How do you find your purpose and passion in life? I believe most of us would only seriously look at this question when we are old and about to die. Often times, we asked ourselves this question but we choose to ignore them as we have expenses to pay and we can’t really live our dreams and identify our purpose in life. As a result, most of us just do what was being told by their supervisors and overlooked their real purpose in life.
How I found my purpose and passion in life
I found my purpose and passion while I was setting up my own businesses. Both companies are into service sectors. They are providing a service to my clients. One of them was a problem-solving issue where I received tonnes of complaints from my clients and I had to find a solution to solve them. Along the way, I tried to look for alternative solutions, and I was glad to be able to provide a modified solution with a more cost effective solution to my clients till this date. From there, I realised something about myself that one of my passion is to help my customers solve the most critical issues or problems.
When I set up my haircut shop and as I learnt from Robert Kiyosaki’s books. I discovered the importance of having a higher calling in setting my company’s mission. (Click here to read more about my company’s mission). I was thinking what would my company’s mission be as this was just a haircut business. I didn’t have the mission for a number of months until one day while I was in church, and I saw the video about a ministry who was helping the elderly people. It CLICKED! In my mind, I said this will be my company’s mission. So, I called up my church pastor, and I told him that I will be offering a free haircut to elderly people on a quarterly basis. He agreed readily, and that was how my company’s mission was set.
Something I didn’t share with you. My first charity haircut was little awkward to me as I didn’t know most of the elderly people. As we progressed into several quarters, I began to open up and chatted with the elderly people. From then on, our relationship started to grow and I know deep down in my heart, I received a very comforting feeling whenever I see the elderly people walked away from church premise with a refreshing look as they received the free haircut from us. The wonderful thing about this charity is the warmth that you received from them, their sincerity in wanting to thank you (some of the elderly people after receiving the haircut would walk up to me and thank me despite their walking difficulties). They thought I am doing them a favour but in fact, they helped me to identify what is my purpose in life! I should thank them for helping me to identify my purpose in life.
The picture above (top left-hand side) was an old lady sitting beside me. Her name was Madam Tam when we took the picture in 2013 when she was 100-year-old. She passed away peacefully in Mar 2014. When she was alive, I could not tell that she was already 100 years old as she could hear me clearly and I didn’t have the raise my volume when I talked to her.
Till this day, we still provide quarterly free haircut to the elderly people. Every time, I would think of Madam Tam whenever my staff was cutting hair for elderly people during the charity work. I would make a point to take pictures with several of elderly people whenever I had the opportunity as I don’t know whether I can see them in subsequent quarters. Sad but true. Most of them are around 90 over years old.
I started volunteering in 2013 after I was fired by my ex-employer. I volunteered via Singapore Association in Hong Kong.
I wrote this short message back in Nov 2013 and my purpose for Singapore Association was to help Singaporeans organise events so that they will feel at home even though we are away from our country. Secondly, my next objective is to reach out to the younger generation like Gen Y as I felt that we have left them out.
In 2015, I am happy that we (Singapore Association) finally reached out to the Singapore undergrads living in Hong Kong. We managed to co-organise a Singapore Night with one of the universities in Hong Kong, City University, to promote Singapore culture. I was lucky to invite one of Singapore film director together with a Hong Kong actor to support this event.
Above are the above real life examples that I have shown you with regard to how I managed to identify my purpose and passion in life. Now, we need to talk about how to help you identify what’s yours?
How do you find your purpose and passion in life?
Before we go into the bolts and nuts, I would like to invite you to watch this short 10 min youtube from Adam Leipzig where he simply explain how we can do it.
If you are able to answer the below 5 steps then you have identify your purpose and passion in life.
- Who are you?
- What do you do?
- Who you do it for?
- What do they want or need?
- How do they change as a result?
In conclusion, it is not about us rather it is about how we serve others. No matter how much wealth you have, it will not be yours when you move on in life.
“Don’t just aspire to make a living but aspire to make a DIFFERENCE!” Quote from Denzel Washington
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