Years ago, I was living the American dream as it had been sold to me. I had a high-powered career at Disney, a big house, the best cars, a wife and two amazing children.
But I was miserable
I was successful, but I wasn't significant.
I was working for a great company, but I sat at my desk every day from 9 to 5 overcome by the frustration of stifled potential. What choice did I have, though? I had a family to support and a mortgage to pay. My bills were screaming louder than my dreams.
During this time, the movie The Lion King had just come out. I was deeply impacted by the scene where the clouds in the sky part and Mufasa's spirit appears to his son, Simba. Mufasa's fatherly voice booms, "Simba! Remember who you are. You are more than what you have become."
That line changed my life.
I knew I was more than I had become. I had just lost my way.
If you feel trapped in your 9-5 job, you're not living in your purpose. So the question becomes how do you process this and identify your purpose?
For me, it was about hearing that line in The Lion King and admitting to myself that I didn't want to keep spinning my wheels--that it was OK to want more for me and to actively pursue more. That day I decided to stop living beneath my potential, and I gave myself permission to be intentional. I knew that I needed to move more deeply into who I wanted to become. For me, that meant leaving the organization--but then what, and how would I get there? I...