Finding Your True Vocational Uniqueness


Your life’s work is something you want to spend the majority of your life doing. In addition to satisfying your innermost needs and desires, it makes a contribution to the lives of others. Your life’s work is similar to a calling. It is your reason for being.

It is never too late to begin your life’s work. Separate, for the moment, your need to have an income and your desire to do something you really want to do. The job market is a competitive place. What you are qualified to do and what you would love to do may be worlds apart. You may feel that your capabilities are much greater than your present circumstances. The question to ask yourself is, Can I create a career or business I feel called to do and receive financial reward for my efforts?

When you begin to focus upon your life’s work, it should be something that inspires passion, sustains energy, seduces you, and won’t leave you alone. When you discover what it is, you will realize that you already have the gift to make it happen. In fact, you came to this earth with that gift. Great people we read about seem to have been born to do their life’s work. However, most people must search and listen for the clues. You can begin by knowing that you have a special gift within you that you can express as your life’s work.


The search for your life’s work begins in your imagination. Let your imagination begin to serve you. Remember that every idea has within it the seed of fulfillment! Every creation has an idea behind it. The lives of

people who have a calling or mission are fascinating. They are written about, talked about, and used as role models by others. You may wonder how they received their calling, how they were able to determine what their life’s work should be.

Consider this: each one of us comes to this planet with a special purpose for our life. One of the ways we can tune into this purpose is to ask, “What do I love to do the most? How could I benefit myself and others if I were to make this my life’s work?” Listen to yourself and begin to notice what it is you want and need in order to create the kind of life you truly desire.

Your mission in life is about YOU, about your willingness to serve others while serving yourself. This is the way that everyone would like to live. You are no exception. What are you waiting for? What are you trying to avoid? Sometimes people believe they must sacrifice their true calling because of family responsibilities. Or perhaps they feel that they have little, if anything, to contribute. It is a fact that your calling will, at times, require you to stand alone, without the support of family or friends. It will require you to search inside yourself, to make independent decisions on what is best for you. If there is a test to indicate a calling, it is undoubtedly the following question: Is this best for me? In other words, will it bring out the best in you, and will it satisfy your desire to create the thing you most want?


Being truly alive means living each moment of each day. In the course of living, you may notice that there are days when it seems very difficult to live life to the fullest. Sometimes these days even stretch into weeks or months. During these times, something inside you turns off. You may

find yourself living to get through each moment as you become more disillusioned with life. This is the time you need to remind yourself that each day counts! Each moment counts! Each day is a vital part of your entire life.

Right now, you have the potential to do more, to be more, and to have more. This is because you have the power of creative thinking and imagination. When I talk to people about potential, I generally ask if they can see the potential in themselves. Invariably, their response is: “I can see it in you and other people, but I just can’t seem to see it in myself.” When I ask them why it is so difficult for them to see themselves doing, being, or having more, they usually answer by reciting a list of limited thought patterns: “I’m not talented.” “I’m just not good enough.” “It’s too late for me to start anything new.” “I don’t have enough education.” “I’m not attractive enough.” Or, I am not smart enough, etc.

Each of us has natural aptitudes that we must develop if we are to be successful. Our aptitudes can be broken down into various categories, much as personality or character traits can be categorized. To begin with, it is extremely important to identify the type of thinking for which you are personally suited. Are you able to think quickly and accurately when dealing with matters related to your work? Or are you more of a plodder, someone who takes a little longer to sort things out, but who always manages to get things done with a high degree of accuracy? These are examples of two different kinds of thinking. One is not necessarily better than the other is. It all depends upon the job you are doing, and what sort of thinking skills are required.

Many forms of technology stand ready to utilize the talents of a quick and accurate thinker. Consider the air-traffic controller. Here we have a person who must have unusual powers of concentration, and also the ability to process computer information quickly and accurately in order to

avert disaster. Someone with a slower, more methodical approach would probably not be happy in this line of work, although he might do well in occupations requiring some form of scientific research. Then, too, he might enjoy many skilled trades such as masonry or woodworking.

Other qualities that people can bring to a job include a strong capacity for negotiation, an unusual aptitude for scientific deduction, or some for of artistic ability. Some people are especially coordinated or have innate social skills. And what of the objective thinker as opposed to the subjective one? Each has a place in the professional world and serves a vital function. Since the filed of scientific research has already been mentioned, let’s give some thought to whether this is actually the work of an objective or a subjective mind.

Scientific discoveries are generally made in stages. As information is gathered, it is extremely important to look and see what is there – without adding anything else to it! One’s own desire to see things in a certain way, or to slant new scientific findings to support a personal theory, would eventually prove disastrous to the entire project. From this alone we can see that science requires a great deal of objectivity, as opposed to various forms of creative expression, which may require just the opposite. Consider the artist who is able to convey on canvas his own particular concept of reality. Working from a totally subjective point of view, he is able to create something that art collectors place great value upon, simply because it IS his view – hence, his personal trademark.


