Over a year ago, I watched a video that changed the course of my life. All of my life I think I've always tried to pick a career based on how successful it was viewed by "the world". I've done this ever since I was really young. I wanted to please my step-father so much that I told him I would go to an ivy league and become a doctor. I wanted him to be proud of me and I wanted to be viewed as smart and successful.
And boy did I work hard. I studied hard all through school, eventually being homeschooled in high school. I graduated at 15 and swiftly went to college. My grades & test scores had Universities asking me to attend their school on scholarship. Ivy leagues. Just like I had always planned. I would go Ivy, graduate years ahead of my peers, and be an amazing Cardiothoracic Surgeon.
It's amazing to look back on that time and how life played out after that. I didn't finish college.
Instead I traveled around, moving back and forth from West Coast to East Coast. After watching my parents in an abusive relationship, I said I wouldn't ever get married. I got married at 20. I didn't ever want kids. I had my first before turning 21. I now have three children, and want more!. Sometimes the plans we make for ourselves don't end up being what we thought. Sometimes they're better.
Throughout my 20s all I kept trying to do was "It All". You know, be a career woman, and a stay-at-home-mom and a Stepford wife. I've tried and failed at many ideas, learning much along the way. I was wanting to impress my friends, family and everyone else with becoming Someone. A person of stature, recognition, wealth, success. The truth of this video below is what finally helped me to get to where I am now.
Every endeavor was filled with fear. What if I fail? What if I don't make enough money? What if I can't generate six-figures on this idea? My need for worldly approval diminishes each day. I know what I want and it no longer matters about money. The strangest thing happened after I started thinking that way a year-and-a-half ago? The Money Came.
So, what if money didn't matter? If everything were provided for, if you could do whatever passion that is truly you, the kind that overflows with profound happiness and content, what would that look like? Where would you live? What would your typical day look like? Do you have more time for important things? Do you work less? Travel more? Are you more open, accepting and loving? Are you happy?
This video could change your life. It did for me.
So, go ahead. Throw fear, reason, logic and the false idea of "supposed to-do" out the window. Pray, and move forward. Find, discover, learn, make mistakes, fall down, get back up, stand taller, dust it off, and be happy. I'm truly content and we've had a rough year. This doesn't mean that everything has to be perfect for you to find success. But you do need to be your true self. Otherwise you're only cheating yourself and upholding ideals that aren't even your own.