SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY: CHOOSING A CAREER THAT BENEFITS THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU

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“How will it help the masses?”


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When choosing a career that will be of some service to your community, know that you have to have a lot of patients and experience with people. The reason being is that you are going to have a lot of their lives in your hands. No matter if you’re a doctor working with patience, or a politician making decisions effecting the community. You better be ready to deal with people that you enjoy and don’t enjoy. And if you’re someone you want to be loved, you’re in a tough spot. Especially if you’re going to be a politician, where you’re going to be making promises that you know a lot of which won’t get passed because of the bureaucratic process. So be ready for frustration at its highest.

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You want to have a career that services the people, then you need to be ready to ask yourself some questions. One of the biggest questions should be, “What is my reason for being in this role; a purpose?” And there has to be a purpose because most civil servants, which are people who service society the most make the least amount of money. So if the job is strictly about money, then you might want to reconsider taking on the job. Because the stress level is high and the payout is generally low. Now on the other hand, there are positions that pay quite well where you work with the public, such as a doctor.

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Depending upon the job, you could be looking at something that is recession proof and depression proof. That is being a doctor and a prison guard. People will always need doctors and always go to jail. Now, the job of a doctor is a lot less volatile than a corrections officer, and the pay is better. We all want to be secure in what we do, especially once we start having children and getting married. So choosing a career with some good benefits and pay is stable for them. Anything that requires you to build your own money versus receiving a check every two weeks is more risky. So stability is more rational to people.


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PURPOSE: WHAT GETS YOU GOING EVERYDAY

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“What makes you push and keep pushing?”


There was a book written years ago entitled, “Purpose Driven Life,” by author Rick Warren. The book analyzed the purpose a human has on this Earth by using variations of biblical text. Even though the book is centered at toward a more Christian faith, anyone can read this book and takeaway from it the direction ones should go in life to live a better life. But what does the purpose driven life mean to you. Why do you get out of bed each and every morning? Is it just to go to work or is it to serve a much greater purpose? My purpose for waking each morning is existing in my own artistic space and expressing myself verbally.

But what gets you going everyday. Is it career, or is there something outside of that. For a lot of people of religious faith it is their love of God. No matter what religious background you come from, so many people believe in something higher than themselves. And for many of these people, God is their purpose. For example, my mother is of Christian faith, who I have watched pray on a regular basis. For others it may be visiting their local house of worship and having conversations with their pastor. But is religion the only reason people have a purpose? There are so many other reasons for purpose in society. What about the introduction of children into your life?

So many people have stated how much purpose their lives have once children come into play. For those who may feel lonely, it gives them purpose in a world where they feel they have no purpose. And then, you have those that birth children simply because they want to pass on the love they have for themselves. Giving something you deem precious to someone to pass along is of great gift to you. And there is nothing like holding and caring for something that has grown inside of you or you can shape to carry on your legacy. That purpose is a purpose that no matter your ethnic or religious background, everyone can connect to in life. Yet, there are so many other reasons to have purpose besides friends and family. What about your own career endeavors.

Embarking on a journey of your own success is of great purpose itself. Such a great feeling to build yourself into something especially if you’ve come from nothing like many do. Your purpose may be to prove the statistics wrong that have said someone that looks like you, coming from where you come from can’t be successful. Proving that stat wrong gives you so much purpose in itself. See, in the end, everyone’s life need to have purpose on some level. If not, you will fall into a rut and not be able to continue on. My advice is to find that purpose and push at it, because I have and take it from me, it’s worth the hardships you go through. Because there is something on the other end.


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BIRTH RITE: WHY ARE YOU HERE

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“Why were put on this earth?”

To ask the question why you were put on this earth is quite odd because we all know why were placed on this earth. Your father’s sperm and your mother’s egg; and in 9 months you were brought into existence. No, no, no, I am referring to why you wake up every single day. So many people wake up in the morning, just to exist until the next day. I heard a quote once that stated if you’re living for Friday and dreading Monday, you’re not living. Then what should you be doing? It’s easy to say what you shouldn’t do. But how many people have the skills and know how to go out into the world and be who they should be.

Note that I said should be instead of what everyone else wants from you. Because what you expect from you is who you should be, but other people will tell you to do this or that. But how dare they! How dare they assume they know something about you: you strengths, your weaknesses, your skills, your intellect. They don’t know you, that’s why it’s called self-awareness. You must have a sense of self so when people make assumptions you can correct them.Yet self awareness comes with a lot of time knowing yourself. I guess it’s why I have stayed single for so long so I am not determined by way of the relationship that I am in.

