The other day, I was thinking about what advice I’d give to my future children as they think about what work they want to do in the world, as they grow up … and at first, I thought of the usual ways people think about it …
Try to do something to help others or make the world better, that you might enjoy.
Before you move on, consider the possibilities of serving others or making the world a better place:
- Volunteering to help the elderly, the homeless, underprivileged children, disaster relief, building homes for the homeless, taking care of animals, etc.
- Becoming a doctor or nurse or massage therapist or physical therapist or fitness trainer because you really want to help heal people or make them healthy.
- Taking care of children, teaching or studying child counseling, because you really want to help children get a great start in life, or blossom into who they want to be.
- Becoming an entrepreneur, or learning to program and then starting an app company that will change the world in a better way.
- Getting into government or social work to improve the conditions of the community you live in.
- Writing or coaching or teaching people online to help them solve their problems, improve their lives.
- Making fun spaces, restaurants, activities, hikes, so that people can find joy in their lives.
- Becoming a yoga or meditation teacher so people can find peace in their lives.
- Becoming a scientist to help alleviate the environmental crisis or find a cure for a terrible disease.
And so on. Each of these are just one of many possibilities of making someone’s life better, of serving a community, of making the world better. Each of them is filled with purpose, and if you choose one of them for that purpose, you will serve in that work feeling a sense of purpose each day.
There are endless ways to do that, of course — you could be a manager that serves a team, a customer service representative that puts smiles on people’s faces, a web designer that helps businesses shine online, and so forth. The point isn’t how you serve the world, but just serving the world in some way will help you feel filled with purpose.
If you choose a purposeful job that also seems like fun, that seems enjoyable, you’re way further along than most people.
It doesn’t have to be a typical job, either. You can volunteer or create something that doesn’t exist in your area (a place for peace and relaxation, a place for adults to play, a place for animal lovers to connect to each other), you could just connect other people of similar interests and make their lives better through connection and community. These don’t seem like typical jobs, but I bet you that if you served people in these (and other) ways, you’ll eventually find a career doing that, a career that feels purposeful and beautiful. It can take awhile to actually make a living doing it, but it will very likely happen. And even if it doesn’t, you still served people in a wonderful way, and were happy doing it.