by Nancy Ruspil, MGC
A good friend just celebrated the 15th anniversary of her business. Ever since she was a little girl, she knew she wanted to run her own business. Now she manages a successful firm that does fundraising and strategic planning for nonprofits. Fifteen years ago, she had no idea if such a business could survive, let alone grow. All she knew was that this kind of work was deeply important to her and worth every effort she could give it. Today her company is thriving, and she’s constantly grateful for its success.
Easier said than done, you might think. Not all of us are able to craft a viable business around our passions, or to find a job that involves our biggest interests. But if you pay attention to the things that light up your mind and your soul, you’ll gravitate toward work that keeps those sparks alive. Whether it brings you great money – or just enough – is beside the point. The point is that you will know your success by how you feel. Does your work intrigue you? Does it feel worthwhile? Are you happy when you’re working?
Howard Thurman said it well: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”