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Find your true calling!

“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking, and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking, don't settle.” ~ Steve Jobs

A new beginning....

What did you want to be when you were younger? Why have you (not) become this?

Why do you get up in the morning? and hundreds of questions like these are meant for us to self-reflect to identify what we are in The question book written by Mikael Krogerus. 

It was calm, tranquil, and peaceful on a Saturday evening; as a result of which I have decided to read this book in my brand new Amazon Kindle. After a week filled with stressful work, I have decided to read this book to decompress myself and also to introspect myself. "As a matter of fact, this is going to be a worthwhile activity to know myself," said a deep voice inside me. 

What is a true calling?

True calling means "What do you want to do in life?" In other words, your heart says that your real purpose lies in carrying a particular activity. It is state in which we are motivated, passionate, energetic, committed, and so on. Psychologists call this activity "Intrinsically rewarding". You do it for the pleasure of doing it. Let us be honest to answer the following questions:

Did you find your true calling?

If an answer to that is 'yes', Congratulations! If 'no', we can find one just by investing time for ourselves. Today, I am going to make three arguments why we want to pursue what we are passionate about.

Firstly, we will be motivated to perform an activity by knowing the real purpose and the desired outcomes. On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced a goal: America would put a person safely on the Moon before the end of the decade. Many thought this was impossible. To people’s amazement, Kennedy’s ambitious goal was achieved on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon's surface. In this context, JFK’s initial goal setting guided and motivated Neil Armstrong’s giant step for mankind. Goals are not only in the domain of leaders, though. They are part of our everyday lives. President John F. Kennedy had an ultimate purpose and was able to visualize the desired outcomes. Researchers from Harvard University have confirmed this in one of the study that, "Individuals who have a purpose in life are successful compared to those who don't". 

Secondly, you are least likely to get stressed out. As a part of an experiment, a group of students were divided into experimental and control groups. The students in experimental group were asked to perform an activity that they are interested in. No changes were made to those in control group. The studies revealed that, "Individuals who love what they do are happier and least likely to get stressed out". In fact, they have higher life expectancy compared to who pursue what they don't love. 

Thirdly, we will be creative in doing our work. If we observe great people in the history, they all have one thing in common 'creativity'. How did they become creative? They fell in love with their work. As a result, their creative energy started to flow.

As a closing remark, the only way to find your true calling is to identify what you believe is great work. If you haven't, don't stop until you find one.

Did you find one? Share your stories at saravanan.b@bsaravanan.co.in

 

 

 

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