Our Work and Legacy
It is amazing the amount of incompetence we all encounter in our day to day lives. Doctors who are bad at what they do, lawyers who are bad at what they do, customer service agents who are bad at what they do. But it is not the incompetence in our society that upsets me. It is the fact that people who clearly have no love or talent for their job, still insist on making it their life´s work.
How often do we find that people choose their profession for reasons that have nothing to do with calling or natural predisposition? People choose what pays well or what pleases their parents over what resonates with them. They assume that their natural talents are not as valuable, as being employed in a secure or well-paying profession.
But are they right? Would our society truly fall apart or become impoverished if people expressed themselves by doing what they loved?
Perhaps it is true that in this case we would have a lot fewer doctors. However we would also have a lot more healers. A lot more people who focus on preventing disease and keeping people healthy. There would likely be less of a monopoly in our pharmaceutical industry, and an emphasis would start being made on taking responsibility for our own conditions.
The same can be said for any area of life. Instead of having ever more call centers and customer service agents who work for big companies, we could go back to having more family-owned small businesses. This would bring back a certain amount of creativity and personalized interaction into worker´s lives.
So do not be afraid of being true to yourself. Know that you have a gift and that in life, you are meant to share that gift. So start planning to make an investment in yourself. Do leave yourself room to fail. Do not stake your whole life on the outcome of a single enterprise. But keep trying, keep working on your craft, keep putting yourself out there fearlessly and consistently, until success knocks on your door.
¨”In doing something, do it with love, or never do it at all.”- Mahatma Gandhi