I began to realize that my passions were not my purpose. My passions represented ways I could bring my purpose to life, but they were not the purpose itself. This was a huge realization for me -- I finally understood why the whole 'follow your passions' thing had never worked. I was passionate, yes, but my purpose was still missing.
When bold people walk in faith and work hard to make their dreams come true, the faithless crowd perceives arrogance. Sometimes arrogance is just faith. But the crowd doesn't live its dreams, the crowd doesn't build a business that will impact the world and the crowd doesn't live an extraordinary life.
Around the time I turned 50, I had the following dilemma to consider: either continue working for another 10 to 15 years in my old career to ensure a financially secure retirement, or change to a new career that is better aligned with my passion and purpose. After a period of struggling with this question, I finally decided to change to a new career in my mid-50s.