Another thought process is one most commonly referred to as “divergent thinking.” People who are skilled at divergent thinking do well in the advertising field because they can decide upon a single concept after

rejecting many others that have come before. Being wrong in order eventually to be right is their creative process. In so called brainstorming sessions, they kick ideas around, offering suggestions, then modifying or embellishing upon them. Even if they end up scrapping the whole idea, the work involved has not been in vain. What is rejected may later be successfully used in yet another ad campaign, and so, nothing is really lost.

How very different this is from the formal reasoning required of mathematicians, who must confine themselves to the one right answer, the only answer, since all other answers are wrong. While creatively “wrong” answers can be used again in some other way, the mathematically wrong answer is immediately discarded. Two and two equal fourNothing else! In mathematics, the truth of this cannot be modified or embellished.

People who are adept at formal reasoning are often distressed by the grayer areas of life. They rarely work well with committees, or in any atmosphere that requires a certain amount of “collective thinking.” Do you see yourself in any of the aforementioned examples? Did you recognize any of your own qualities or traits that could conceivably be used in some form of work? Perhaps you possess some of the following traits or talents:


This is a trait that is inherent in those who are proficient with figures and symbols. Such people make good secretaries, bookkeepers, and editors. They can handle large amounts of paperwork in an efficient and expeditious manner. People with this particular trait usually do well in school.


This trait is common in people with highly creative imaginations. They are always coming up with new ideas and are generally successful in advertising, sales, or public-relation work. Idea-oriented persons also do well as teachers or writers.


This is a thought process that enables an individual to assimilate a variety of facts and form a logical conclusion. Anyone who does legal or diagnostic work, researches, edits, or prepares formal critiques, is involved in the process of inductive reasoning.


This thought process is best suited for organizing concepts or ideas into a workable motif. People who do this well are particularly adept at dealing with abstracts.


This refers to skill in the manipulation of physical objects. There are two forms of dexterity. The first is finger dexterity, possessed by people who can skillfully manipulate the hands and fingers. Finger dexterity would be important in people who do manual, mechanical, or secretarial work. The second is object dexterity, possessed by people who can adroitly handle objects such as tools. Object dexterity is important for anyone doing precision work such as surgery or computer repair. Quite often, a person will possess only one form of dexterity.


Talent for observation is well developed in those who are highly conscious of their surroundings. Such people will notice even subtle changes in their environment and can put their powers of observation to good use in such fields as research, art, or professional photography.


Design memory is the ability to remember designs such as plans or blueprints. Tonal memory is the ability to remember sounds, a trait that is commonly found in those who are musically inclined. Number memory is the ability to recall lists of number and other quantities of information, quite often of a legal or medical nature.


This is a term that concerns itself with the ability to learn foreign words or languages. An aptitude for other languages is certainly an important plus for people who travel to foreign countries or deal with individuals or corporations on a multinational level.


This is the ability to distinguish colors, an ability that interior and fashion designers, advertising and graphics people possess to some greater than average degree.


The art of communication, when properly utilized, is indeed an art. Your vocabulary affects your ability (or inability) to communicate your needs,

desires, and feelings. As you continue to improve your vocabulary, other aspects of your life are certain to improve as well. Bear in mind that the vocabulary of an average adult is barely one and one-half times as large as that of a child of ten. The average child of ten knows the meaning of 34,300 different terms, and since his sixth year, has been learning new words at the rate of 5,000 per year. The constant rate of increase among adults is in the neighborhood of only 50 words per year. This absolutely shameful by comparison! If you want to be above average in the use of your vocabulary, all you have to do is learn and use at least one new word each day.


Before you can bring your natural talents into play, it is necessary to get into the game. You can do this in stages, supplementing your life’s work with another form of income until you are ready to take the Big Step. It is not necessary to burn your bridges behind you, to take unnecessary risks, or to leap before you look. You can do what others have done, and you can also learn from them.

The key is to systematically move from one step to the next until your long-range goal has been achieved. Let’s examine a hypothetical situation in which a young man has decided to make one million dollars over a period of five years. He begins by saying to himself: “This is where I am.” This is where I’m going. This is how I expect to get there.” The plan is quite detailed, and he is extremely committed to it. The plan is also realistic, practical, and well thought-out from beginning to end. It is not vague and indecisive in any area of development. Yet, it is only a few paragraphs long. Here is a sample from a client of mine who has achieved his million-dollar dream. He wrote this over ten years ago but was able to complete it in five years.

I, Mark Richards, intend to make $1,000,000 within five years from today. I intend to proceed in the following manner:

I will start with what cash I have on hand and make ceramic dolls that I will sell at local craft fairs.

