What makes you come alive?

There’s no denying the fact that we are living in an uncertain economic era. When it comes to the job market, people are asking themselves which career they should pursue to ensure they can find employment at the end of their training. If we want to emigrate to particular countries, it’s a lot easier if our work is on the ‘skilled occupation list’. As potential university students consider their course choices, the introduction of £9k a year tuition fees is focussing their minds on which option will give them the best ROI.

So which careers are needed? You could say that people will always be born, need education, need food, become ill, need care in later life and ultimately die. Maybe that suggests a career as a chef or an undertaker, a teacher or a midwife.

Do you want to be taught by a teacher who’s only a teacher because she saw a gap in the market? Do you want to eat a meal prepared by a chef who’s actually a frustrated forensic scientist? (I guess that chef would probably be very good at carving!)

‘Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do%

Howard Thurman, an influential American philosopher and civil rights leader said this:

‘Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’

Today’s pebble for your contemplation:

What makes you come alive?

What do you think?


Turning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching. 

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2 Responses to What makes you come alive?

  1. Roger Martini says:

    If only we could really truly grasp this! So often, fear holds me back or worries about what people might think or about money or … or…
    Being certain places makes me come alive, so that helps make up for the mundane.

    And my wife makes me come alive.

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