In one of his recent snapchats, one of my favorite photographers, SamTheCobra, talked briefly about what creativity meant to him. I really dug his perspective, so I’m adapting his concept for today’s post on finding your purpose.
Finding your purpose is a matter of connecting the dots, where the dots in your life fit under three categories: the things you do, the places you go, and the people you hang out with.
Do more things
By doing more things, you begin to narrow down your interests, skills, and abilities. I started playing piano when I was seven years old. I never took lessons, but my sister did, and I was curious enough to learn how to play after hearing her practice all the time. Once I picked it up, I never stopped playing.
It’s the same story for when I first started writing, and when I picked up photography. I saw other people doing it, decided “hey, I’d like to try that!” and gave it a go. Those things stuck with me because I had a knack for them. But remember that you’re going to find a lot of things you aren’t good at either. That’s normal. Keep trying new things until you find something you like. (More on finding your strengths here).
Go more places
Admittedly, I don’t travel nearly as much as I should. But every time I’ve gone somewhere new, whether it’s a different state, city, or even a different part of town, a story inevitably unfolds.
Staying in the same place gives you a limited pool from which to draw inspiration from. There’s an old saying, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Meet more people
You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. I spend my time with people who are driven to succeed. I just took a thirty minute break from writing this very post so I could talk on the phone with my friend who’s thinking about creating his own blog. We talked about his vision, the book he wants to write, and how we will keep each other accountable with consistently putting out content to our followers.
Having good people by your side helps tremendously with developing a sense of purpose. When you know there are others who share your same vision, it makes it easy to keep working hard towards the same end-goal.
Do more. Explore more. Hang out with the right people. When these three things are firing on all cylinders, a synergistic effect starts to emerge — connecting the dots happens more often, and finding purpose and passion suddenly aren’t impossible tasks.