BY ROSE ODENGO
To make it in life ,there is the good old beaten path. Go to school, get good grades, get a good job; what some like to call it permanent ,a pensionable job with a couple of benefits.
This is the path your parents may have followed. It is an ideal way of kick-starting life because it gives you direction. But is that all? Is living your life to the fullest just about trudging along the same path your parents went through?
The answer is no! James Karundu, founder of passionBiz Academy, a business mentorship and coaching organization, believes it is essential to follow us beaten path up to a certain point.
“You need to figure out what is the right point to detour to your life’s purpose “.He says.
Your life, like everyone else’s is an individual path. What you need to do is learn how to distinguish between the beaten path and what Karundu likes to call, your True North.
The Truth North is what some may call your life’s purpose. But how do you know you were made for one thing over the another? Karundu has a simple formula to help you figure it out in his class 5E’s + TLC.
1.EASY:Does what you do, or like to do, come easily to you? It could be writing, football ,even understanding the complexity of soil and it’s impact on plants. Bill Gates and childhood friend Tim Allen would spend hours coding as teenagers; soon they created computer code for the first personal computer. They founded Microsoft, which is the world’s leading technology firms, and which has changed how the world interacts and works.
2.EFFORTLESS :Maybe you never struggle doing whatever it is that you do. It is the kind of thing that could take you 15minutes to do, when someone else with lesser skill or knack may take even ten times the effort and time to get it done.
3.EXCITES YOU :This is your go to, even the sound or the thought of it gives you reason to stay up at night or get up early in the morning. You constantly have new ideas and insights and you keep researching on them.
4.ENERGIZES YOU :This is the thing that lights fire in your belly. You can’t live another day without engaging in it, be it developing an application, writing, sport, acting.It is endless research and improvement. If what you enjoy doing was taken away from you today, you would be completely empty, Daymond john, founder of FUBU fashion line and co-host of shark Tank, an American reality TV show where budding entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to industry titans, has admitted to his obsession to see people wearing his clothes, even if it was for free.
5 .EVIDENCE OF IMPACT :When you are so engaged in the hobby or craft you enjoy, there is an impact. Not just monetarily, but also in your community. It you he teaching part time at a local school, or may be organizing a fundraising concert with your music band for a charity of your choice. It’s simply using your gifting to do more than make money.
6.TALK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME :You probably annoy people when they see you now. This is all you ever talk about. It could be a new car design, your fascination with the new Engineering techniques, the phenomenal goal you saw Ronaldo shoot during a UEFA championship match. Listen to yourself more closely in conversations because that’s where your life purpose lies.
7.LOVE IT:If you ramble about it every waking day, you sure do love what you doing. When you love something , it oozes out of you, not just in speech but also how you lead your life. Those interested in sports may find themselves adapting to better eating habits and exercise routines. An engineer may spend more time exploring new innovations ;a writer may spend more time writing and sharing insight with other like minded writers to grow his skill. What you love, you will naturally find yourself inclined to improve.
8.CARE DEEPLY ABOUT IT:Whatever you love,you will deeply care for.And this may find you drawn to either creating or being involved in a cause.Erin Gruwell,an American teacher and founder of Freedom Writers Foundation ,an organisation that uses unique and transformative teaching curriculum to improve the quality of learning and prospects in children,used her love for teaching and literature and adapted a new model of learning to disenfranchised students,impacting their lives greatly.This lead to some of her students initially unable to read to read,co-authoring an anthology of their personal memoirs.