fulfilled: adjective – satisfied or happy because of fully developing one’s abilities or character.
This morning I watched a video interview of Caterina Fake with Chase Jarvis of Creative Live for his 30 Days of Genius program. A fantastic interview! The woman is an entrepreneur with several accomplishments of high honor under her belt. But, she’s first a creative person and has no real interest in the awards that are bestowed upon her for being successful just by following her passions.
There were a number of topics touched upon during the interview that struck home for me. Somewhere along the way I followed the wrong path for my career. Yes I was very good with numbers and had been given an insight into one aspect of the accounting profession. The bank examiners I assisted while in my early 20’s sparked an interest in obtaining an accounting degree, because I knew that all those examiners were accountants and what they were doing looks so very interesting. Ultimately I never got into the banking aspect, but, I did do audit related work. My natural curiosity helped me get through all those years of following the wrong path. It wasn’t until late in my career that I truly discovered that I had taken the wrong path. However, I felt that it was too late for me to go another route with so much invested in the path I had taken. That was rather foolish of me, but, it is what it is. Now I am retired and do what I enjoy.
I probably should have listened to my teenage interests when choosing a career. I had a keen interest in psychology and did a research paper for my senior English class on psychoanalysis. I was fascinated by the human psyche. My love and compassion for people and desire to help those in need by listening and giving words of encouragement would have been better used in some counseling field. To this day people talk to me because I listen. There have been times complete strangers in the grocery aisle have practically told me their life story just because I listen. It has happened often enough over the past decade that do believe I really should have gone for a degree in psychology and counseling. But I didn’t, I don’t have time to do that now, and even if I did, I couldn’t afford it. So I’ve taken another route in my retirement.
I’ve mentioned it before, I support the indie author community. That is my outlet for the desire to help people. Struggling authors need all the support they can get, even more experienced indie authors can struggle to get their books noticed. There are so many authors in the sea of self publishing and independent small publishing for indie authors. The self publishing indie author route can be very slow to see substantial results. That is my new mission in life, to help get their books noticed. I can’t do it for all the indie authors, there are so many. So I have a few that I work with all the time and I keep expanding my horizons by reading new authors I discover and reviewing their books. Occasionally I’ll be asked to beta read a subsequent book before finalizing for release. One small indie publisher asks for my opinion on some books before publishing, which is a compliment to me. I’ve even started doing some editing for authors. My most recent effort is a foray into organizing a blog tour for a book release and trying to get a Thunderclap campaign going to promote that tour. It is yet to be determined if the campaign submission will be accepted, and if it is, if I can get enough support for the campaign to actually go forward. But I’m giving it a shot! If I can help an author polish up a book and make it shine, then I feel fulfilled. If I can help to promote by reviewing, sharing a promo, or directly promoting a new release, then I feel fulfilled. When readers notice my reviews and click on the links to purchase a book, I feel fulfilled. When an author thanks me for my support, I feel fulfilled.
In my retirement volunteer mission to help indie authors I feel fulfilled.
Seek that which fulfills you!