What would you do if you could not fail?
I’ve seen this on inspirational magnets, posters, and the like. I suppose it’s goal is to get us to forget our fears and explore what most interests or intrigues us. It was brought up today during a live interview segment during our 4:00 newscast. The interview was a broader look at finding your purpose in life and more specifically how that translates into better workplace morale. Quite a heady topic for a 3 minute interview I might add. But, we tackled it nonetheless. The woman I was interviewing had a test consisting of 3 questions you should ask yourself in order to fine tune your “purpose” in life. Above is the first question.
What would you do if you had $25 million in the bank?
That is the second. I’m guessing that’s to eliminate the “I can’t afford it” argument that will win most ‘find your purpose’ fights. The ‘if money were no object’ exercise.
What would you do if you were still a kid?
The third question. Take yourself back to a time before responsibilities, expectations, bills, to when you did what you wanted to do when you wanted to do it. What did you spend time daydreaming about?
Interesting exercise. Maybe even fun. Kind of like what would we do if we won the lottery. But to me, it’s futile. And honestly, a bit selfish. The idea of finding your passion or your calling or in this case your purpose is noble and I’m sure fulfilling. I’m also sure many people do pinpoint that one thing they feel they were put here to do, be it ministry, healing, entertainment. But there are a great many more who don’t. Who work to simply put food on the table. How many children daydream about janitorial work? Or pushing papers within a giant corporation? Of working a graveyard shift behind bulletproof glass selling cigarettes? You can’t eliminate failure or money from the equation. You can’t build a career solely on childhood dreams. If you could, we would be all set with firefighters and ballerinas I suppose. Look, of course I understand the questions aren’t realistic, that they force you to eliminate obstacles you may feel keep you from doing what you really want to do. Like I said, that’s fun. But that’s if you take only yourself into consideration. In the bigger picture, however, we are all part of this team called humanity and it takes most, if not all, of us to keep it humming along. Someone makes the mess, someone cleans it up. Someone heals, someone inspires, someone sells cigarettes. I admit I am lucky. I have a job, that while wasn’t what I dreamed of doing, is a good one. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a purpose. I do belive I’m good at it and at this point not much else so yes, there’s a lot of fear that keeps me here. Yet I am fulfilled most days. There is a sense of accomplishment, of contributing to the team. It’s houses and feeds my family. It even allows us the luxury of travelling, of comforts, of extras many families don’t have. At the end of the day though, it is a job. We’ve all heard the saying “love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” My job has never and will never love me back no matter how much I love it. To me our “purpose” goes beyond what we do to pay for cable and gas. And that the answers to the 3 questions may reveal that much to us.
What would you do if you could not fail? Exactly what I would do now. What fun is the game in which you know the outcome?
What would you do if you had $25 million in the bank? Share it. And adopt as many animals as possible.
What would you do if you were still a kid? Appreciate nap time! Ok, fine I’d be a dancer. But what did that kid know, anyway?