I like most had joined the educational system to be set up for a life on the hedonic treadmill, working as an administrator – contributing little to the world and simply existing. As I sat at my desk I looked out over the fields seeing the sun go down behind the tree day after day questioning what my true purpose in life was and was this really it.
This allowed me to ask myself the same question as I would encourage yourself to ask yourself – what would you do if there were no financial or educational restrictions to you achieving your true purpose in life. How would you really enjoy spending your life? People would love to authors, poets artists, actors and in my instance a magician.
Perusing your true purpose in life will always come up against the naysayers saying you can’t do that and you won’t be able to make any money out of it and as a result resign yourself to a life of mediocrity.
In order to find your true purpose in life it is important to visualise yourself doing it. Let’s take my example of becoming a magician. Forget the money and the financial rewards and only focus on what drives you and you love. If you are not financially motivated you will find that your pour your life and passion into it. If you do this, you will become a master or your art. If you are a master of your art people will naturally be attracted to you and what you offer because you are the top of your game. If this is the case, you can charge a high price for your services. It’s simply a matter of re-framing your perspective as what is important in your life and what drives you.
If, however, you say that money is the most important thing for finding your purpose in life then you will always be financially driven and never find a true happiness and contentment in your life whilst worth much more than any financial rewards.
If you are driven by money you will spend your whole life doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living to continue doing things you don’t like doing. Its often been said that its far better to lead a short life doing something that you love than having a long life doing something you don’t like and at worst, detest. If you become a master of your art form, no matter how niche, whatever you can be interested in then you’ll find others can be interested in it too. The same is applicable in my instance. When I first started as a professional magician – magic wasn’t cool or interesting by I poured my heart and soul into focussing on the one thing that drives me – my purpose.
Over time I have established myself as one of the most successful wedding magicians in the UK. More than that, because I knew the secret, when the entertainment industry ground to a stand-still in 2020, it was my responsibility to reinvent myself in a world gripped by coronavirus. Although I was still promoting myself as a magician London, Having to pivot from face to face performances, I was one of the first pioneers of a professional online magic show. Whilst at the start, there was no interest, over time people began to realise this was the new normal and I worked tirelessly to establish myself as an authority in my field. At Christmas, my clients ranged from Mars, to Coca Cola. So again, even though one may think it wouldn’t work for them, in my life I have done it twice with the same service / product – magic.
So the question you should always start with is “What is my purpose in life?” To help you, it is worth considering what you wanted to be as a child and go from there. After all, magic is an art form which of course takes us back to that infantile state of astonishment. You only have one life. Live it.