Don’t Worry About Finding Your Purpose

Friday morning I was driving to work and listening to “Mike and Mike” on ESPN radio and they had Buster Olney on their show for a segment. If you do not know who he is, he’s a phenomenal writer for ESPN.com and is always on ESPN talking baseball during the long season. I have always liked him (even though he graduated from Vanderbilt) and respected what he had to say but that respect grew even more on Friday.

It was 5:30 AM central time when I was listening to the show and Mike Greenberg asked Buster what time he woke up that morning because he knew he was in Arizona where it was still basically the middle of the night. Buster simply replied that he woke up at 1:30 AM filed his column then had gone to the airport to fly back to New York. He went on to break down some teams and gave his thoughts on spring training thus far with unbelievable enthusiasm. While listening to that and driving to work I realized I wanted that kind of passion. I envy the way that Buster Olney looks at his day. He was fired up to be awake that early talking about baseball because that is what he loves to do.

Honestly for me it is frustrating to hear about people who are living their dream job. It is frustrating because I wish I was there and I feel a long way away from that. I have an idea of what I want to do and what would be a dream job for me but I can’t say with 100% certainty what a dream job looks like for me.

In Jon Acuff‘s book “Start” there is some great advice on this topic:

“Forget finding a purpose. It’s a never-ending story that will leave you empty. Live with purpose instead…Whatever you’re going to do, do it with purpose. Not as if purpose is a key you’re going to find in the bottom of a trunk of old sweaters, but rather as if purpose is an approach to life that can shape everything you do.”

If you are like me and have not found your dream job then I hope this advice helps. Live with purpose and let the rest take care of itself.