Here it is…

In this entry I asked you folks whether you are interested in knowing this:

How does one know if they have found their “calling” in life?

Well, finally, here it is. Enjoy. Take your time to read. I hope it will help you in discerning yours (your “calling” in life).

We call it by different names

Others call it “calling”, some refers to it as their “life’s work”. While others prefer to call it their “passion” in life. But whatever you call it. Being able to find and do what you love to do for a living is surely one of the best feelings in this world.

How do you know?

But how do you know if you have found your “true calling” in life? Can you really know? If so, how? Below is a list of two of the ways of doing so:

It’s fun

  • You will know you have found your “life’s work” when you just enjoy doing it. So much so that you lose track of time. You do it not for fame, recognition or money. You do it because it’s fun. It gives you a sense of fulfillment and joy. It comes natural to you, like second-nature.

Stephen King puts it this way:

“ If there’s no joy in it, it’s just no good. It’s best to go on some other area, where the deposits of talent may be richer and the fun quotient higher.

Talent renders the whole idea of rehearsal meaningless; when you find something at which you are talented, you do it (whatever it is)… Even when no one is listening (or reading, or watching), every outing is a bravura performance, because you as the creator are happy.”

You just love doing it

  • If you don’t have to work for the rest of your life, you would still do it.

Warren Buffett puts it this way:

“Do what turns you on. Do something that if you had all the money in the world, you’d still be doing it. You’ve got to have a reason to jump out of bed in the morning… Don’t look for the money. Look for something you love, and if you’re good, the money will come.”

Bonus tip:

  • Know yourself.

If you know yourself, naturally, you will also be able know what you’re good at. You will be able to know your strengths and weaknesses. What to capitalize on and what to avoid. As Leonardo da Vinci puts it:

“ For in truth great love is born of great knowledge of the thing loved.”

You cannot truly love a thing unless you have full or at least a working knowledge of that thing.

Knowledge of that thing is what makes you appreciate it. Knowing its marvels and wonders is what keeps your interest. You want to know more about it. You want to overcome its shortcomings and work on its possibilities.

“The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the true value of things.”

-Francois Duc de la Rochefoucald

Why is it important to know ourselves

Why is it important to know our selves? To know our strengths and and weaknesses. To know what we are capable of and where our limitations lie. Here’s why:

“You have to stick within what I call your circle of competence. You have to know what you understand and what you don’t understand. It’s not terribly important how big the circle is. But it’s terribly important that you know where the perimeter is.”

-Warren Buffett

Also:

“We’d rather deal with what we understand. Why should we want to play a competitive game in a field where we have no advantage – maybe a disadvantage – instead of playing in a field where we have a clear advantage?

-Charles Munger

But always remember this: character counts too

On a side note, though we should rather play in a field where the advantage is on our side as much as possible.

We should keep in mind to always seek this advantage in an ethical manner. Not all advantages are good. Especially if they have the potential to hurt others.

Play fair all the time. It pays off in the end. The pay off is far greater than what you will gain if you played unfairly. Inner peace and respect.

Not only the respect of others but more importantly your respect for yourself. As Bruce Lee puts it:

“Knowledge will give you power but character respect.”

It pays off in the end

If you have nothing to hide what is there to fear. This way, you can always look at yourself in the mirror proudly (the “good kind” of pride) and sleep soundly every night.

You know you didn’t do anybody wrong. And that you earned your gains in an ethical manner.

You didn’t sacrifice your integrity for something that is fleeting. And perhaps, something that is of low value.


Character over intelligence

If you have to choose between character and intelligence, choose character.

As Warren Buffett puts it:

“One friend of mine said in hiring they look for three things: intelligence, energy, and character. If they don’t have the last one, the first two will kill you because, it’s true[. If] you are going to hire somebody that doesn’t have character[. You] had really better hope they are dumb and lazy[. Because], if they are smart and energetic[. They’ll] get you in all kinds of trouble.”

And sometimes this trouble has the potential to hurt others and ruin reputations.

Character counts you see. 😎

Perks of doing what you love

Being able to do what you really love. To be be able to find out your “true calling” in life. Is one of the most fulfilling things in this world.

Though you would still face challenges. It wouldn’t matter that much. The joy that you get from doing someting that you love is far greater than the discomfort that you will feel in facing and confronting the challenges ahead of you.

(Though challenges makes us feel uncomfortable. We should learn how to cope up with them because they are part of life. They are inevitable. They are part of what makes us grow. I talked about this idea in detail in this entry.)

But why does it matter

Why does it matter? What’s in it for us?

Here’s how Charlie Munger puts it:

“Each of you will have to figure out where your talents lie. And you’ll have to use [it] to your advantages. But if you try to succeed in what you’re worst at, you’re going to have a very louse career.”

Life is short

Life is short you know, so spend it wisely. If you know that your time is limited, it would be a wise thing to seat back for a while and contemplate about what you really want to do in life.

What is it that you love doing? What is it that gives you a sense of fulfillment and joy? That if you have all the money in the world, you would still do it because it makes you happy.

This will make your life more meaningful and less of a dread. Even though challenges and hardships are inevitable in life, it wouldn’t matter that much because you are doing what you love. It’s more than enough to keep you going.

It contributes to your well-being

Doing something you love also contributes to your well-being and makes you grow in the process. As Warren Buffett have said:

“I have no stress whatsoever – zero. I get to do what I love to do every day.”

It will give you a sense of purpose

Doing something you love will also give you a sense of purpose. You will focus your attention only on things that matter.

When you have purpose you will not be easily swayed by everything. Especially by things that are fleeting and of no value.

You will spend your time wisely. You will start to live intentionally rather than habitually. You are deliberate in your actions.

Everything you do has a purpose. You don’t act based on impulse. Before you do anything. You think things through first. That is because you know that your time is limited. And you don’t want to waste it.

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Okay that’s it for now, thank you for reading this entry. I hope you got something of out of it. Something valuable. Something that you can apply in your own life. If you would like to add something that you feel would be of great help to the other readers. Feel free to do so by dropping a comment down below. I and (I presume) the other readers would love to hear from you. Again, thank you for reading this entry. Cheers! Till next time!😊👋

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Book excerpts are from:

On Writing by Stephen King

Seeking Wisdom by Peter Bevelin

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