“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”
— Winston Churchill
I’ve written before about finding your purpose. There is a process that we can go through to find out what we are meant to do. It starts with contemplating what you are passionate about (and maybe what you’re not), what principles drive your daily decisions, and then diving deep to think about what those passions and principles mean for what our overall life’s purpose is. What are we supposed to be, and do, in this life? See our blog post here for a more detailed description of this process.
But what if you haven’t figured it out yet? Or what if you go through this process and can’t really figure it out?
You’re in luck. Your purpose will eventually find you. What we need to make sure of, as Sir Winston warns above, is that we are ready when that purpose presents itself.
To be ready, make daily decisions that align with what you think a fit, humble, open, and prepared individual would do if presented with an opportunity. And that opportunity could be in business as a chance to spearhead an entrepreneurial venture. It could be an employment offer at a school that needs a teacher, with great benefits and advancement opportunities. Or it could be your chance to step up in public and be a real hero, saving others in a crisis.
Will you be ready? Will you be able to put your best foot forward? Will you be prepared and qualified for the chance? Or will you have to pass, because you don’t find yourself up to the task?
This is your purpose on the line. This might be your shot to fulfill what you find to be your overall mission in life.
Train. Be ready.