Dave Isay Believes In The Power Of Finding Your Calling. But What Does This Mean?

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Type of story: Simple, inspiring and educational.

Duration: 3-5 mins

Most profound learnings: This is one of our favourite articles for people trying to find work or a passion after an injury. Whilst it wasn’t written specifically for an injured audience, I think it will really resonate with those thinking of starting something new.

I really like the fact that whilst the author is clearly trying to inspire action he doesn’t try to overly sugarcoat the challenges of finding your purpose. 

Article Source: https://blog.ed.ted.com/2016/05/10/7-ideas-about-finding-the-work-you-were-meant-to-do/


Summary of article: Dave Isay is the founder of storycoprs, a website dedicated to sharing people’s stories. As part of his work, Dave interviewed many people on the subject of finding their true calling in life. These stories he collected into a book called Callings: the purpose and passions of work.

One of the key messages of finding your calling is that it’s active work; finding isn’t a passive verb. Therefore, it takes conscious action to find what you really want to do with your life. Here are the other important takeaways from the book:

1. Your calling doesn’t mean good pay

Although we’ve all been taught that money is the main purpose of working, this isn’t true. Emotional and mental satisfaction are always more important, and your calling will most likely mean a lower paycheck that what you think you want.

2. Finding your calling is only the first step

The idea of finding your calling makes it sound like the process is complete once you’ve found it. But as Isay argues, it’s what comes after that really matters. Repositioning yourself in the world of work is what takes determination and strength.

3. Age doesn’t matter

You’re never too old to change careers for something you love. You might know what you want to be from childhood, or it might take you most of your life to change careers. This doesn’t matter; doing emotionally fulfilling work does.

4. Finding your calling is intersectional

Your true calling is at the intersection of something you love, something that makes you feel appreciated, and the belief that your work makes other people’s lives better.

5. Finding your calling often comes from difficulty

Difficult life experiences are many things, but among them is a learning experience. Difficulty can lead to clarity, which can lead to change. Perhaps an injury or illness has made you reassess your life, often for the better.

6. People’s advice matters

While your decision is yours to make, people will often push you in the right direction. It might be as simple as saying you’re good at something or them suggesting you go back into education. Be aware of these signs and listen to what people are trying to tell you. Finding your calling is as relational as it is personal.

7. Finding your calling takes courage

Courage comes in different forms, and pursuing your calling requires courage. This could be the courage to leave the financial security of your current job, or it could be the courage to become a pioneer in a certain field. Many callings come from people taking issue with the status quo, and them deciding to change it for the better.

Conclusion: Finding your calling can be simple, but for many it’s a challenging process. Just remember that it’s never too late to overcome adversity in your life and to find happiness in work. After all, what’s the point in having money if you’re always unhappy? Why not check out Dave Isay’s book for more tips?