I honestly believe we were all born with a purpose. Unfortunately, not everyone will realize his/her purpose. A couple of weeks ago I was at my parents’ house flipping through old photo albums and came across a bunch of pictures of me at six. I hate to admit it, but looking at these pictures made me happy enough to cry. I look so happy and carefree in these pictures. I absolutely love the purity of my true self in these photos – the real, untainted me before society and everyone else with an opinion got a hold of me and tried to tell me what I should be versus what I was born to be. I truly felt like, “Hey, I remember that girl!” And what’s even better is I feel like I’ve come full circle and am back to being that girl – carefree and unfazed about being anyone but me.
I also noticed a couple of other things in these pictures – (1) I’ve always loved t-shirts and (2) I’ve been super sassy since the day I was born (I mean, come on, look at the ‘S’ on my chest even at six). Just looking at these old pictures was like confirmation that with DSR Apparel, I’m truly operating in my purpose. Entrepreneurship is very popular right now. It has been for the past few years. But make no mistake, it’s not for everybody. It’s popular for people to run around saying, “I’m my own boss. I’m building an empire! I’m an entrepreneur!” But just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s your purpose. And nine times out of ten, if you’re worried about being popular, you can’t truly embrace and work in your purpose. When you’re focused on your purpose, it helps get you through the inevitable hard times we all face in life. For me, I know DSR Apparel is my purpose. I believe I was meant to start and build this company as a platform to help others. Believing in that purpose has helped get me through a lot of tough times since launching my business. If I were doing it because starting a business was popular, I would’ve quit a while ago to focus on something else. But knowing that this is my purpose and that I was meant to launch this business to use as a platform to help others, and knowing that if I just stick with it everything will come together has kept me from throwing in the towel several times. It’s when you forget about being popular and instead choose to focus on your purpose that the real magic begins to happen. So I ask you, what’s your purpose?