Finding your true calling is about finding what fulfills you in life. Doing it brings you joy and energy, and you could do this activity 24/7. The notion of a “true calling” comes from the idea that you are drawn to this activity because it makes you feel aligned with your values.
People tend to associate a true calling with passion. A passion is something you love doing. A true calling aligns with your values and identity. You can be passionate about reading, but it doesn’t directly appeal to your values. It’s a passive activity.
However, your love for reading may lead you to become a writer because creating a beautiful piece of content fulfills you. A true calling is about actively practicing something you love and that aligns with your own identity.
If none of the things you are doing in your life “calls” you, it’s totally fine. You have your entire life to find your true calling, and it usually comes when you expect it the least. Being open to new opportunities and learning from your failures will pave the way towards it.
Many inspiring leaders have explored different lines of work before finding what resonates with them. The story of Muskan Sethi is an inspiring example. She started her adult life by studying Commerce first, switched to IT and then settled for an English major at Delhi University. After graduating, she became fond of fashion and went to do a master’s degree in fashion journalism and brand management in London. After a couple of years of working in this field, she still didn’t find this path fulfilling. She went back home and started a job in social work. That’s when she came across the world of online games and fell in love with it. It was completely different from all the things she had tried, but she kept doing it because it felt right to her.
She is now India Ambassador for one of the most renowned companies in the entertainment industry.
She followed her heart when she explored many different fields from computers to fashion, but also had the courage to stop when she felt like it didn’t align with who she was as a person. Her patience was rewarded when she found her true calling in online games.
If you wonder why spending time abroad has become popular in recent years, it’s because a new environment can challenge individual preconceived ideas.
The country, education, and family you grew up with gave you conscious and unconscious biases that can stop you from being your true self. For instance, you may have grown up in a big family where there was someone around you all the time. But during your retreat, you found it hard to live with strangers for two weeks and realized that living by yourself or with people you know is the ideal housing situation for you.
The same thing can apply to values and identity. Being confronted with new ideas will question your values and it will lead you to reflect on your beliefs. Traveling to a new country is one example, but simply joining a local group or trying a new activity also works. What matters is that you do something that will take you away from your comfort zone and reflect on it. Being open-minded is the best way to figure out your core values.
Finding your true calling implies that you need to be ready to face yourself and accept your good and bad qualities. That requires courage and confidence, which is why creativity is helpful.
Creative work is fuelled by your spirit and what you think is “good.” It’s a great way to tap into who you are as a person and what you consider valuable work. It will also bring you a sense of satisfaction.
As creativity comes without judgment, this is also a great way to build self-confidence. You are creating what feels right to you and then sharing it with others. Some of your ideas will be praised, others won’t, but that’s also how you will learn about your true calling. People will always have something to say about your work. But the activity that you will continue doing, despite other people’s comments, means that you have found your true calling.
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong,” said Joseph Chilton Pearce, an American author who wrote several books about human development. Finding your true calling may take time, but the road towards it is what’s most rewarding. It’s about understanding who you are as an individual and allowing yourself to make a positive impact in your community.