While scanning through the new releases on Netflix, I realized that one of the greatest movies of all time, in my humble opinion, was listed. With much excitement and anticipation, I selected it and began watching. One of the more powerful scenes early in the movie is captured in a conversation had by Marcus Aurelius and Caesar. While this movie is riddled with memorable quotes, one stood out more than the others.
Marcus Aurelius turns to Caesar and says, “When a man sees his end, he wants to know that there was some purpose to his life.” I pressed paused then rewind on the remote control so that I could hear it again. I started thinking to myself, why wait until a man sees his end? Why not make his life purposeful while he can?
So many of us are waiting for the right time to follow our purpose, while others are waiting for the right sign. I’m here to tell you that the right time doesn’t exist and the right sign may never happen. You must take control of your destiny. Don’t wait until your life has passed before you begin to reflect on it, START NOW! We all want to live a life filled with purpose; at least I believe we do.
We don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring nor do we know if we will be fortunate enough to meet it. What we do know is that you have complete control over today! Do you want to wake up one day and wonder where all the time has gone? Do you want to wake up one day wondering what you have to show for your time spent on earth? Or do you want to wake up at the end of your days and KNOW that you lived a life of purpose?
If you want to live a life filled with purpose, first you must decide to relentlessly follow your dreams. Discover what is most meaningful to you and vigorously pursue it. I have discovered my purpose in life which is to enrich and embolden the lives of others by using my God given gifts and talents. What’s yours?
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We are at an impasse as a society. As the financial divide widens, between the declining middle class and the increasing gap between the rich and the poor, most people are faced with the difficult decision of continuing with the daily grind or taking a risk and starting their own business. These brave folks are venturing out and doing what they’ve always been passionate about. Discovering your passion and taking risks allows you to benefit from the immeasurable rewards that typically follows such risks.
Most successful people find a niche or something they do better than most and execute it. Successful people typically involve themselves with a job that they would do even if they weren’t paid to do it. In fact, they don’t even see it as a job. Successful people maintain a deep understanding of the importance of the following phrase; “If you love what you do for a living, you’ll never work a day in your life”. It makes absolutely no sense to waste your time in a career you have no interest in. Some people are perfectly fine with what they do whether they love it or not; most winners think differently.
The tides are changing and those who are wise enough to change with the tides will not risk drowning or capsizing. The best way to ensure a positive outcome is to do what you love and love what you do. Most people will not subscribe to this rule mainly because it requires a significant amount of risks. Understand that rewards are reserved only for those who are brave enough to take risks. If you are gainfully employed in an industry you are not passionate about, spend time focusing on a hobby that can increase your streams of income. You cannot reasonably expect your quality of life to improve if you only have one source of income.
When you are passionate about your work and you love what you do, the money will always seem like a bonus simply because you would do it for free.
Turn your passion into profit.
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Why are you here? Seriously, have you given this much thought? Why do you think you were specifically placed on this earth in the earth suit you currently occupy? Some people wake up and follow the same routine day-in and day-out while they dream of a life free of monotony but do absolutely nothing to change it. While following a routine may work just fine for some, winners tend to get bored pretty quickly and constantly seek ways to be better. I know I do.
I do not subscribe to the fact that some people are born to be followers. That is a choice most people make but it should not have to be. I believe that leadership is a skill that can be learned. Take a look at the various industry leaders of today and ask yourself what you have in common with them. When you really analyze it, there is little to no difference between you and them; aside from the fact that they may have a bit more resources than you. Even so, every billion dollar company started out as a free idea. What are your ideas worth?
Your mind has the capacity to create ideas that create wealth. Today, I want you to focus on the question I initially posed; why are you here? Why do you think you were put on this earth and what purpose are you supposed to serve? This is not a simple question and requires a not so simple answer. It is going to take serious introspection to figure out your purpose in life, if you haven’t already. If you have, are you living it? If not, what are you going to do about it? The rewards of living your purpose are immeasurable but first you must find your purpose.
Find your purpose, find your freedom.
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When the end is finally here and you face your final curtain, before you exit the stage, what do you want to be remembered for? That is one of the toughest questions to think about especially as it relates to passing on. What do you want others to say about you when it is all said and done? What will they say? What are you going to do about it now to ensure that your memory lives on?
Some people are very comfortable talking about death and I must admit I am not one of them. Yet I would be remised if I did not help you understand the importance of living life the way God intended you to live. Since the inception of this new understanding, my principle focus has remained on how I can improve my life and the lives of those around me while I am still here to do it. Simply, how can I make every single day count and use my limited time wisely. Each day presents another opportunity to provide answers to these questions.
Please understand that while death is inevitable, living certainly is not. Just because you were born doesn’t mean you’re living. In fact, just because you are alive doesn’t mean you are living either; there is a distinct difference between the two. Understand that people are perishable items with expiration dates much like the items on your grocery list. The goal should be to get maximum use of those perishables prior to their expiration date; your life included. Maximize your full potential and do things you have always wanted to do; visit places you have always wanted to see; commit yourself to experiencing new experiences and learning new things. Your life is worth living; start living today.
Life is truly what you make it. Be sure to make it what it should be before your expiration date.
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You’re probably like most people who begin their day by repeatedly pressing the snooze button. Am I right? The blaring and sometimes startling sound of the alarm clock certainly adds to the negative reception of the morning. After several grueling minutes and the inevitable end to the battle between you and your alarm clock, you finally drag yourself out of bed. You have officially started your day on the wrong foot.
