Are you searching for more meaning and fulfillment in your life? You’re definitely not alone. There is only one way to really be satisfied and fulfilled. The answer is very simple, but it’s definitely not the easiest choice to make.
What if you didn’t need money or attention?
Derek Sivers recently wrote a post that I think hints at one of key issues of our time.
If you stopped doing all these things you’re just doing for the money, or the attention, what’s left? Who are you, if you don’t do these things? Many of my friends are touring musicians. One has been quite unhappy with it lately. She realized it was once a dream, but now she’s just doing it for the fear of being forgotten. But if she stops, what’s left? She’s defined herself by this pursuit for so long.
Many of my friends are entrepreneurs. A few have mentioned this deep hollow conflicted feeling. Their business ideas are not things the world wants. They’re following the current tech entrepreneur stereotype, building social apps and pursuing investors. They’re hating it, and having to admit they’re doing it only for the jackpot. But if they stop, what’s left?
When Life Gets in the Way of Living
Far too many of us are so caught up in our work and everyday lives that we neglect what is most important. Money is necessary, we have to earn a living, however, so many of us are doing largely socially useless work. It’s hard to feel good about yourself when you know what you are doing is not creating any real value to the world.
There is an Alternative
Imagine that you didn’t do what was prudent or what was expected. Imagine you had the courage to do what you knew in your heart and soul was the only right thing to do.
Your bank account would surely suffer. It might spell the end of a lucrative career. You’d most certainly have to consume less. You’d probably even lose some friends. What you you be willing to give up to do the right thing?
Change is scary. Most people are too afraid to do what they know they should do. Why give up a secure and comfortable life for the unknown?
There is a simple answer to that question: you only have one life and it’s far too short to waste just to be comfortable.
Comfort is the opposite of fulfillment.
How to Find Fulfillment
There is only one way to fill that void in your soul; it’s to do what you know is right.
The right thing to do is going to be challenging and difficult. It’s going to be scary. The outcomes will be uncertain. And for all of those reasons, it will be the most rewarding work of your life.
You cannot fail if you do what is right because the outcome doesn’t matter. Regardless of what you accomplish, it will have been enough. Putting your best effort towards what is right is rewarding in and of itself.
Doing What is Right
A great example of someone who has chosen the right thing to do is my friend Ben Randall. He and Moreno Paulon are in the midst of filming a documentary to bring awareness to human trafficking in SE Asia. It’s called The Human, Earth Project.
They both quit well paying jobs to do the right thing. In fact, it was the only thing they could do. What would you do if someone you knew were kidnapped and sold to another country?
Hundreds of people around the world have volunteered or contributed to their crowdfunding campaign to finish production of the film. There is still time to contribute. Please take a moment to visit the campaign page.
We all have those moments in our lives when we get to choose between what is safe and what is right. Are you ready to do what’s right?