But all of this still leaves questions as to what is our purpose on this earth. Well, once you understand your self worth and become aware, then you can define your purpose. And that purpose can be to educate, to learn, to feed people, to fight tyranny,  to prophesied, and/or to lead. Note that I didn’t include to earn money. Understand that making an income is good for surviving in the world. But when your purpose for existence is to work, there could be some downsides to this. For instance, if you shall ever lose your job, your reason for existence diminishes as well. So your purpose has to be something outside of your career.

In the end, you have to figure out what is it you are here to do. What is sad is that most people will never find their purpose. They will live their whole lives not knowing why they were here. And that is a fear of mine. Which is why I took it upon myself to work at my purpose. Now, I have not started yet, but I know to a degree that purpose.

Up All Night: Why We Waste Our 20’s

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“What have you done with your 20’s?”

We Are Young is such a great song by the group FUN. It has so many meanings, but one sticks out to me. How much time we actually waste in our 20’s as we come through this decade is what I have gotten out of this song. It’s right in the chorus of this song, “So if by the time, the bar closes, and you feel like falling down, I’ll carry, you home, tonight.” That line brings up so many memories for so many young people who spend their 20’s bar hopping and hooking up. In your early 20’s, you are typically a college student. Study and attend classes four days out of the week, maybe hold down a part time job. Then from Thursday through Sunday, you party it up. Because then again, C’s get degrees.

Once out of school, you get a day job, working five days per week, eight hours per day. On Friday, you go out with friends, and lounge on Saturday because you’re too hung over from the night before. Hell, you might even go out Saturday night because when you’re young, whose thinking about church Sunday morning. Then Sunday night, hopefully your weekend hangover is wrapping up for the daily grind come Monday morning. Then, as you are nearing the end of your 20’s, life sinks into your brain. You go, what the hell did I do this entire decade.

The whole time you spent hooking up with random people and partying. But you never ceased the moments to pursue your career endeavors. Ten years is a long time, but from 19-29 years of age it goes by fast. This is why at the age of 20 I spent the next four years figuring out my three important keys to success in my life: what do I love, am I good at it, and can I sustain myself financially down the road. So at the age of 24 years, I decided I love writing/film making/producing; mainly screenwriting and novels, would be my career goals. So here I am at age 29 years old the end of this month, having spent the past nearly six years learning, working my craft.

Now I am in the process of building my audience: posting my daily blog post, pre-production for my next short film, and as well as finishing up my first novel and first book of short stories. All the while holding down multiple part-time gigs to support myself along the way. I look at my life and go, what did I do with my 20’s. I look at my crappy apartment and cheap clothing so monetary expenses can go toward more productive goals. I think to myself, “Wow, you should have just partied with everyone else.” “Because financially they are ahead of you.” True, but also false as well.

Having spent the greater portion of this decade putting in what is know as my 10,000 hours, my writing slowly paying off. Don’t get me wrong nothing is guaranteed, but the work is being put in in preparation of. I think to myself why aren’t more people in their 20’s putting in the time to pursue their career interests. Then it dawned on me that they don’t have any. Some would say that is a lack of drive and ambition, but not necessarily in your 20’s. Yes athletes and some entertainers who are 22 and 23 year old global brands are not the norm. Because they have usually spent from elementary school until their 20’s on their craft.

And that is what it all boils down to, purpose. There was a very well known book called, “Purpose Driven Life.” What is your purpose driven life? A lot of young people don’t know their purpose driven life. At the age of 24 years, I decided I would be a storyteller. I wrote down ideas and I am currently in the execution process of these ideas. Starting with my first novel, book of short stories, and my first short film that I wrote, directed, and produced; which I uploaded on YouTube. Scary thing about purpose, is that some people will live their entire lives not knowing their purpose on earth.

Why me at my age? Why did I figure this out so young? I don’t have life figured out, but I know to a great enough degree regarding my career. Is it chemical, how ones brain is wired? Or better yet, maybe it’s divine intervention. There are so many reasons that bring us to purpose, but my reason for coming to writing initially was internal. Writing was an escape from personal issues I faced. Started at age 22, and only did it become a viable career path once I hit 24/25 years of age.

So in the end, we don’t maliciously waste our 20’s, it’s a time you don’t know much about yourself. Your self awareness is not strong, so you can’t see your full self worth. I saw my worth and potential at such a young age, which is why I started before everyone else. But hopefully everyone else will as well. Because if your life revolves around living just for Friday and dreading to wake up Monday morning, you are not living a full life.