When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact. That is—everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you. And you can change it. You can influence it. . . . Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again. —STEVE JOBS
How Do You Want to Contribute?
If I have the experiences I desire in question #1 and have grown in these remarkable ways as in question #2, then how can I give back to the world?
IN MY CAREER: What are your visions for your freelance career? What contribution to your field would you like to make?
IN MY CREATIVE LIFE: What creative activities do you love to do or what would you like to learn? What are some ways you can share your creative self with the world?
IN MY FAMILY LIFE: Picture yourself being with your family, not as you think you “should” be but in ways that fill you with happiness. What wonderful experiences are you having together?
What can you contribute to the family that is unique to you? Remember, your family doesn’t have to be a traditional family—define “family” as those whom you truly love and want to spend time with.
IN MY COMMUNITY LIFE: Your community could be your friends, neighborhood, city, state, nation, religious community, ethnicity, or the world community. Looking at everything that makes you who you are, what is the mark that you want to leave on the world that excites and deeply satisfies you?
STOP Before You Answer Read This:
If your career doesn’t seem like its making a legitimate contribution to the world take a deeper look and see what you can do to change or add to its contribution. Can you take the initiative to help train wannabe freelancers or mentor them?
Share your struggles and experiences so others can avoid these roadblocks or overcome them with less trouble. You could even list them online so anyone could learn from them.
What creative activities do you love to do or that you would love to learn? It could be anything from singing, cooking, or even playing a musical instrument which you could play at a nursing home or cook for a community shelter.
When it comes to the family don’t look at it as the way society says you’re supposed to be but do what really makes the family happy and grow together. What wonderful experiences are you having together?
What values do you want to embody and pass along? What can you contribute to the family that is unique to you? Remember your family doesn’t have to be the traditional family it doesn’t have to fall into the category that society gives it.
Your community is quite frankly everyone you are in contact with family, friends, city, state, country, the world so what could you contribute to any one of them?
With all your abilities, unique experiences, and all your creative ideas there are numerous things you could do and who knows you may leave your make on them and the world.
There are so many avenues you have to give back and contribute to the community all it takes is a little thought.
It’s time to break out of the I-Robot Society Syndrome and become the individual you were meant to be and start living the extraordinary life you desire.