Today was a family day. I visited with my folks, ate pizza, talked childhood memories, and braided up my granny's hair. (Ha!) Good times. We also sat around watching the first part of the TV biopic, The New Edition Story. Let me explain why this is significant.
The beginning of most biopics start the same --humble, innocent beginnings of young children and their dreams. But, it's something about this story. Something about young friends coming together for one specific goal.
There's something about the discipline of these young kids, the drive, the stamina, and sheer determination that really spoke to me.
Looking at other people's "success" story can do a few things. It can motivate you to great things yourself, it can make you insecure (believing that you can't possibly be successful in your journey), or it can make you reflect on your current position.
For me, I started thinking about my childhood. I thought about how I've always gravitated toward teaching and had this spark inside of me that wanted to do something great, like be a business owner. However, instead of me having that same determination like the young members of New Edition, I was negatively influenced. I was told by adults (none in my family by the way), that teaching and writing didn't make any money. Therefore, I framed my entire school/career path around areas I wasn't even interested in.
I was basically taught that profit was more valuable than purpose.
I don't believe that anymore. In fact, I highly believe that our purpose, passion, and process must be chosen over profit. If it is not, than something inside of us will feel empty.
I know this first-hand. I know how it feels to chase lucrative careers only to quit them after I've signed up. I know what it feels like to be bored to death in a major I didn't want to pursue in the first place.
I know what it's like to feel stuck, like my gifts and talents are not being utilized to the fullest.
It took me a long time to figure out that chasing prosperity doesn't work. It doesn't bring fulfillment, nor does it "make you happy." It can actually have the opposite affect if you're not careful.
Make a decision to choose purpose over profit. Life will take on new meaning.