“My restlessness is my nemesis” Mos Def
What would you do if you won the lottery? A lot of people will quickly list off a bunch of material possessions they’d buy and then the trips they’d take…But then what?
Although this may seem hard to believe if you’ve been in the daily grind for too many years…. nonstop vacation get’s stale fast.
I first learned this in 2004 when I was living in Belize. After years of studying and working hard I needed a break and thought I’d live the chill island life forever….. But after a few weeks of fun and relaxation my insides wanted to be of purpose. So I did what I could to keep myself busy. Helping out where I could, creating jewellery to sell to tourists, really—anything to keep me busy. Eventually my restlessness was enough to return to Canada and go back to school and get back to more purposeful work.
I hear the same thing from people who retire. At first there’s the initial bliss of not having to wake up on Monday and hit the daily grind. But sooner rather than later restlessness hits.
There’s a human desire to live a life of meaning and purpose. For some people their work gives it to them. For others their family, and for others, it’s in the daily moments of human interaction: a smile to a stranger, opening a door for someone, or lending a helping hand that gives our day purpose. Yet most people still have a calling inside: an insatiable desire to create meaningful, purposeful work.
Many people think “When I retire/or win the lottery then I’ll be free. Then I’ll be able to take action on my dreams and do work with purpose”
But our resistance to taking action on our dreams won’t get solved by winning the lottery.
A lottery would help us have the financial cushion to take a risk/pay for resources and support, but it won’t help us get out of bed in the morning and do the work.
Doing the work is the hardest part. And nobody can do it for you.
Money and time is not enough to turn on the motor to make the boat of your dreams drive faster. Only YOU can do that. So whether you’re a millionaire with spare time or working a full-work week with a family, we can all carve out some time (even an hour a week) to take action on our purposeful work. Start now. Because every step counts.
If you want to add more purposeful work to your life this 3-step process is for you.
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