We have been brain washed by society to “Never give up”, to “keep at it” and to “try and try until we succeed”. And that is totally fine – if you love what you are doing. But what if you don’t? What if what you are doing is making you miserable and you would rather be doing something else?
Yes. You heard me right. Quit! There is no shame in quitting. We sometimes have to lose a battle to win the war. We need to learn to choose which battles to fight.
Four years ago, I quit being a nurse. It wasn’t an instantaneous decision. I prayed long and hard about it. I’ve always known even when I was still in college that the medical profession just wasn’t for me. It just didn’t feel right.
Then I started going to a Christian church in Dumaguete called Bread of Life. It was there where I learned about the 3 M’s:
- Master – that’s God. We have to seek Him first above all else.
- Mate – that’s your soul mate, the person you are meant to be with.
- Mission – that’s your calling, your reason for being.
I understood Master and Mate, but, mission? What was my mission? Bread of Life taught me that everyone is born with a mission. Your mission is that one thing that you love to do so much that you can’t help but do it with excellence.
After graduation I tried a lot of things. I wasn’t always this focused. I didn’t even know what my mission was yet. Sometimes, the only way to find out what you love to do is by trying a lot of things. Life is a series of never ending experiments. The more experiments you do, the closer you will be to the solution. So, I tried being a reviewer for the NLE, an IELTS reviewer, I tried network marketing, I tried my hand at managing our hardware and I also tried being a nurse. During these experimental years, I had fun. I learned a lot. For instance, by being a reviewer I discovered I love to teach – just not nursing subjects. By managing our hardware I learned the importance of having a system. Without a proper system, no business can thrive. By trying network marketing – I discovered I enjoy being in sales. By being a nurse – I verified that nursing really was not for me.
But God works in surprising ways. Shortly after that I met Sha Nacino – also a Toastmaster – and she invited me to this real estate seminar in Manila. The first time I stepped into the conference hall filled with brokers, lawyers, investors…I felt like I was home. I didn’t know it at that time, but my future partners in Truly Wealthy,Mitch and Guia, were also there. And that is where it all began. That is how Truly Wealthy Realty Corp. was born.
They say that winners never quit, and quitters never win. This isn’t always true. Sometimes, you have to know when it’s time to quit.
I quit being a nurse and I never once regretted it. I gave up my initial plan of working abroad to earn dollars and instead, chose to stay in the Philippines to work on my own business. And you know what? It has been one great ride! There is nothing as fulfilling as doing something you love everyday.
According to Steve Jobs, The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
What do you love to do?
Do you love speaking? Then be a professional speaker!
Do you love to cook? Open your own catering service!
Do you love to sing? Assess yourself first – before you choose to pursue a career in singing. (Singing may not love you back.lol)
We all have a calling. Heed the call. Learn to monetize what you love to do.
Make your passion your profession.
Go live a Truly Wealthy life!