Living With Purpose: Does Your College Degree Really Matter?

Living With Purpose: Does Your College Degree Really Matter?

Back in Summer 2010 was the first year that I decided to go to college. This year I felt that I would really be changing not just my life for the better, but that it was what I was supposed to do. Was I really living with purpose?

We hear about friends, family, and others around us going to school.

They might be attending a local community college or even a university. No matter what the case, we often think of the benefits college or schooling will give us and get blindsided by the fact that other priorities get left behind.

There’s a sense of excitement and hope in our future when we think about the light at the end of the tunnel, but also that we’re seeking the why behind living with purpose. We see hard work, dedication, and willingness paying off to earn our piece of paper at the end.

Isn’t that really what the hype is about? A piece of paper?

Hours and days and months and years pass with learning. We learn math. We learn English. Afterwards we learn other concentrated topics to improve our life and help us better understand if we’re living with purpose.

A question arises from these thoughts about hopes and dreams. Does this really fulfill our purpose in life? Will attending school during times of difficulty and challenging our minds and bodies get us where we truly want to go?

There was an article written on Forbes about why your college major doesn’t matter. The article talks about students finding the career that’s going to allow them to pay off debt. And the fact that many industries now pay attention more to experience gained than the degrees acquired.

I have a friend that is employed in a different area from their major. With degrees in Psychology and Christian Ministry, what field do they work in? Information Technology.

That seems like quite a spin to be working in a non-related area to the degree. But what’s the logic?

Interest? Perhaps.

Luck? Probably not.

Where Do We Find Our Purpose?

Shannon from the Huffington Post in this article says:

The two greatest days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out what your purpose is

Maybe some of you can relate to this statement. But, I’m sure many of you can’t. And that’s the terrible part about it all. Many of us live our life simply existing instead of living.

From reading many stories and hearing about what others are doing to fill the “hole” or “void” in their life is by simply doing. Once we make the conscious decision to act and make things happen do we finally understand what we like (or love) and what we don’t.

It’s important to know what you’re good at! Look at it from this point of view: when you need to get training, have something fixed, or learn from someone, who do you turn to?

The expert.

The person that knows the most about the subject matter.

What Are Some “Living With Purpose” Examples

For this question, I’m going to use my own story. At the beginning of this post, I talked about how I started school back in 2010. It was not until May 9, 2015 that I received my official Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Information Systems.

In September 2013, I began working for a company in what felt like a transition period of moving from my average jobs to a more career-focused mentality.

Fast forward to 2015 — I was working at White Castle as a crew manager and ready for the next chapter of my life. I had a strong interest in IT and was sure that my career was surely starting to take off. Because I was close to my official paper, it was time to use that to my advantage and land a better job.

There was just one problem — I had no experience. But, I was able to convince a company that my skills would be constantly developing until I finished my degree. From September 2013 to May 2015, I was a printer technician. It was similar to working at the bottom to get something better.

With a degree in IT, a job working with technology, and a great company, I still felt like something was missing.

God has given me the ability to follow an entrepreneur mindset. I’m constantly thinking of new ideas and trying to build a business at home that supports our family.

What do I do now? I work with video and editing software including Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro.

My degree is minimally related to the field of video production and editing. But, I found my talent (or skill-set) and I love it. Absolutely love it.

There’s someone else online that I follow with a similar story. Working in the finance industry Caleb learned how to sit in a cubicle, run spreadsheet numbers, and crunch his life away.

Then, Caleb started a site called DIY Video Guy where he teaches others about camera equipment and how his client work has led him to a greater story of doing what he loves.

To some, the above examples are samples of dreams we feel like we’re chasing. And although many might call us crazy, it falls back to the taking action part and discovering where your talents are.

Are you good at working with spreadsheets? What about writing? Or you might be a wood expert.

One Way to Know You Are Living With Purpose

Find the thing you love to do. And before it gets mentioned to love what you do and money will follow, think about how your current life could change if you spent just a small amount of time on what you love. Maybe that means foregoing your usual nightly sitcom or show episode.

I will fight for the life I want for my family and for myself. If I didn’t feel like I was following purpose in my life, why else would I spend $41 to expedite business cards?

Life Purpose Quotes to Help Your Day

If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.

-Bishop T.D. Jakes

The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.

-Terry Orlick

There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.

-Oprah Winfrey

I hope some of this information provided value to your life. All I want to do is show others that it’s possible to find what you love and pursue it. That’s the whole ideology behind Mastering Purpose.

If you’re not living with purpose, what are you really living for?

Your life doesn’t have to be meaningless, but it should be meaningful.

All the best,

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–Nick

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