I’ve spent the past week back in my hometown for the holidays, taking a bit of a blogging break and using the free time to catch up on things I’ve wanted to read, watch and do. That’s the nice thing about Welland vs Toronto – everything is so slow here that I feel like I can actually stop and relax for a little while without feeling guilty.
A lot of stuff pops up in my various social networks throughout the day, and this gem on living your life’s purpose came to me in my recommended section on YouTube. I’ve been following Marie Forleo just over the past few weeks (can’t remember which blogger pointed her out to me, might have been Yes and Yes) and her advice and information on entrepreneurship and marketing has been ridiculously helpful and inspiring.
I came across this video last night, and there is so much important information in it that I felt compelled to immediately share. It’s a LONG one at almost 28 minutes, but it is well worth it. In it she talks with Mastin Kipp, the creator of successful newsletter and website The Daily Love, about his long journey to the overwhelming success he currently possesses (they are both friends and collaborators with Oprah now because of their websites!).
My most favourite – and what is probably the most valuable – part, is when he talks about the moment when he told his mom that every time she asks him when he’s gonna get a regular job instead of building up The Daily Love, she is saying no to and undermining his dream, and expecting him to be an unhappy prisoner to someone else just for financial security (around 14 minutes in).
Since losing my job that I was too afraid to quit despite knowing I could probably give more value to this world on my own, hearing this is so important to me. I had got everything I needed out of that job and my heart wasn’t in it, and I was this close to another job that would have completely took me away from building something significant for myself. That I lost both in the space of an hour on one December day actually set me free. Trying to explain this fact to my family who happens to be constantly worried about money has been challenging. There is nothing harder than helping your parents to understand that their life’s story is not your story, and it is certainly not the one you are going to create and live out.
Creating a life I love that allows me complete control – chained to no one but myself – has always been my dream, and I am finally in the moment where I can fully dedicate myself to it. Great things are on the horizon.
I hope this video inspires you to live your life’s purpose as much as it has inspired me.