Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook gave the graduation speech at Harvard recently. Within it were great thoughts pointing to the need of individuals to have life purpose.
Over ten years ago I had a longing for purpose, prayed and then saw a book for sale in the grocery store called Pathway to Purpose for Women. It was by Katie Brazelton and it said she was from Saddleback Church so I was intrigued. (My husband and I had gone to a church growth conference at Saddleback Church on our honeymoon 26 yrs ago so the organization was near and dear to me.) I knew I had to purchase the book. That one God-instructed decision inspired the rest of my life direction.
Getting back to Zuckerberg...so I have been well-acquainted with mankind's need for life purpose...but it is interesting to hear a viewpoint from today's millennial generation.
While Zuckerberg does point to the potential for big ideas, he also pares it down by honestly pointing out the reality that every big idea starts small, comes with risk, potential for failure, and requires persistence. Here is a quote:
"Ideas don't come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started."
I haven't produced big earth-changing products, but I have experienced this theory of things becoming clearer as you work on them. After my coach training, I started this blog. From it I wrote Kindle books for sale on Amazon. As I work on my writing, things become clearer.
I got back into art after needing something to de-stress. I now have a full website full of paintings and an Instagram page full of novelty art illustrations. I don't know the end of the story for any of them. My goal has been to share my work with the world and the Internet allows me to do that.
I sketched, I painted, I doodled with coloured pencils, I learned how to scan them in, I learned how to load them on Fine Art America, I learned how to convert computer photos to Instagram...Everything has been self-taught. I just got started on each project.
If you have an idea, just get started on it! Start where you are with what you have and grow. You'll feel a greater sense of purpose when you do.