A bit back I wrote about looking for my life’s goal. As these things go, it’s good to have it simmer in the back of your mind for a bit, not giving it too much attention. Yesterday however I had a friend over and she asked about the specific blog post and what it had gotten me so far.
It would be so much easier if life really had signs like this. Though you’d probably get to someone trying to sell you something…
First off, I got a few very nice replies. No answers, but further things to think about and to to inspire me. Nice!
Second, just writing things down can give a good jolt to the old subconsciousness to start working on it. Though I’m definitely not anywhere near figuring out what it is I want to do completely, I have gotten a few more ideas about it.
It should definitely be about “making the world a better place”. That can be in many different ways, but I think I feel most passionate helping people (as opposed to, for example, the environment (which indirectly helps people as well of course. Still, not my biggest passion)).
There should be a lasting impact. The “teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime”-idea. Though I believe just “doing the right thing” can already have a lasting impact through inspiration.
And as mentioned in my previous post, I would rather help organize something than do it myself.
I would enjoy it if I could use the skill-set I’ve built up over the years. That includes mathematics, modeling, economics, risk management, finance. But also writing, influencing, organizing, structuring. And I would definitely want to expand on these and other skills as well.
Building up something from scratch would be difficult (though some time in the future I hope to have the experience / gumption to start something up all by myself). Therefore, for the short-to-medium term it would be good to attach myself to something already existing.
One thing I’m seeing in the world is a drive to organizing things at a lower level: People are producing more of their own food, initiatives are being taken in neighborhoods instead of in the mayor’s office and I think this something very worthwhile. It allows people to take fate in their own hands, to be more pro-active and in the end to take care of things better.
I’ve found that I can only think about this for small stretches at a time. Somehow, real life always seems to intervene again… But with a bit of patience, I’m sure it’ll become clear in due time…
Taking all the above together I would end up with:
Helping to organize something where people can take matters in their own hands where it regards to the economy, finance and risk.
Not sure where that might take me (though I have some ideas), but it definitely helps to narrow the field a bit.
Do you have tips for me? And what would be the “elements” of your own life’s goal?