How you start may not always determine how you finish but that should not prevent you from starting strong. The sooner you realize that you are in control of how you receive the day, the sooner you can start your day with purpose. Wake up and be thankful. Wake up and receive the day as an opportunity to get closer to achieving your dreams. Wake up and greet the day with enthusiasm.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift; that’s why it’s called the present.” Unwrap the gift that is today and start walking with purpose. It is difficult to reach a particular destination if you aren’t sure if you even want to go. Live a life that’s full by walking in the understanding that your blessing is right around the corner; meet it half-way.
The first step is taking the first step.
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Sometimes it takes others to recognize our greatness. You have heard before that we are our worst critics; this is true. Think back to something that you didn’t accomplish and how hard you were on yourself. During these times, it is can be a little challenging to accentuate the positives. There is a very good reason why you failed and while you are wallowing in your sorrow, the lesson that should be learned may never be learned. The greatness you possess is sometimes clouded by the judgment you pass on yourself based on your recent loss. Dust yourself off and try again.
Growing up I did not realize that I had innate leadership abilities. During the close of my junior year in High School, my English teacher Ms. Grice approached me prior at the end of the class and said, “Joe, I need to see you after class”. Naturally, I assumed I had done something wrong because I’ll admit, I was a little bit of a trouble maker who certainly did not know nor cared what the future held. Seconds before the bell rung, Ms. Grice’s eyes were fixated on mine as she gestures for me to walk towards her. Unsure about the subject of our meeting, with bated breath I was ready to hear my crime and accept my punishment. Ms. Grice looks at me and says, “Young man, you have a gift. A gift of connecting with people. Every time you say something, your peers listen. You need to put that to good use and not waste it.” The good use Ms. Grice was referring to was running for Senior Class President; a position I had absolutely no interest in seeking.
The subsequent weeks felt like years as I participated in a battle that I had never entered before against a machine I knew nothing about. Sun Tzu would object to my approach on what I considered a war, namely because it is important that you fully understand your enemy if you are going to win the war. Ok, my opponents were not the enemy and this was not a real war yet I was determined to claim victory. The morning announcements concluded with the results of the election and I appropriately sat in Ms. Grice’s class as we all waited. Minutes later my name was announced as the winner. I walked over to Ms. Grice; the well of her eyes began to fill with tears as she reached out to hug me. She said, “I knew you could do it if you only tried. I’m so proud of you.” Thus began my journey of understanding my gifts and maximizing their uses for the good of the order.
While it may take others to recognize our greatness, we must also strive to recognize the greatness in others; especially if they don’t see it in themselves. Ms. Grice helped discover something in me that I had no clue existed. Just like she did for me, I have continued to pay it forward, helping others realize the greatness they innately possess.
As your eyes read these words; your greatness is being manifested.
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Stop trying to be someone you’re not. Being yourself is the best gift you can give to the world. Accept the fact that you are truly unique in every aspect of the word. I want to stress the point of emulation; it is ok to emulate someone successful. The goal is to reap the benefits of and yield similar results that the successful person has by emulating or imitating their actions. This type of imitation is healthy. The imitation I speak of in the first sentence deals specifically with those who choose to live their lives based on someone else’s standards and expectations. You can choose to change that today.
It is imperative that you write your own story. As I mentioned before, many people make the mistake of trying to mimic the actions of the wrong people. You will know that the people or person you are choosing to imitate is not the “chosen” one when the results you are producing do not yield favorable results. Your mentor is producing results that benefit them as a result of being themselves; you need to do the same. Everything that makes them great is precisely what can and will make you great if you put your personal spin on it.
Learn to trust, love and accept yourself for who you are and what you can give to the world. Commit to memory the fact that you are uniquely gifted; allow the world to benefit from your gifts. The one song that kept playing in my head as I shared this word with you is Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”. The final verse of that song, in so many words, epitomizes the walk of a leader; “For what is a man? What has he got? If not himself – Then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels. The record shows I took the blows and did it my way.” You already have the roadmap to success, now all you have to do is do it your way!
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Ever wonder what your purpose in life is? Of course you have. We have all spent countless hours attempting to answer the age old question, “Why am I here?”. If you already know the answer to that question then that is absolutely incredible. I encourage you to continue on your journey and wish you the very best. If you are like most people, the answer to this question is extremely difficult to answer. I’ve figured out a way to help you get a better understanding of why you are here and how to discover your purpose.
In order to answer “why you are here?”, we must first answer “what are you passionate about?”. Take a moment to think about your answer. It may take more than a moment but it is imperative that you are clear on what you are passionate about. In essence, once you are able to discover your passion, then and only then will you discover your purpose. Your passion is doing what comes naturally, also referred to as your gift. What is it that you do that seems to come easily or naturally? That is the key to finding your purpose.
Finding your purpose is not only restricted to doing what comes naturally, it also deals with love. As far as your natural gift, if you’ve made the discovery, do you love it? Some people are able to naturally run fast but have no desire to be a track star. You must love your passion before it can become your purpose. Finally, you must be able to answer “why and how”. Why do you love this gift that comes naturally and how do you plan on making a positive impact on the world through this gift? Answer these questions and your purpose will be less obscure.
Through these steps, I’ve been fortunate enough to discover my purpose; which is to improve the lives of those who have experienced and continue to experience trials and tribulations by serving as a testimony of what resilience and persistence can produce. My passion is writing and speaking; these attributes come naturally. I absolutely love what I do and I do it because it brings so much joy to my heart when I am able to contribute to others success and help them discover their purpose.
Follow these simple steps, believe that you were destined for greatness and pursuit your passion with vigor. When you discover your passion, you’ll discover your purpose.
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