meaning and joy in what you do. If you wake up every morning with the desire to fulfill your calling, your purpose, then you are on the road to fulfillment.

You have a calling. Don’t ever think otherwise. Find it. Embrace it.  And God will use you in an amazing way.

Friend, I pray that you find your calling and bless the world with it.

The Author

Hi! My name is Mark Lester Fernando. I am a youth leader, writer, speaker, basketball and science enthusiast (I also work in a science community), and an aspiring voice talent. I love to see God in all things, be it simple or complex. From it, I am able to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. I like to inspire people and write about experiencing the good in everything. I invite you to find peace amidst your busyness and discover the Lord of All Things.

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