“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
This title is associated with someone who is a workaholic. Up until a few years ago, I fitted the mould perfectly: I succumbed to the pressure of wanting to be the highest billing lawyer, and devoted night and day to getting there. I was obsessed to the point where nothing else mattered.
In hindsight, it was stupid, not least because I missed out on so much of my family life.
My work… is my life.
Not in the sense of consuming my time, but the alignment between me and my work.
I haven’t got to the position, articulated by Derek Sivers, where if it’s not Hell Yeah! or no I can turn my back on work; but, each day, I try to ensure that I do the work that pushes me to become the most that I can be.
It’s not easy. When you are self-employed the temptation is to accept anything that comes along. I’ve got better not only at being able to say no but moving my work away from pure social media towards my vision of establishing a business where I help my clients awaken their genius.
I have a long way to go before I have in place the collateral to scale a business, but it’s so much easier to maintain focus when you are doing something that inspires you to think beyond your own wants and needs i.e. helping others to achieve their full potential.
To be clear. I’m not in the camp where I seek to map out my peripatetic journey as a template for others, but, instead, to awaken you to your own genius and help you build a life where you focus on becoming the best version of you.
Getting to this point has its own story. I have gone through at least two on-line incarnations to understand my true purpose. In the early days, my vision was supported by the democratising effects of social media and thereafter the notion of brand you. But, if I’m honest, neither lined up with the bigger message, namely to become what we truly are.
For someone who has worked their whole life in a series of unremarkable jobs, coming to this point feels positively revelatory. It means now I am what I say, rather than having to espouse a message in support of something I don’t truly believe in.
I see my mission to help everyone align their work with who they are. This isn’t just a case of following your dreams but doing work that unlocks the real you. The second person if you like that you have allowed to go to sleep.
I still don’t know how many people are inspired to seek greater alignment, but my sense is that given a choice between going to work and being frustrated with the unexpressed you and living a life where the creative self is allowed to come alive, most would chose the latter.
I know it has taken me a long time to get to this point but the truth of the matter is that only in the process of bringing my creative spirit to life (my genius) have I discovered what I want to do with the rest of my life.