It's important to continue pursuing your life's true calling. Your purpose. Your passion.
It's equally important, I believe, to continue pursuing your life's true interests. Your wants. Your likes.
If you like collecting baseball cards as a 14-year-old, why stop when you're 24? If you liked creative writing classes as a student, why stop when you're working a 9-to-5? If you dreamed of one day becoming a famous actor or model, why not try out L.A. or New York?
Instead, more and more, we scale back. We quit collecting or writing or acting. We quit taking dance classes or going to baseball games or traveling the world.
The moment we stop pursuing our interest is the moment we stop thinking big.
Because we're encouraged, subtle but noticeably by the world we live in (parents, bosses, peers), to limit our perspective, our goals, our focus. We're told to concentrate on that 9-to-5 and stop wasting time with those childhood hobbies and goals and pursuits.
Pursuit isn't something we talk about enough. People are too caught up in performance. My stance is that my performance is closely linked to my pursuit. The more I pursue, the better my performance.
The more interesting my life is outside of my 9-to-5, the more interesting my 9-to-5 becomes because I'm maximizing my work time by not spending it thinking about the things that I wish I could be doing instead.
The more I write these blogs, the better my client memos become. The better my life product, the better my work product.
So just because I love writing these diatribes and I'm consumed with excitement about my pending books and I'm always talking sports or music or something else, it doesn't mean I'm not loving my job enough to put my all into it when needed.
Because when you're pursuing your life's true interests and searching for your life's true purpose, you realize something very important:
That 9-to-5 is without-a-doubt an extremely important piece in life's puzzle.
In case you were wondering.
On that note, please visit http://realrolemodel.blogspot.com/ the official site of my second book, tentatively titled Real Role Models (formerly Untold & Overlooked).