THE BLOG
10/19/2010 04:38 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Finding Success: Are You Doing What You Love?

Throughout human history, every successful person who has walked this earth has shared and left behind secrets about the path to success and what it actually means. I have found there to be a common theme in the lives of these people, and by the way, the odds were not always in their favour. Success to these people had nothing to do with money at all but a deep inner joy of using their true gifts to make a contribution to the world at large. They knew that in order for success to be found and lived, they had to tread on a path of unconventional means. They were not interested in living a life that the masses wanted or coveted. They wanted to create original lives, and they wanted to be originals. Whether they knew exactly what they were destined to contribute or not was not their primary concern -- they were after passionate engagement. Finding their mission and life's work fuelled their souls and hearts on a daily basis. To be engaged in work that totally consumes you and excites you is one of the secrets of success. Your soul cannot feel passionate about working in an office if that is not your true calling. The soul cannot be mocked, and your discontent is your soul telling you that there is something else that you need to look for or find.

Unfortunately, the society that we live in reinforces the belief that you can't make money doing what you love but rather earning money doing something that you have no passion for. This paradox paralyses many people, and suffice it to say that they never move in the direction of the heavenly stars. This belief, of course, is an illusion. History is full of extraordinary individuals who followed their bliss and ended up living lives beyond their imagination. Success is not an easy grade to pass -- it begins in the mind, followed by the right attitude, then action, and before you know it, the heavens will open up to you. Bear in mind the words of Albert Schweitzer: "I don't know what your destiny will be, but I do know one thing: the only ones among you who will be happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."

I'm sure you've heard of the saying, "Luck is when preparation meets opportunity." If destiny brings you the opportunity and you are not prepared to meet it halfway, then luck will pass you by as if you were a stranger. Positive thinking is a muscle, a muscle of the spirit that must be disciplined and utilized to work in our favour. Just stating a few positive mantras does not transform a mindset that has indulged in negativity for 30 or 40 years. Just as bodybuilders have to spend years conditioning their body and mind to produce exactly the physique they desire to win a championship, so it is with the mind.

Once at a party I heard someone quoting Randall D. Worley, which left an impression on me for many years: "Being broke is a temporary situation. Being poor is a state of mind".

Do you have a poor state of mind? A poverty mindset always sees the cup as half-empty, and therefore has nothing to do with how much money we make or have. It is a cultivated disposition, and it can be transformed. The reason we see the cup as half-empty is because we're not using our full capacity or potential. Each one of us has a reservoir of creativity, ideas, skills, knowledge that we have at our disposal if only we tap into it. Lao-Tsu said it best: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step".

Are you doing what you love? Any new undertaking or journey or endeavour requires that first crucial step, and your focus should not be on how far you have to go but on actually taking that first step towards your dreams. You would be amazed at how things will flow for you and how the journey of a thousand miles in actuality becomes effortless.

I will leave you with these words:

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.

If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. (Chinese proverb)