Top Quora Writer Meetup and Being Purposeful in Life
For whatever reasons (unknown to me Or anyone), in January Quora decided to vote me as a Top Writer 2016. They have invited me to come to a Top Writers meetup in Mountain View, California at Quora HQ in June. Earlier, I was excited about this meetup and my California visit but now I am passing on the free food and socializing opportunity.
I have realized one secret about “purpose in life” from this experience. When we are young and we want to achieve something, we often get sidetracked by our early trophies. Often, the journey is long and hard, and we give in to temptations of feel-good, to feel-important. (I am not saying one should not enjoy small victories. What I am saying is one should not “focus” on celebration of achievement of small goals. “Focus” should be always on the primary vision.)
For example, traveling from Boston to California just to feel good to get inside the Quora HQ is self-puffing and not really in line with my end goal. If it was local, I would love to attend. But me thinking about making this long journey indicates that earlier I was taking myself way too seriously. To me, I was important. But to the world at large, I am just a small piece. I have my place and I have my mission. Without contributing much I cannot (and should not) expect life to give back to me.
And, if life is generous to you, take it. It’s good, have fun, go with the natural flow of life. (But, spending valuable resource such as time and money to feel good about yourself and to receive what life is giving you is not always a wise step. Infact, it would be self-centered rather than altruistic or honest.)
The title of Top Writer 2016 is cool but it is practically useless to me and my fellow citizens of this world. What I need to focus on is solving problems that only I can solve. Each of us has unique talents and life-experiences that is best suited for tackling some unique problem (personal or larger). We should celebrate our small achievements but should not lose track of our original vision.
(I am not coming to California. I would rather answer few more questions in the meanwhile.)
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Let me know what you think when it comes to finding and following one’s purpose and mission in life? What is yours? Comment below.