If you were to walk down the street and ask every person you met, “Do you want to love your job and your life?” the obvious answer would be a resounding, “Yes!”
The follow up question is a more difficult one. It is a question that fuels the career and self help industries. It is also a question that I’ve attacked with a vengeance for more than three years: “How do you get there?”
In “The Matrix,” the main character, Neo, gets tapped on the shoulder while at work and is told he is The One and that he controls the destiny of the world. As the movie progresses he tries to come to grips with his new job offer and decide if he really wants it. He can try and change the world, or he can stay at the job he doesn’t like, but where he makes enough money to provide for a decent life of material things.
Neo’s journey is filled with inspiring people who try to guide him and get him to realize who he is. They tell him, “I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it.” It takes Neo many experiences and influences before he finally realizes and believes he is The One. And once he believes he is The One, he cannot be stopped.
On the road of life, no one is going to tap us on the shoulder and say, “I have the career of your dreams.” Yet, we are still presented with many guides and navigators. And the real world teaches us lessons whether we are listening or not.
Neo’s journey is similar to ours. We all control the destiny of our own world. For us to truly find our passion and the motivation it takes to hit our goals, we have to realize and believe that we are The One. You are The One that will make your career a passionate success!
Once we believe we have the personal power to achieve our goals, the how to’s become much clearer. The first step on the road to a passionate career is knowing we have the power. The second step is taking responsibility for where we want to go and then using our power to get there.
What do you want to do with your life? Alright then, make a plan, build a support group, and get to it!
Until next time, I’ll see you on the road…