Figure out where what you LOVE intersects with what you do well. And then plan how to live to GIVE. In my case . . .
I’ve dedicated my career to helping people become the best versions of themselves.
People often ask me if there was an “a-ha” moment when I realized I would make this my life’s mission. I tell them yes. At age 19, I fell four stories and fractured my back, broke my ankle, and cracked my skull. I should have died. I’m a living breathing walking talking moving miracle.
Having survived this brush with death, I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was a reason for my life. A purpose.
Then I went to work for Tony Robbins at the age of 25 and I started talking to a ton of people in hundreds of different organizations and different countries. It confirmed for me how unique and wonderfully different everyone truly is, once you go beneath the surface a little bit. And we’re all trying to find a way to turn our unique talents and gifts into something we can offer up to the world.
I was lucky to be mentored by Robbins, and it helped me carve out my life’s mission. I certainly didn’t foresee the path my life would take at age 19. Of course, few of us do see that far in advance. We all need a bit of luck here and there. But I don’t think we should rely on luck to be able to create our best lives and contribute the best of ourselves.
What I’ve learned is that the most successful people, the happiest people, the people who make the biggest impact — they intentionally focus their lives, their careers, by playing to their strengths. Clichés exist for a reason, and our society pays lip service to this noble goal in well-worn phrases. “Do what you love; love what you do.” “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That’s the goal for all of us. But it’s hard to have it happen by accident.
Please allow me to repeat myself – It’s much better to be intentional, to be FOCUSED, and to be dedicated to figuring out where what you LOVE intersects with what you do magnificently well. And then plan how you’re going to offer that up, and keep offering it, and keep offering it, for the good of everyone around you. It doesn’t really matter how you get there. The goal is the same either way: find what you LOVE, become an expert at doing it, and keep doing it until you leave a mark on this world.
So, put this on your MUST LIST. Let’s teach people that it’s mandatory to do that. Let’s teach them how to figure out their life’s calling. And let’s teach team leaders and their organizations that they’re going to win, too, when they encourage people to FOCUS on what they LOVE and do best.
It’s all about two things: First, get rid of the things that stifle your originality and uniqueness; and second, emphasize(take ownership of) your strengths that will enable you to achieve your highest contribution to this world.
How do you want to live your life?
Are you ready to get started?