Have you ever woke up on a Monday morning and thought to yourself Life Is Great! Yeah me either.. until now. I quit my job several times, like several times. A lot of people frown upon doing that mainly because a key component of being an adult is being responsible and paying bills. That includes keeping your job because you need it to pay those bills. I have a different mindset though.
I am a woman of strong faith and I am truly led by prayer and God's grace. A lot of people aren't faith driven and rely on Google research to guide them. I am a firm believer that everyone on this earth has a purpose. We were all born with a gift to make the world a better place. If we sit on our gifts behind a desk working 9-5 we will never give the world what God gifted us to do.
In order to figure out what your purpose is you have to take a leap, a huge leap. You have to jump off of your everyday routine and make yourself uncomfortable. You have to do the things that everyone said you couldn't do. You have to do the things that you said you couldn't do because you didn't have the money or confidence to do it.
Before doing that though you have to ask yourself what makes you genuinely happy. What makes you get out of bed every morning? Don't say your family or your kids. Think about yourself for one minute. What brings you true happiness?
This is a question that we all neglect to ask ourselves on a consistent basis but we don't realize that, that one question is what makes us who we are. Your passion & purpose flows through your veins and makes you feel alive. In order to find that feeling you have to fail first. You have to fail at everything you think it might be in order to find your true gift.
For myself, I worked in production and interned at so many networks and TV stations and learned that I was truly happy working in television. However, the more I worked for someone else's company I learned the politics of the work world. It's not about what you know it's about WHO you know.
We sometimes need help with establishing ourselves and having a mentor or a friend who we can confide in is a great help. Our network definitely determines our net worth so try to surround yourself with like minded individuals who want to see you succeed. They will be your biggest assets.
Throughout finding my passion I've had people who talked me out of doing what I loved and told me to play it safe and stay at my comfortable job even if I wasn't happy. The women in my life who were living in their passion however told me the opposite. They told me to start my blog and pray for a career that wouldn't let me be stagnant doing the same thing everyday.
I jumped and followed my heart and God caught me every... single... time. There was never a point in my life where I felt like jumping was a mistake. Each new job, I made more money and learned new things that I've applied to my brand and to my next venture. I don't regret anything. Ironically enough, each new position came to me I never applied for it. God positioned someone in my life to present a new opportunity to me in HIS timing.
I've been in uncomfortable situations where I had to do things that I wasn't good at like math for instance. I suck at math but Lord knows I learned that day. I made myself uncomfortable and learned budget management and allocation and was able to get more executive roles because I had a more advanced skill than other people who had production experience. If I had stayed at my first job I would have never learned and experienced the amount of things I've done over the course of one year.
Finding your passion starts with taking risks and figuring out what you DON'T like. I learned what I don't like and because I left my nest of comfort I was able to gain new positions and figure out what I wanted to do long term. No, I don't want to skip around job to job for the rest of my life, but through working at different companies I've experienced different people, work cultures, salaries, attitudes, ethics, hierarchies, and so much more.
I encourage everyone to be spontaneous and leave the job you hate and take a job that will enable you to experience new things. You will find your passion through taking risks so give it a try. You may also meet someone at your new job who can help you reach your goals. You won't know until you jump.
Finding your passion is not an over night task and it may even take years but knowing that you are staying true to your craft and to yourself is a much better feeling than sticking to something you hate. I know so many people who feel defeated and are on the edge of breaking down because they are afraid to leave their 9-5 and follow their heart. It is hard for sure especially if you have children, bills, and debt but I promise you if you make the jump God will catch you, I promise.
Stay true to yourself and everything will fall into place. You were created for a purpose and with a purpose. Don't give up on it.