Challenges we sign up for

Feb 3rd, 2020

I was on a kick about finding my passion. After going down the rabbit hole of YouTube my wife shows me an interview of Seth Godin by Marie Forleo.  In this interview he discussed, and I am paraphrasing, that it’s not about finding your passion as if there were only one thing you were built for in this life. He says simply “there are challenges we can sign up for and emotions we can experience.” That was profound. There’s this lie that echos through many entrepreneurial schools of thought that states “do what you love and never work a day in your life again.” Try asking any professional sports player if there are days that are absolutely dreadful where the last thing they want to do is play and they will probably say yes. 

I am easing off finding my passion, which relieves my life of many stresses. “Am I doing what I was meant to do? What if I am wasting time? What if the ladder is on the wrong wall?”  I just need to set my sights on a target that will contain the challenges I care to take on and the emotions I will want to experience. If throughout the process I evolve and want to experience something different then I may pivot or expand. But in the words of Eckhart Tolle my purpose in life is to do what I am currently doing, no more no less.    

2 thoughts on “Challenges we sign up for”

  1. Madeline Rogers

    I really needed to read this today. I’ve been in the same career for 16 years. Though specialized, it’s not my passion. I’ve been trying to figure out what I’m “supposed” to be doing but still feel lost. So maybe I’ll give my search a rest for a while. Maybe I’ll try new things that interest me and take it from there. Thank you! I feel like I’ve been let off the hook but am inspired at the same time.

    1. That’s the same feeling I had. Thank you for your comment and I wish you well on your journey of self discovery.

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