In the last post we spoke about SHOULD and MUST in our life, so I thought that the natural following post should be about the JUMP.
The above is taken from the book called THE JUMP by Mike Lewis. I picked up this book in the store because I felt it was calling to me. I promise you, these things happen to me and books. I was in a phase in my life when I hated my job, and I started wondering if what I was doing was my true calling, representing my true self. I was doing what I have been doing my whole professional life, but a forced change of property and a not-so good management, suddenly put everything into question. Before, I never ever had these thoughts in my head. I was convinced that my career was going smoothly and taking me exactly where I was meant to be going…only I didn’t know where this magical place was.
I have started my career by total coincidence and I wasn’t one of those kids who had specific dreams about being a doctor or a ballerina or an astronaut. But I was lucky to be exposed to a lot of different opportunities, from music to swimming to art to languages and yet, nothing was really ever a passion. I was doing different activities but nothing ever stole my heart completely.
These thoughts coupled up with an unhappy work situation, forced me to look into myself more and more trying to find an answer. I started to become so jealous about those who are absolutely 100% sure that what they are doing is exactly what they are meant to be doing. And I started to admire those who had an epiphany, dropped what they were doing and went on to chase their dreams.
That is what the JUMP is all about. It is about listening to that voice inside your head, that it’s telling you that you should look elsewhere. It is about following that voice and discovering what is that single thing that you cannot stop thinking about. It is about finding that connection that sets your soul on fire and makes you think of nothing else. It is that thing that makes you smile inside and outside of yourself, providing you with a feeling of peace. Like you know you are home and you belong. That you are doing what you are supposed to be doing.
Mark Twain said: “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Don’t let the above words make you think that the JUMP is easy and done on a whim. Everyone I know that took this leap of faith has been contemplating this idea for months if not years, has done a complete research and planning of the pros and cons, and is still scared and worried about what happens if they don’t succeed. But the happiness that they feel for just pursuing their dreams is infectious. It makes you automatically believe in yourself more. It gives you hope that it can be done: all you need to do is have passion, dedication and grit…and never give up!
I would definitely recommend to read THE JUMP as it is filled with real life experiences of different people coming from different backgrounds and with different experiences. And it goes through, in detail, all the thought processes that you might go through while you are on this path of discovery. And it is extremely helpful to feel that you are not alone out there, and there is lot of people that have gone through the same thing and succeeded.
I am still personally in search of my ONE THING, that one “calling” that makes me want to jump out of bed with energy and purpose. But this blog is helping me to materialize my passion, and who knows? maybe one day, in the process, I will discover what that ONE THING is. In the meantime, I will keep writing, keep reading, keep learning, keep researching and I am sure that one day, it will be my turn for my epiphany.