I will save some of my proceeds to create a line of products including ceramic ashtrays, vases,

wall hangings, and earthenware.

As the need arises, I will hire employees to make these items for me, and also to maintain my craft booths, until such time as I am able to open a store of my own.

Eventually, I will add three more stores and then attempt to franchise the entire operation. I will later add a mail order catalog and a website to sell my products nationwide.

Once my business enterprise is successful, I will donate a portion of my income to charity, and also purchase a large motor home so that I may travel extensively throughout the United States.

Mark now has on of the largest business of this type in the U.S. how does your game plan compare to the one outlined above? Do you even HAVE a game plan? If not, it is time to create one, to write it down, and then, to start living it! The best way to begin is with a sample idea list.

Write down various ideas that you have or businesses you think you might like to run. If not, you can prod your imagination by looking through the yellow pages of the telephone directory. From the categories listed there.

If you live in a smaller community, be sure to check the yellow page directories of major cities. You can find them at the library or you can view them online. Check the yellow pages for major cities to see what services are available there that isn’t yet available in your local community. In doing this, you could easily uncover a market for a highly profitable business of your own. It is important to focus on what it is you want to do! Higher levels of consciousness is the key to every new idea.

Consciousness contains life and all the potentials of life. Nothing exists, nor can ever exist, for you except that of which you are aware. Once you become conscious of anything, you become aware of what already is. Everything awaits your discovery!


Even as you begin to make some serious plans related to your life’s work, you should be asking yourself certain questions:

  1. What, exactly, am I trying to sell? (If you cannot clearly define your product or services, you are going to have a hard time trying to get others to buy it.)
  2. Is my product or service something people need or want? What specific BENEFITS can I offer?
  3. Who is my ideal customer? (Customers fall into various categories according to age, sex, profession, income, etc.)
  4. How can I reach these people? (What trade or consumer periodicals, organizations, trade shows, directories, mailing lists or online sources are available?)
  5. What kind of competition will I have on a local, regional, or national level.
    If you are thinking of undertaking a home-based business, make sure it is not just a fad. Home-based businesses are fast becoming an economic necessity, and while no one knows exactly how many people now work at home, the number is large and constantly growing. Almost anyone can make extra money at home these days, but it takes skill, experience, and knowledge to turn a home-based business into a profitable, full-time enterprise. Beginners, especially those, who are still employed elsewhere, should endeavor to devote at least twenty hours per week to starting up their new home-based business. By utilizing evening hours and weekends, this can easily be done. You can build your home-based business online or in your local community. If you begin on a part-time basis it will allow you remain gainfully employed while you are building a full-time business of your own.
    You can begin by learning from the mistakes of others. Once you have decided upon your life’s work, you might wish to study people who have engaged in a similar enterprise. You can learn a great deal from conversations with these people, from books they have written about their experiences, and also, through observations.
    For example, if you are considering running a certain type of restaurant, go to every restaurant you can find. Visit the same type of restaurants in other cities. Allow yourself to be served as a customer. If you are displeased with the service, the food, or the atmosphere, ask yourself why. Learn from what they do right, but more importantly; learn from their mistakes. Apply this knowledge in a positive way once you start to serve customers of your own. Realize that most mistakes are made
    through a lack of information or knowledge. Take a good hard look at your product or service and resolve not to make the same mistakes as your competitors.
    There are often ways in which you can turn a mistake to your advantage. Examine every error you make with this possibility in mind. The main thing, of course, is not to allow you to be stopped by mistakes. Remember that you have the ability to solve any problem or overcome any mistake.
    While the ambition to undertake a life’s work represents a highly acceptable way of living your dream, it also places the responsibility for success or failure squarely on your shoulders. You may be sure that the road will be lined with daily challenges and difficulties. To overcome these challenges it will be necessary to utilize your imagination and determination to maintain an unwavering sense of purpose. Early on, you must come to realize that doing what you love to do is not just a job, but an opportunity.
    To begin, you must be willing to take that first all-important step – you must dare to do something great with a great idea! As soon as you do, your mind will come up with all the things that could go wrong. This is your survival mechanism kicking in. Every challenging idea invites some adversity, but by controlling your thoughts you can overcome any negative expectation.
    Imagine yourself in control of your life, enjoying constant progress doing what you love to do. Imagine yourself as a person in command. Make a habit of success just by THINKING success. Don’t let others discourage you through their own lack of imagination. Don’t let anyone tell you it
    can’t be done. It CAN. The time has come to imprint your own unique style upon this world.
Dr. Robert Anthony

Dr. Robert Anthony

The works of Dr Robert Anthony are some of the best kept secrets on the Law of Attraction. Operating without the massive self-promotion and razzmatazz that so often accompanies other ‘Personal Development’ teachers, Dr Anthony has nevertheless provided a guiding direction to some of the most successful people on the planet.

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