Seemingly ordinary people have the potential to make extraordinary contributions to innovation. If you have ever seen any inspirational Ted talks or have watched an episode of Shark Tank, you know that there are regular people like you doing remarkable things and shaking up the world.
Ever have an idea that you always wanted to do but never acted on? Did you not act on it because you thought that it would be seen as ‘dumb / stupid’ or that ‘it will never make money’ or ‘you just don’t know where to start?’ Welcome to the world of crushed creativity and forgotten dreams. Destroying the possibility before there is even a chance of survival is an absolute tragedy for innovation.
Imagine if you did work that actually mattered to you.
In this world, you’re not forced to stay at your desk until dinner typing yet another email or chained to the excel spreadsheet of death or finishing up the presentation for tomorrow. Instead, you are working on the passion project you’ve been dreaming about, you’re picking up an instrument you haven’t touched in years, or attending a class you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t have courage to attend. This world would be a completely different place if you did work that actually mattered to you!
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – H. Thurman
The numbing feeling of dissatisfaction, feeling over worked and burnt out occurs when your strength, interests and values do not align with your scope of work. When you start focusing your time and talents on the work that means something to you, it starts to matter to those around us as well. You have the opportunity to make an astonishing influence on your community. The transition from the life you currently live to the life you want to live will take a lot of effort and persistence. If you are constantly learning and growing, expanding your mind, your knowledge, your perspective, the way you help others, you’re on the right path.
The world needs you to wake up from your sleep and to get excited about your future. You have so much potential to do so much more with the work you love.