| | Do not ask what the world needs...
"Do not ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive. For what the world needs is more people who have come alive."
Hi everyone. I have been struggling for some time with finding my purpose, my ideal career. When I came across the quote above I thought wow, that makes a lot of sense! I quickly honed in on a career path that I felt would make me come alive; would fill me with enthusiasm! It's a field, a topic that really interests me and I feel would keep me stimulated and happy for the long term.
But, the contribution factor in this career, in the larger scheme of things, seems somewhat trivial. I have this nagging thought that it's selfish.. that pursuing something that is fun, satisfying, and stimulating for me is not what it's about. That what it's really about is going out there and providing a service that REALLY helps people. There are people starving or who live in poverty around the world. There are young kids in our schools that need dedicated teachers. There are people who are in need of healing in so many different areas where I potentially could help if I dedicated myself to getting the skills to help them. I know it would be fullfilling for me but it's not something that when I think about I feel tremendous excitement and joy about. It doesn't bring out the kind of enthusiasm and excitement my first career choice does.
Can anyone relate to this? Anyone in support of this approach to finding your purpose and ideal job. Of doing what turns you on so that you'll be happy which in turn will impact the world in a positive way as a natural outcome of your happiness?