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Tycoonism- “Every calling is great when greatly pursued.”

March 27, 2009

What we do matters. Have you ever thought about what you would do with your time if you didn’t need to earn a living? The pursuit of pleasures or a self-indulgent lifestyle would soon leave you empty and dissatisfied. You would start looking for a productive way to be of service to others, to society. You would seek a way of serving that corresponds to your own unique talents and propensities; a way that engages the whole of yourself; a way that calls to you. You would look for work that you love – Your Passion!
What is my Calling-my Passion?

The first problem confronting us is not understanding ourselves well enough to know – or to identify – our true calling. To help us in this search, we can contemplate our past to see what themes recur; what we deem to be important; how we act and respond; what we dream of doing, what education, training, skills, and hobbies we have. We might engage a career counselor. And, from all this reflection and introspection, a direction may emerge.

The second problem arises from the obvious and mundane fact that most of us must work for the necessities of life, to support ourselves and our family. This constraint limits us in reaching our calling. We have a job or career, with little time or energy left to discover or pursue our calling. But it need not be that way!

One approach is to transform our attitude toward our job to make it a calling. Every job has some aspect of service. Someone pays us to do this job. What we do benefits those who pay for the service, the organization we work for, and its customers. If we can focus on this service goal, and bring our wholehearted best to it, this job can become our calling. Then not just money, but also the heart-fulfillment of being useful can flow from our labor. To be able to earn our living doing something we love, that provides real service to others, is a formula for a meaningful life.

If we cannot transform our attitude toward our job, then perhaps a different job or career may expose our calling to us. Whether or not we can transform our job, we can look to bring more meaning into the rest of our time. If we have a family, then being a conscientious and loving parent can be our calling. Or, we can pursue our calling in our spare time: the weekend musician, the part-time feeder of the homeless, the summer evening gardener.

Some jobs can be so draining and deadening that they sap our intellectual, physical and spiritual energies – and possibilities. Finding your calling can bring renewed energy to your life, an energy that spills over into your inner work. As I started out saying, what we do matters. Your calling can harmonize your outer life with your inner life, fusing them into a life of spirit, service, meaning, and fulfillment, and more importantly, helping to bring you to your true purpose – your Divine Purpose.

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