Blessed are those who do what they love to do, are great at it, get wide recognition and also get paid very well for it. Few pre-requisites that add up here are – You got to be a passionate individual. Passionate about something, so much that time stands still when you pursue it, there is no other definition of happiness that matters at that time and your idea of relaxation is about being involved with it in some way. After that it’s a game of timing and opportunity. Do remember here that being passionate about life is a different thing altogether. This setting is being passionate about an ability such that it becomes synonymous with you.
Next stage is where you get to do what you like, are good at it, enjoy it and are able to impact your surroundings in some ways. You also make certain money. The pre-requisites here are your single-minded focus to pursue a goal and the courage to be able to make the decision to go after it. This also requires no digression on account of things not coming your way.
Another stage is where you find your way through things that you could possibly do, find likability and skills for some along the way, get paid in a way that makes it all worthwhile and after a few years find a body of work behind you that fulfills on some levels. The pre requisites are centering your mind on what you get to do, seizing the opportunities and giving your best shot.
There is the next stage where there are things you’d like to explore, hone and do but situations, uncertainty and time compel other choices. You either move to the stage above and give a shot to your dreams at some stage in your life in some way Or you lose focus – Some chances are not taken, some wrongly taken, some ignored and some missed, many of which get defined as Opportunity in hindsight.
There are also people who are not sure what they would like to do, wonder if they are very good at anything at all. There is a sense of something missing. Its good! because there is a hunger to reach someplace, to explore oneself and to leave something behind. Their issue is an ‘outside in’ inspection of oneself. This happens when our talents do not make a direct match with things that sell. We need to turn the gaze and see ‘inside out’. There are without a doubt assets in your person that carry value. The option here is to either find areas that utilize them best or apply them in whatever you are doing. And then find your peace of mind there.
There are also many who are not in any pursuit and are happy in what they are doing in whatever manner. Some call them lazy, some call them reveling in mediocrity and some say they are limited in their dreams. If they have found their motivations in being contented in their current lot, who is anyone to judge about a life well lived?
And then there are those who never give up. Reinventing themselves constantly, biding their time without losing focus or enthusiasm, relentless when times are rough, adapting to every change, making lemonade when life tosses lemons their way; they stay around much longer than many.
No one stage is better than the other. Each finds its place under the sun. But if you haven’t found your peace yet, raise the bar. You might just find what you are looking for coz many a time the rewards are in the journey itself than at the end.