WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE
Before you start calling B.S. on my or anyone else's ability to answer this question. I want you to consider the meaning of the question. Are we talking about the meaning of all life itself in the universe? Are we talking about the reason for sentient consciousness as we know it to be? Or are we talking about living a life full of meaning?
I'm hardly qualified to speculate on the first two. I don't have a degree in philosophy or theosophy and frankly don't spend a lot of time thinking about it. Well, unless it's during a psychedelic experience (and there are numerous) a meditation session (which i've done since my childhood) or a float session (3-4 per week). Ok, I do think about it. But here's the punchline.
THE ANWSER TO THE MEANING OF LIFE: FIND A WAY TO SERVE HUMANITY, TRUE TO YOUR SELF, WHILE GETTING PAID FOR IT.
Does that sound over-simplified? Well, then don't complicate it. Think hard about what I'm getting at. Think about Nature Photographers, Musicians, Body workers, Entrepreneurs. These folks are doing what they love, creating value to people and living self-actualized lives.
Like a lot of people, perhaps most people, I worked at a job I didn't find fulfilling.
It was a fun job, an easy job. It paid well. I liked my day-to-day tasks. I enjoyed my co-workers and the requisite happy hours with clients. But, that job didn't fill my cup. Sales are a part of life. We all have to sell things; products, ourselves, our dinner preference to a spouse. But selling the product I was selling did nothing to nourish me.
My job was putting food on my plate, but not filling me with purpose. I was a player in a big game which padded the already bulging pockets of shareholders at the top of the organization. It wasn't particularly improving my sense of self.
My job wasn't my calling or my life-path. It was just my job.
So, I started to think hard (like I assume a lot of you do) about what else I could do, that would pay my bills and also create value to people's lives.
This is where it starts to tie in.
When you create value...you're worth something. When your worth something, people will pay you for it. Whether as a car mechanic, a writer or a waiter, when you do something well, people will pay you to do it. I thought deeply: outside of selling...which is all I knew how to do, what could I bring to people that would be of value to them?
To make a long story short, I decided to open a sensory deprivation tank center. THAT, would be my unique value offer to people. THAT would be the thing that I could be excited about. THAT would be the thing that would bring me income, while doing something deeply powerful for people, creating value for them, while allowing me to live with more purpose.
I was serving humanity. I was bringing people pain relief, stress relief & meditation.
Quitting the corporate world to be an entrepreneur was the smartest and scariest thing I have ever done in my life. Believing in my own abilities to learn a new language, apply my will toward something I was passionate about and find solution was the gamble. I had taken zero business courses. I had no prior experience in operating a business, let along an obscure wellness business surrounding something that most people are totally confused by."
But it paid off
Not only was I able to open a small business, and start earning money to live, but I was also living with purpose.
This was my thing. I had found my first thing!
This is the key to the meaning of life.
Create value for people in their life. Be of value. Offer something. What sort of service to you provide that is both aligned with you true nature but also is worth money. It's an amazing thing when you are living your life on your true path, and living off that passion.
The Mark Twain quote sorta nails it.
"Find a job that you enjoy doing and you will never have to work a day in your life."
I want to take it a step further than "job." I think the old way of how we think of jobs is getting less and less relevant in the Western world. The world needs all kinds of people. Builders, thinkers, artists, salespeople, teachers. And at the same time, the way my parents and grandparents thought about jobs was this: go to college, find a good job, and stay at that job until you could retire with enough money to not have to work ever again.
This is not how it works anymore. Work has changed. Jobs have changed & thats great!
Technology changes jobs the reality of jobs and work. And it will never go back to that old paradigm. We need to re-think the status quo around jobs, businesses and work. If someone will pay you $80/hr to rub their body...that's not too shabby. If someone is willing to pay you $100/hr to consult with them about their business, great. Sitting at a desk is bad for you health anyway.
I urge you to think deeply about what your unique gift is. What do you love doing? What interests you? I predict that 10 years from now, there will be more and more businesses concerned with helping people. As an antidote to our modern world, more people are looking for ways to take care of themselves. People are constantly looking for ways to balance the grinding reality of phone alerts, deadlines, emails, traffic, people, advertisements and bullshit.
WE'RE GOING TO NEED MORE HEALERS, LIFE COACHES AND CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVERS.
Use me as an example. I left the corporate world to open a wellness center, then an ebook, then another wellness center. Now, I'm life coaching, public speaking and leading young people in a fulfilling way.
There is more room for innovation than there ever has been in the history of the world.
Now is the time to push the status quo. Now is YOUR time to seize exactly what you want from this life. Think outside the box - as it pertains to your life - AND THINK BIG.
SO SEAN, HOW DO I FIND MY LIFE PATH?
More on that soon