How to Find Your True Calling

Have you found your true calling?

Seriously, have you?

I know this question can come off sounding corny…

After all, “finding a calling” sounds like something only hippies and hipsters (cousin of hippy) have time to ponder (over cups of latte or green juice, I’m sure).

For the rest of us who are trying to make a living, a calling is just another “nice idea” that won’t put bread on the table…

Or maybe not.

Maybe when we fully understand what a calling is – a deeply ingrained, virtuous drive to make ourselves and this life better…

And we recognize the people who have truly, fully lived their calling (people like Mother Theresa, C.S. Lewis, Michael Collins, and so many others)…

Maybe then we can fully grasp that this “nice idea we can safely ignore” is anything but.

Maybe then we’ll realize that any time we spend outside of pursuing our calling…

That thing we were meant to do….

That we were BORN to do…

Is just us hiding in fear and shadows.

And perhaps then we’ll realize a life lived as merely a shadow of our true self is the source of the greatest misery in the world.

(and no doubt what inspired Thoreau’s famous words: “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”)

So back to the question:

Have you found your calling?

If the answer is “no” or “not yet,” that’s fine.

Life has a funny way of making us work for the things that matter.

That said, finding your calling doesn’t have to make you feel like you’re running around in circles, chasing your own tail.

There are three things you must do to find your calling:

1. Determine that thing you were meant to do. Not Joe Schmoe or Jill Whocares – you. And yes, it requires a choice (usually a hard one). The good news is: you already know exactly what it is…

2. Shift your mindset so that it’s not a pipe dream, but something instantly, palpably attainable.

3. Take action to do and become this thing for which you were created.

Of course, that last part is tricky.

It means diving head first into that terrible place of fear, uncertainty, and potential failure…that dreadful “no mans land” between our deepest aspirations and our greatest potential.

This is not easy…

And it is not without sacrifice…

But you can take comfort in knowing life isn’t lived in a vacuum, and you are not alone.

There are thousands if not millions of others on this quest, just like you, who yearn, seek, and strive daily to find and live their calling…

And believe it or not: many of them have.

Here’s why this is important:

Because it is through these success stories that you’ll find the energy, direction, and encouragement you need to become what you must and to do what you were born to do.

So if you have not yet found your calling, I implore you to do three things:

1. Start today seeking out the people who have done the things you aspire to do (and more importantly: have the depth of character you ultimately desire in yourself).

2. Start today learning from them, soaking up whatever knowledge you can to use for your personal journey (remember: every great master was once an apprentice).

3. Start today to become the person you were born to be.

Life is much too precious and you’re much too smart to wait until it’s too late.

Whatever you do: start today.

Success Hacking 101: How to Turn an Idea Into A Business Without Money, an Audience, or Technical Skills

How can you turn an idea into a business:

  1. if you don’t have a “technical” skill (i.e. you’re not an engineer or programmer)?
  2. if you don’t have a lot of money (nor do you want to spend a lot of money to get the idea started)?
  3. if you want to get it up and running without going all in and putting your life (or credit) on the line for it?

That’s what Jon Nastor, ex-punk rocker turned entrepreneur and founder of Velocitypage.com, wanted to know.

And for the past 12 years, Jon has been actively answering this question.

Here’s a direct quote from Jon’s Clarity.fm consulting page:

I have been an entrepreneur for 12 years and full-time online for 3. I have built, from the ground up, 6 different SaaS products — all with zero technical ability. I have built multiple businesses from zero to $45k/month+ recurring revenues, with no debt and no financing.

How is this possible, though?

Conventional wisdom tells us we need to master the skill or trade we want to make a profession out of, or that we need lots of money or financing to build something profitably.

But here’s Jon, a person who self admits to having “zero” technical ability, yet he’s started multiple businesses with no debt or financing.

What is Jon doing differently that allows him to succeed where so many others fail? [Read more…]

The 3 Step Pivot Framework: How to Turn Failure into Success

Last month I got an email from a friend. After 6 months of hustle, she’s throwing in the towel. Why?

  • Not enough sales.
  • No traction.
  • No growth.

I felt bad. I hate seeing people fail. I hate it even more when a project fails that hasn’t  been properly tested in the marketplace. In my friends case, she had only tried one option. It didn’t work. Surely there’s a better way…

Only the Strong Agile Survive

Granted, not all projects are worthwhile. Some simply aren’t economically viable.

Others might be able to sustain themselves through whatever means (force, trust fund, etc.), but to what end (the excruciatingly slow death of the postal service comes to mind)?

But the reality is: you can’t know whether a project is worthwhile from the first failure (not if you want to eventually build something that lasts).

So I told my friend that she shouldn’t shut down just yet. Instead, she should pivot.
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The 2 Most Important Business Lessons I Learned from Andrew Warner of Mixergy

Of all the cruel punishments the Greek gods bestowed on humans (and one another), the punishment of Sisyphus has to be the worst.

Sisyphus was the king of Ephyra and the son of Aelius (ruler of the winds and son of Poseidon…the guy has some serious lineage behind him).

He was also a prideful, deceitful, murderous ruler; not only was he a chronic liar (deceiving both gods and humans), but he killed travelers and visitors for fun in his own kingdom.

Basically, Sisyphus was a real prick.

Apparently, after one too many deceitful and murderous acts, Zeus decided enough was enough and condemned Sisyphus to an eternal punishment. Except this wasn’t any old punishment. Zeus crafted something uniquely horrible for Sisyphus.

Zeus condemned Sisyphus to push a large bolder up a steep hill.

Difficult for sure, but not the worst thing in the world (or underworld), right?…

Except, like all good Greek myths, there was a catch.

Zeus enchanted the bolder.

Anytime Sisyphus came close to the top of the hill with the bolder, it would slip through his hands, rolling all the way back down to the bottom.

No matter how Sisyphus approached the challenge, his effort was futile.

An eternity of useless, infuriating effort with no payoff.
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