Hello there! You might wanna check the previous posts (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) in this series so you can make more sense of what I’m talking about here, if you haven’t already ;). Otherwise, just ignore what I just said and continue scrolling to know more about how I did it and how you can do it as well.
Answering those questions will be like…
I had to push myself to do that first exercise and answer that second question a few times in my life already. First at school, to pick a discipline that I want to be working on and to decide that I wanted to do a Ph.D. Then, when looking for a job in order to have the guts to say no to a seemingly “amazing job opportunity” and prefer to stay unemployed, keeping it to myself most of the time and bearing with the social and psychological pressure (I was doing my Ph.D., so it’s not like I was just sleeping at home but still, I was considered to be a loser to many people because I didn’t get an engineering job! :D)
I also pushed myself to do that when I decided to start creating online content and I had to figure out what to talk about (I had a lot of ideas but didn’t know where I’ll find myself the most). In this case, making lists of subjects that I like and am good at didn’t really help much, because it didn’t narrow down anything for me. I was still left with a bunch of subjects that I could be talking about. And going for the subject that had the biggest monetizing potential did not sound right for me because I know that the Internet has a place for everybody and also because my main goal here was to be out of service to others.
But I think what really helped with that was answering that second question. And that’s because it just frees you from those fears of scarcity and makes you dig a little bit deeper in your heart, mind, and soul to find something that you would do for free! And so my answer to that question can be summarized as follows:
“For me, I love the discipline in which I am working right now which is the environment (that was the choice of my first exercise and Alhamdolillah I was able to find work in that). I get sometimes disappointed in the nature of tasks that I have is my job and I get that feeling of knowing that I can do better. But I also get very excited sometimes by knowing the impact that a particular project or work I’m doing in making some people’s lives better. Sometimes, that impact is very small but I believe in the power of baby steps. So, I am like in the middle I don’t hate my job but I don’t absolutely love it either.
However, the first thing that pops into my mind when I read this question is that I am the happiest when I help others. I worked as a maths teacher for a while (2 years) and it was hard! Trust me! Shout out to all the teachers out there! But I love that feeling of helping somebody achieve something or understand something and helping them get the grades that will allow them to get into the university or the college education of their dreams. It feels just wonderful! After I quit that teaching job and got my current job, I started volunteering in different NGOs, I would work long hours for free, pay money from my own pocket to help out in releasing some of the activities, etc. so the answer to that question was clear to me: being of service, sharing my modest knowledge and expertise in life but I still didn’t know what topic would I pick.
So I had to dig deeper into the things that I know about and that my knowledge can help others become better, feel better, and live a better life.
So long story short, I decided to pick one of the topics that are most close to my heart, a topic that I know that I am passionate about so that even if my only readers are my 3 to 4 friends of mine who will make fun of me at lunchtime, that will not stop me from moving forward, from creating more content and from trying to be of service to the online community. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be able to reach a large number of people who share the same objective so we can help each other on our personal and spiritual journey, a journey to better know God and to better feel his love and presence into our lives. A journey of kindness to ourselves and to others and of unconditional love to the whole of mankind. A journey where no negativity is involved and where stereotypes, racism, or judgments have no place at all.
If you’re still here, I would like to thank you for joining me on this journey, and I can’t wait to share more, learn more, and connect more with you. Type yes in the comment section, if you’re excited for that as well!
Until next time, stay blessed