By Jeff Bullas
I sat down to take the first lecture. And within minutes I knew that something was wrong.
I felt it.
Despite the feeling I pressed on. Kept showing up to those lectures.
I had been brought up to commit and persist.
It’s a quality that can work for you or against you. Our parents often teach us these skills.
But despite the inner voice getting louder I continued to the end of that first year.
The course I had selected was an accounting degree.
Ever felt like a square peg in a round hole?
That was me.
I was oil and the choice was water.
It didn’t mix.
So I made a pivot.
Decided to become a teacher. My accounting major was replaced by a teaching degree.
So I felt more at ease. Sort of comfortable.
But when I did my first stint at “practice teaching” where you spent 2 weeks in a real school teaching that now familiar foreboding feeling made its presence felt again.
Despite this I finished my 4 years and secured my first teaching appointment.
I then headed south to an unfamiliar city. It was great school with supportive friendly colleagues.
But the feeling persisted.
Turning up to school every day was a chore. I looked at some of the older teachers and some loved their work.
Others just looked tired, worn out and cynical.
I gave that career 5 years and then I moved on.
I needed to find why I was on this earth and teaching people who didn’t want to learn wasn’t it.
We call them teenagers.
The adventure continued and the hunt was on. I had decided not to settle for stability.
I needed to find my calling.
I wanted more from life.
And it was scary as I moved into the unknown.
What was my passionate purpose?
It took me decades to find it.
Leaving a career that wasn’t me was the best decision I ever made.
Along the way there were tears, pain and challenges.
But I wouldn’t change anything.
The big question
So how do you discover your passionate purpose?
That is one of life’s biggest questions and I don’t have an easy answer.
My journey was mine alone.
But maybe I can provide some hints. Maybe a guide to unearthing the reason you’re here.
Joseph Campbell (The author of “The Heroes Journey” and “The Hero with a Thousand Faces) calls passionate purpose “Follow your Bliss“.
“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
What it isn’t
Following your bliss doesn’t mean….
Because you like watching Netflix that you become a movie critic.
You love running you and so you become a professional athlete.
Also it often isn’t just one thing for the rest of your life.
It isn’t static.
It will evolve.
What do others say?
So how do you discover your passionate purpose? Here are a few clues.
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