“True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
– Helen Keller
It was Saturday afternoon on my weekly adventure at Walmart buying groceries. After I checked out and was leaving the store, I ran into a young martial arts student who used to attend my school. I asked him how and what he was doing these days.
He looked at me with a deep sigh. “I am a manager at a factory.”
“Well, good for you! I hope you enjoy working there,” I said with a smile.
Looking straight into my eyes he replied, “No, not really. I hate it. I just go to work every day, do my job and keep my mouth shut.” Dropping his head, he turned and walked away.
I stood there dumbfounded. Not even the chance to reply with encouraging advice to do something better for himself. Instead, I was left feeling the emptiness he carried inside of him.
The reality today is many people just go to work every day, do their jobs and keep their mouths shut. Like a broken record over and over again, I hear people’s stories about how miserable they are in their jobs, careers or as business owners.
But, what if you’re performing well at the job you hate? Are you successful?
What if you’re earning significant income? Does it make you happy?
What if you have power and status? Are you fulfilled and joyful?
If you are working in a job you hate, the answer is no. You are not happy. Sorry!
Truth hurts. Truth is scary. But you know what, if you are in a career you hate being unfulfilled, the truth is you are unhappy because you’re not living aligned with your soul purpose.
But, you deserve to be happy.