Okay, I’m going to come right out and say it. You deserve more. You deserve to find meaningful work. Work that fills you up.
In other words you need to stop settling.
You may be content with life. Have a wonderful husband, a nice home, beautiful kids. You’re fortunate in many ways.
But do you sometimes meet with your girlfriends and ask, “Is this it? Or is there more to life?”
Do you talk about what it would be like to do something exciting? Dream about starting a business or learning something new? Maybe you even begin to create detailed plans.
Yet you never do anything more. You don’t change things. You accept the status quo.
A part of you feels guilty for wanting more. Why should someone like you want anything else out of life?
Well, if this is you, I want you to know… you do deserve more.
In fact, you owe it to the world to pursue your passion and do meaningful work.
How I Started Doing Meaningful Work
Eight years ago, I was newly married and had a corporate job in IT. I didn’t love my work. But it paid well and I was good at what I did.
For years I dreamed about doing more meaningful work. Something exciting. Creative work that impacted the lives of people I care about.
But I never took steps to bring these dreams to life.
Then along came our baby girl. And for the first time I was doing something important. I was now responsible for another human being. Life took on a whole new dimension.
I began to look at other areas of my life, besides being a parent.
I thought about my job. Which was okay but not exactly fulfilling.
I thought about the impact I was having in the world. Not much at all.
I thought about the dreams I had when I was a little girl. Like writing a book and discovering a cure for cancer.
And I wondered… when did I stop dreaming and start settling?
Does any of this sound familiar?
In my case, becoming a parent was the kick start I needed. I embarked on a journey of self-discovery and experimentation. I quit my corporate job so I could stay home with my kids and do more with my life.
No, I haven’t invented a cure for cancer. But I have started several businesses (not all of them successful), written five books, and learned a bunch of new skills.
At the time of writing, over 16,000 people have read one of my books.
In my own quiet way, I’m creating positive change in other people’s lives. Each day I wake up excited about the possibilities.
Women Who Are Changing The World
My achievements are modest. Though now I’ve started, nothing can stop me. I have plans to impact many more people.
You don’t need to look far to find women who are creating remarkable results. This Time article tells the stories of women who are changing the world.
These women dreamed big and took action. In doing so, they transformed their own lives as well as the lives of others.
One of my favorite stories, is Michelle Phan’s. She started out making beauty videos on YouTube. This eventually led her to create a $500 million business. That’s right… from YouTube videos to $500 million!
Michelle’s journey shows it’s okay to start small. You never know where your actions might lead. Here’s Michelle’s advice…
“Find a problem that you see in any industry. And if you’re very passionate about it. Find a solution.”
So, how about you? Have you stopped settling and started living?
What would your life look like if you pursued one of your childhood dreams?
How To Do Meaningful Work
Now, I realize you may be thinking, “That’s all well and good but I don’t have time to dream. I have a family, a job, commitments…”
Well this wouldn’t be a post from me, if I didn’t provide some practical steps. So, I have a challenge for you.
I challenge you to follow these three simple steps:
- Think of one dream you had as a kid (or, if you prefer, pick a more recent dream).
- Think about one small step you can take towards making your dream real.
- Take that first step today.
Remember what I said about starting small? Thousands of tiny steps add up to create remarkable results.
Here’s how this might look like for you. Let’s say you dream about becoming an interior designer. One small step might be to register for a training course. Or it may be to reach out to a designer friend and ask them if you can pick their brain.
Your first step will open more doors. But you don’t need to worry about those right now. Simply, take your first tiny step.
If you want more help, check out my Passion Challenge workbook. It shows you how to discover what you love doing and unleash your greatest potential.
What do you think? Are you up for the challenge?
I urge you not to wait. You have a unique set of gifts. You deserve to do great things with your life.
It’s time to stop settling. Download the Passion Challenge workbook above and start your meaningful journey today.