Novelist and screenwriter Curt Siodmak once said, “A man of conviction is often more to be desired than a man of experience.” These poignant words have some very real applications for us today. We live in a society with two dominate and polarizing thoughts on life. On one hand we have the “work hard, do your job, be a good soldier” train of thought. This one encourages us to grin and bear it; to go with the flow in order to live a “secure” life. On the other hand we have the “make your dream job, do what makes you happy” train of thought. This theme encourages us to live on feeling, to find a passion and turn it in to a living. Now, I don’t want to make this in to a black and white, clear cut statement because few things in life are that way. What I do want to say is that there is a way to marry these ideas and it starts with conviction.
We live in a world of systems. The question is how do we navigate these systems and create a life that is valuable to us and our community. Here is where conviction comes in. What are you convicted about? (note: not a moral type of conviction but rather what gets you excited and motivated). Start there. Now explore the ways your conviction can transform your life. How can you turn it into a life style that makes it easier (nothing worth having in life comes easy, right?) to work hard or be a good soldier? Our world is full of opportunity for those who are convicted and act on it. As Thomas Carlyle put it, “Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.”
Kinfolk Magazine is a great example of what becomes when people act on conviction. Check out their manifesto and see what they’re doing. There are many others out their who had a conviction and have done something great with it. Perhaps you could be next.