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Should You Do What You’re Good at? Or What You Love? (A Super Personal Story I’ve Never Shared Before)


Just because you can do something or just because you’re good at it, doesn’t mean it brings you joy and it doesn’t mean it’s your real gift to the world.

But so many people end up choosing the work they do by default, and this is something I’m passionately against.

So I’m going to tell you a story I’ve never shared before.

It’s a little bit sad but I know it will really help you understand why it’s so important to find the business, find the career, find the thing that you truly love to do, the thing that you’re meant to do…

And not just the thing you can do.

Giving Up On Your Dreams

I’m sad to say that my mom has dementia and so she doesn’t remember a whole lot.

She came to visit me a while back and we were walking through my garden which is full of gorgeous flowers, shrubs and all kinds of plants and I noticed that just being around plants and being close to nature gave my mom amazing clarity and groundedness… 

And she started talking to me about her life and her past.

 She told me about how when she was a teenager, she wanted to go to school to learn about agriculture and to buy a plot of land somewhere and start a farm.

But her dad said no because it was too “low class.” 

Now my mom is from Thailand and she was born there and when she was growing up in the 1940’s and 50’s, people who work with plants, people who work with the land were mainly farmers who were considered “low class” citizens.

It wasn’t something that my mom’s dad wanted for his daughter and it wasn’t something he believed she was meant to do.

So, my mom “followed the rules”, listened to her dad and gave up on her dream of working with plants.

She ultimately became a professor and she taught counselling and spirituality.

But to this day she loves spending hours and hours and hours in the garden.

Are You Living the Life You Were Born to Live?

And it’s so sad for me because she was told that it wasn’t what she was meant to do when it’s so clear that this is her passion and purpose. 

So here’s what I’ve learned and it’s what I want to share with you right now…

Only YOU know the thing that you’re meant to do.

Only YOU can understand not just what you’re good at, but what you love to do, where you’re going to make an impact in the world and earn a great living at the same time. 

I don’t want you to get to the point where you’re like my mom, who’s 79-years-old and the thing she gave up is the only thing that can bring her joy…

The only thing she can remember at this point in time.

Now, I’m not saying my mom has dementia because she wasn’t following her dreams but I am saying that she’s spent her life on a path that she no longer wants to remember.

She didn’t live the life she wanted to live, every single day. She didn’t live the life that she was born to live.

Tuning Into What You REALLY Want

And so I feel it’s my duty to not only live the life I was born to live, but to teach you how to find that thing that gives you joy, that gives your life meaning, the thing that you love that you can do for the world and for yourself…

Because when you’ve got that thing — oh my gosh — everything changes and you start to come alive.

You’re lit up because you get to do what you want to do. You’re lit up because you’re sharing your gifts with the world and it’s also a gift you give to yourself. 

And everybody will feel your energy and your excitement. They’ll feel your joy.

So if you really want this for yourself, I’ve created a free training to help you tune into what you really, really want to do.

This is going to walk you through the steps of how to find the thing you love because I don’t want you to end up later in your life feeling like you never went for it…

Feeling like you missed out.

You can find the link below. It’s my gift to you 🙂

Get it here

Like I said, you really only have one life to live and when you spend that life aligned with your gifts, every day brings so much more joy and so much more meaning.

You were born to share your gifts, you were born to Live Your Message. Your time is now so don’t wait a second longer.

Here’s to you, living your gifts full out. Here’s to you living your life your way! 

I’d love to know…

Do you think you’re doing the work you love, right now? Work that brings you joy, work you’re meant to do in the world?

Share your thoughts in the comments below. I read and reply to each one.

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  1. Ruby Avatar

    Thank you for this heartfelt message.. and the email of the pharmacist. I too studied pharmacy to please my parents dream and didn’t like it at all. So this article and the email really hit me.. It’s time to relive my dream and take myself 1 step forward

    1. Marisa Murgatroyd Avatar
      Marisa Murgatroyd

      Absolutely Ruby! It’s your time… 🙂

  2. Jenny Avatar

    Yup- I was encouraged to do the corporate life and I just could take sitting at a desk anymore. Now loving every day. It’s twice the work, and at this moment currently half the money, and I don’t care. 😊

    1. Marisa Murgatroyd Avatar
      Marisa Murgatroyd

      Love this Jenny! It sounds like you’re living your life based on what’s important to you and that’s what matters.

  3. Torsten Avatar

    Regarding masterclasses, I would like to have 2 things:

    1) I’m not from the US but live in another timezone, so it would be nice if the masterclass times would be translatable into other timezones aswell, i.e. 3PM pacific is what in CET etc?

    2) As I’m living in another timezone, a replay of the masterclass would be nice, as most likely convenient times for US citizens may be inconvenient for people from other parts of the world. More often than not I do not join a webinar/masterclass because it is inconvenient for me to do so at the given time.

    1. Marisa Murgatroyd Avatar
      Marisa Murgatroyd

      I hear you Torsten. I understand it’s frustrating. We do offer two times each day to watch the webinar so ideally one of those will work for you.

      Re: publishing time zones we give you PST and what this is in relation to GMT (the world time standard). You can use a tool like to figure out what that is in your time zone.

  4. John Avatar

    Hi I was a teacher and I loved that, having been helped by Angels in my life
    my project for the moment is to write about human Angels and to
    create a community of people helped by them. It’s not going to make
    me rich but that’s not the idea anyway.

    1. Marisa Murgatroyd Avatar
      Marisa Murgatroyd

      Beautiful John! It sounds like you know what’s important to you. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters… 🙂

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