How To Find What You’re Meant To Do in Life

Posted by Fitz Villafuerte under Life Lessons, Mindsetting on May 5, 2015

Last week, I was invited to give a talk about money management to College of Arts and Letters students in UP Diliman.

My initial plan was to speak about financial strategies for teenagers, but later on decided to instead, share stories from my life.

I told them that I was a licensed civil engineer, who later on shifted to freelance software development. I then narrated how being self-employed helped me discover entrepreneurship, which eventually turned me into an investor, years after.

I shared stories about my travels, my unique hobbies, my advocacies, and despite the many years that have passed, why I still consider myself an engineer – that I may not be an engineer by profession anymore, but I am still an engineer of my own life design.

The talk was meant to inspire them and at the same time, make them realize the important role that financial education plays in helping them achieve their goals.

Afterwards, I opened myself for questions. And among those which was asked, one question stood out for me.

A sophomore raised his hand and bravely inquired, “Did you know back in college that you’ll be where you are now? Was it planned? If not, then how do you find what you’re meant to do in life?”

Below is the expounded version of the answer I gave.

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Try as many things as you can

Back in college, I did not know that I’ll be where I am today. All I knew back then was that I wanted to be an engineer, and that’s what I planned for.

However, when I felt that it’s not really working out for me anymore, I began to try new things. I did not let my college education limit my choices and dabbled into whatever I can get my hands on.

It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do in life. No one is really ever sure of their life’s purpose, until they experience it.

And thus, the first step to finding out what you’re meant to do in life is to try as many things as you can. Do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.

When you discover a passion, pursue it

Truth be told, I never really expected that I’ll be an entrepreneur.

My first business was only born out of necessity because I needed a more constant source of income than my freelance job. But the experience fanned a flame that I never knew existed within me.

As you try new things, you’ll fail in some and you’ll do good in others. Sometimes, you’ll feel out of place, but there will be those that’ll genuinely excite you.

When you discover something that makes you feel alive, give it a chance and commit to pursuing it further. It is the next step to finding out what you’re meant to do in life.

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Learn to be great at what you do

When you’re doing something that you love, it’s easy to be good at it. But it will require extra effort, sometimes to the point of giving up, to be great at it.

In his book, Malcolm Gladwell wrote that it takes 10,000 hours to achieve greatness. So, if you spend 4 hours everyday at practicing a skill, then mastery will come in around seven years.

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It will require enormous discipline and dedication, but if you’re pursuing something that you’re meant to do, then it won’t feel that long, and it will always be worth it, in the end.

Don’t stop at being above average and continuously learn how to become better at whatever you’ve chosen to do.

Serve others through your skills

I discovered my passion for writing during high school, and I did my best to improve this skill over the years, which has served me well personally, and professionally.

I fell in love with telling stories, and I knew it was one of the things that I’m meant to do in life.

That’s why after almost eight years, when most of my blogger friends have moved on to other things, I’m still here writing my stories in this blog.

The world is full of problems, pick one and provide a solution. Learn to serve others because there are only a few things in life as satisfying as helping other people through your skills.

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Manage the income that will surely flow

You’ve discovered what you’re meant to do in life, you’ve worked hard to be good at it, and when you’ve learned how to use it to serve others, money will surely come.

Because value begets value – and when you offer something of great value that solves a problem, people will pay for it.

However, remember that it’s not really how much you make, but how much you save and invest that makes the difference in the long-term.

You are not meant to work for money all your life, so learn to manage your wealth properly as it comes.

Repeat as many times as you want

I am a writer, and a book author. I am a financial literacy advocate, and a Registered Financial Planner. I am a small business owner, and a tech startup cofounder. I am these and many others, because I chose to be all of them.

There’s a dreadful myth that most people believe about their life, which is thinking that you’re only meant to do one thing throughout your lifetime.

It only takes 7 years to master a skill, which means if you start at age 14, you have 8 opportunities to be great at something before you reach 70.

So don’t worry if you really don’t know what you want to do in life, and just do what’s within your reach for now. But don’t waste your life doing only one thing.

Be a great writer, a great cook, a great painter, a great teacher, a great singer, and a great whatever-your-heart-desires.

Choose to make the most out of your time on Earth because the truth is – that’s really what you’re meant to do in life.

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19 Responses to “How To Find What You’re Meant To Do in Life”


  1. Mae says:

    Thank you Sir Fitz for sharing this. =)

  2. Kath says:

    Great post Fitz :). Truly inspiring. I hope it reached more hearts than ears of those whom you have spoken these words :).

  3. This is inspiring Fitz 🙂

  4. myneruntiveros@yahoo. com says:

    Thank you sir it’s really inpiring. Thankz for sharing the idea to others like me.. 🙂

  5. veronica del rio says:

    It keeps bothering me about this for quite sometime now, whenever i see this in face book i startled and puzzled. Is networking business really gives you the idea that someday you’ll become rich for a lifetime? Some friends are inviting me to join them? but i doubted. Just wondering how they receive big sum of money in checks for a week? If this business offers this kind of compensation for each of us who works 8 hrs a day then a lot of people will no longer look for a job to earn.

