We were at a party tonight and we met a number of wonderful people. Ilise and the kids came and everyone had a really nice time. One of the people I met was extremely interested in our discussion about making a difference and living a life of purpose. She seemed to be unhappy with the work she was doing, although mentally fulfilling it was not bringing much meaning to her life. In her words she was helping an organization become more effective so they could make more money.
When you take the time to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and take the time to really think; think about your family, think about your work, think about your life and what it stands for, things start to become clearer. In the peer group work that we do we require our clients to get on an airplane and travel to different cities 3 times a year. The interaction between the group members is amazing, but I have often said that just the action of getting out of the office for two days and focusing on your business, vs working in it, is a powerful process.
In addition, when I start most of my keynote presentations I tell people that all I can do in 45 minutes is to make them think. I can’t really teach them that much in 45 minutes, so moving them to think about how they are approaching life is what it is all about.
This journey that we are all on is an amazing one, but if you don’t take the time to think you just get caught up in the day to day grind. Day after day you keep chasing the same desires and you wake up one day and wonder what you really accomplished. Money is not a destination, it is the by-product of delivering value to an audience that needs the services that you can deliver. If those services make the world a better place so much the better.
I believe that most people don’t take the time to think about their life, they are just trying to make it from one day to the next. In the end, that is a shame!
‘Til next time …….