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Detect Melody

Amidst the noise in your life, can you detect the reoccurring melody?

As “melody,” I’m talking about vocational calls; whispers that you continue to ignore, or take for granted, but shouldn’t; activities that you’ve relegated to the periphery of your life, but instead, should be at the center of it.

While travelling through life, I’ve realized that I cannot shake certain callings. They end up cornering me. I’m forced to choose: either embrace the specific call, and run with it, or struggle by endlessly shooing it away.

It’s ironic that these calls – once easy to brush off, and perceived as obstacles – are eventually revealed as growth and happiness platforms.

Can anyone relate to me in this experience? Let me explain:

One personal example includes playing the piano. To this day, I don’t even know how to play the piano. Nevertheless, it has always beckoned me. Invariably, if I enter a space containing a piano, I am drawn to it. If it were sitting quietly in the corner of a room full of people, I would actually physically move closer to that corner, whether I was conscious of my movement or not. In fact, if the piano were hidden behind a curtain (unbeknownst to me) I would probably still move closer to it, if only by sensing an ethereal vibration.

My other callings include film, design and theology. If introduced to any of these subjects during a conversation, I’d have endless curiosity and absorption. If I were planted in a bookstore containing one or more of these subjects, or with a group of like-minded people, I’d probably remain alert for three straight days.

For me personally, the core of these seemingly multiple callings is creation. If you expose me to most any creation medium, I can be off and running.

Ultimately, it’s our responsibility to define our personal core calling, to embrace it, to channel it, and then to run with it. (In fact, walking might be better, for the sake of pacing and enjoyment.)

The challenge can often be choosing only one medium, instead of scattering our efforts with several mediums. For suggestions on how to narrow your options, try Venture Superfly's LifeTrak Statement exercise in the Design Your Life section.

To detect your melody, consider eliminating half of the noise in your life for two weeks. Unplug your TV. Drive without the radio on. Exercise without your iPod. Limit emails to one defined hour per day. Go cold turkey. Carry a small notepad or recording device and record the reoccurring whispers. An exciting growth pathway will emerge.

About the author, John

John Benzick is an entrepreneurship coach and the founder of Venture Superfly. He is a Tech Partner at the venture-capital fund of Matchstick Ventures, a Mentor with Techstars Retail accelerator, an Entrepreneur-In-Residence and (former CEO-in-Residence) at the University of Minnesota, and founder and owner in two consumer product businesses. Click the button below to learn more.

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