  6. Heidz says:

    Wow! awesome words of wisdom…appreciate much..

  7. Roselle says:

    There are a lot of articles like this but when the author is a Filipino, I’m somehow biased and don’t mind reading it all. My inspirations are Jim Rohn and Tony Robbins. However, I absolutely liked this article. I’m an Accountant by profession and currently working as a Consultant for an I.T. company. I also started my own website and trying out so many things because I want to know what I am meant to do. Can I expound this topic and post the link of your article to my website? Can I also get tips from you, if you allow? Thanks.

  8. delia santos says:

    Your story is truly inspiring! I may not be so vocal about my discoveries but your blog is one of my treasured discoveries. Can’t help but to send your link to my friends and relatives so they too may learn more wisdom and understanding through it, just like me. I just wish my time will come that I may be able to inspire others too the way you do. I always look forward to the realization of my dream. Keep inspiring more Sir Fritz…..you’re doing a great job!

  9. Fitz says:

    Thanks everyone for the encouraging comments.

    @Roselle
    Of course! Go ahead!

  10. Thank you Fitz. Yesterday a friend told me to choose one thing I want to do with my life (career, job) and focus on it. To be honest, I have some weird hobbies, I am also into photography, once in a while I sing in a bar and I am fascinated with the Japanese language. I also dream of becoming a chef and an ESL Teacher. I always believe that time is not wasted when you spent it with a smile on your face.

  11. grace says:

    Thank you so much sir fitz, very timely & moving post. Really need this words of wisdom 🙂

  12. I also considered myself lucky to discover your R2BR website. I really learned a lot from it and was able to convince some of my friends too to subscribe and they are now enjoying the benefit of having the same kind of knowledge i had. We slowly take most of your advises and it really works..thank you so much 🙂

  13. mufti says:

    Wow! Thank you sir fitz for helping me discover what I really meant to do. Few years back I am a reader and a avid fan of your site which I am still to this day. Your teachings inspire me a lot…to do the things I love doing which is writing, I may not be so good at it but I continue to learn.

  14. kori1111 says:

    Hi Sir Fitz,

    First let me thank u for the post. I found it exactly just when I needed it.

    Sir, I opened up to someone just few days ago about being confused of what I’m supposed to do with my life. Sinabi ko sa kanya na hindi ko alam bakit di ko makita kung ano ba ung purpose ng mga ginagawa ko. Then I asked him, if he already found what he was supposed to do in his life. I was expecting an encouraging answer from him pero di po ung an nangyari. I was instead accused by him of ‘becoming insane’. I asked myself ‘how could i be insane just by wanting to know what I’m supposed to do with my life?’.

    Nadisappoint lang po ako dahil isa ko syang tinuring na mentor haha, considering na dahil sa nasa maganda na syang corporate position sa isang bank sa SG.

    Anyway, nagising po ako sa advice na ‘try as many things as you can’. No one ever told me that. Kung may nabasa man po ako, I would always see ‘Find your passion and pursue’ and iikot na lang dun sa passion ung advice. Di ko na nun mbabasa pa kung pano mahanap un passion na un. Kumbaga, you gave me an idea on how I should start. Direct to the point po ung mga payo niyo, wala ng palabok. And above all, madali pong unawain. As a novice po, aminado naman po ako na hindi lahat ng mababasa kong business and career articles ay nagsisink in kagad lalo na po kung sobrang madaming metaphors. Kaya natuwa po ako na nakahanap dn ako ng reliable at detailed and direct to the point na mga payo nio.

    And what I liked the most about ur posts, personally-touched po sila, nakakarelate po ako unlike dun sa mga ‘too good to be true’ stories ng ibang mga article at blog writers.

    Again thank you Sir, I bookmarked this post since ito na po ung gagawin kong method to discover what I want to do with my life. At least I discovered my first step in your post.
    One more thing po I needed coaxing too since I guess I have put too much pressure already on myself to find what I should do with my life.Only to find your words ‘So don’t worry if you really don’t know what you want to do in life, and just do what’s within your reach for now. But don’t waste your life doing only one thing’. Words of wisdom ko po maituturing ung mga payo nio.

    Kaya thank u po ulit and keep inspiring and sorry sa napakahaba pong comment. Haha.

    have a good day Sir.

  15. I always look forward to read your article Sir!!!

  16. Bryan Martinez says:

    Hi Fitz,

    I admire your spirit and drive. The situations you’ve been are somehow where I am today. Like you I am a licensed Engineer but I have this constant longing for a craft or a sense of purpose I could say; something that will showcase my truth and my passion. What you’ve given us, your readers, is a spark of inspiration that will fuel us in our search. Accept my warmest “Thank you” and God bless you more. Keep inspiring people. 🙂

  17. Iriz says:

    very inspiring sir. I found a mentor thru your blog..

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