Since graduating college six years ago, 29-year-old Sierra has struggled to kick-start her career and find a position that uses the degree she earned. Feeling like she's not contributing to the world, she sits down with the Rev. Ed Bacon in an OWN special called "Help Desk."
"I used to think there was this lesson," Sierra says. "I had this hope that there was a plan for me, and I want to believe. I'm just losing hope."
Rev. Bacon tells Sierra he knows all about those feelings of self-doubt. "So I just want to affirm that you are a normal human being," he says. "You're not unusual and you're not weird and you're not going down the tubes."
In order to get where she wants to be, Rev. Bacon tells Sierra she has to give up the notion of ever giving up. "Nobody has ever made it who wasn't persevering," he says.
"I think life is really like a scavenger hunt and you don't know where you're going to end up," he continues. "You can only live one day at a time and do today's event, and get the clue from today what the next day is. Sometimes it's from minute to minute; sometimes it's from hour to hour."
Not knowing the future can be frustrating, Rev Bacon says. "I get up in the morning and I am so regimented," he says. "I've got my cell phone, I know exactly all the appointments I have. And then when I pray in the morning, I have to give it all up and understand that the end of the day is going to be so very different than what the calendar said the end of the day was going to be."
To reach her career goals, Rev. Bacon tells Sierra there are three things she can do.
"Perseverance," he says, holding up one finger.
Second, "Giving up that vision of 'down the road,' but using every day as getting a clue in the scavenger hunt of your life," he says.
And lastly, "Staying really confident that you are unique and that you do have a beautiful contribution to make to the history of the universe that nobody else can make, Sierra," he says. "It is yours, my friend."
The Rev. Bacon ends with one last piece of advice. "One of the keys to life is to learn how to have your fears and not become your fear," he says. "When you do that, invariably you relax, you connect with others, you realize you're a member of the human family and your life actually improves. Your thinking improves, and your creativity actually improves."
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