management: 2 min read

don’t be a cliche, make your life count

Sometimes, innocuous discussions lead to something paramount. My wife asked me a simple question – “Is there anything that we can do together for a living?” Didn’t I tell you about how innocuous the discussion was? If two people have to do the same thing for a living, then both of them have to share the same passion. Then, I asked myself “what is my passion”? One thing led to another, and this is what came out of my thoughts.

We were born -> enjoyed our cute little childhood -> finished a phase of education -> bought the first bike -> got a job -> started making money -> made a girl/boyfriend ->got married -> took a flat outside the city -> changed jobs -> started making more money –> had children -> office office office -> international trips -> vacations -> office -> lack of clarity if work is adding any personal value -> parties -> lazy weekends and dreaded Mondays -> stressful routine

I seriously hope you don’t identify yourself with the above. If you did, it’s time to ask some serious questions to yourself:

  • Am I happy?
  • Am I enjoying what I am doing or too comfortable with it?
  • Do I see myself doing this for rest of my life?
  • If I were not doing this job, what would I be doing?

Well, there are several other questions too and there are more than equal number of books that can help you feel desperate. That’s not the point of this blog. The point is… are we excited about waking up each morning with boundless energy, pumping through our veins, shouting out loud deafening our minds to do what we love? Yes, that’s exactly the point. If we are not excited about waking up for what we are going to do for a living, then we are not making our lives count.

“are we excited about waking up each morning with boundless energy, pumping through our veins, shouting out loud deafening our minds to do what we love?”

Is that too harsh a statement? Perhaps not. Just imagine the infinite capability and the capacity of a human being to think and execute. If that capability and capacity are leveraged for our passion, then everything that we can achieve will be nothing less than a wonder.

Every successful person that we see around us has a passion and that’s what drives them. They make their lives count and are certainly not a walking cliché.

So step # 1 for success and joy is to be open and identify the passion. The same passion that will not let you sleep if you are awake and will not wake you if you are dreaming.

I am yet to answer wifey on the question she asked. I have started the work on step # 1 and I am sure will have an answer pretty soon.

I hope a day would come when the first section of  resumes will not be “Career Objective” but it would be “My Passion”.

Eager to hear your thoughts.