This YouTube excerpt from Jim Carrey’s commencement speech at Maharishi University sums up my crusade to get people owning their Joyful Genius, taking the “risk” of going for what you really want in life, the work that makes your heart sing and that will let you change the world for the better.
As he says: “You can fail at what you don’t love – so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
In Carrey’s speech, he talks of how his father took the conservative option of getting a ‘safe’ job as an accountant – and was let go from it, leaving the family scraping to get by. I think relying on the traditional approach of getting a good job is like having a business with only one client – no sensible person goes about building a business that way, and yet so many try to build a working life by exactly that method.
And if a single employer can’t keep you busy full-time with your Joyful Genius, you don’t have to settle for only living it part of the time, and making up the rest of your 40hr week with ‘filler’ activity that simply doesn’t light you up. You are allowed to choose a portfolio of employers, of clients who will each give you the opportunity to use your unique genius for part of your time, making up the equivalent of a full-time well-paid job doing just what you love and serving the world – as Jim Carrey puts it: “the effect that you have upon others is the most valuable currency there is”.
To watch the full speech (26mins), click here