Today, we’re talking Success Principle No. 2, which is how to find your passion, your “Purpose.” Stated in the book, it says, “Be clear why you’re here. Decide upon your major, definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it.”
Now, for me, my note is that people go a little too foo-foo here. So, for example, I don’t know why I’m here. I’m 40 now. I have no crazy, Ghandi-like purpose or passion that I know of. My main motivator is pretty simple. It’s making money, cutting obligations, and enjoying a happy life. So for me, phrasing it that way makes a lot more sense than to think of smelling crystals and burning incense and stuff. But anyways. To be on purpose means that you’re doing what you love to do and doing what you’re good at and accomplishing what’s important to you, so that’s how I see it. So that brings up the integrity thing too. I’ll link to the integrity post right here; that’s a good one.
How To Find Your Passion – Watch Video Version
When you’re brought up a certain way, you see certain things, your parents tell you certain things, you listen to stuff, and then when you get older, it’s kind of like if your mom used to make a whole bunch of French onion soup or something with bread. And then, you smell that when you’re older, and you’re like “That’s good food. I like that food.” So it’s the same kind of thing. Maybe, to be on purpose to me is kind of like when the way you were brought up and the things you were exposed to, when you encounter them later, you feel comfortable doing them.
Let’s say your dad was always working in the shed and he liked the smell of cedar and stuff like that. And then you end up becoming a carpenter later because that feels like you’re on purpose, when you’re framing houses. That sort of thing. I think that’s a little more likely than a beard-wearing dude up in the cosmos telling you that you were put on Earth specifically for this person or for doing this thing. Anyway.
Okay, so I think when you are truly passionate and on purpose, the people, resources—no. I don’t think this. This is what Jack Canfield thinks. When you’re truly and passionately on purpose, the people, resources and opportunities you need naturally gravitate toward you. Hey, cool, maybe that’s true. It’s not true for me. I think being on purpose is great, but if no one pays you anything for it, you’ll just be stressed out and broke. You can have hobbies, but you need a market to make some money.
Would You Do It For Free?
Ask yourself, “What is a job that I would love so much that I would do it for free but that people would pay for?” You’ve got a winner if the numbers look good on profit margins, number of available audience and barrier to entry. But if you just think, besides Pewdiepie, if you think playing video games all day is going to do it for you, that’s a little bit harder of a road to travel.
Okay, you were born with an inner-guidance system that tells you when you’re on or off purpose by the amount of joy you are experiencing. Again, that sounds like that sort of esoteric stuff, but I think again, it’s the same thing. You’re brought up in a musical household, you’re going to gear toward musical stuff. May become a recording artist, you know what I mean?
Pat Williams is the Senior Vice President of the NBA’s Orlando Magic basketball team. He said, “Figure out what you love to do as young as you can, and then organize your life around figuring out how to make a living at it.” And that’s pretty cool because the longer you do something, the better you get at it. And then you’ll be seen as an expert, and money usually follows being an expert at something because you’re really good at it, and people will pay for the shortcut of the time you’ve invested. So I still believe you can do whatever you want once you build a business system. Oh yeah, that generates passive income.
Finding Your Passion Vs The Sure Thing
So I think before you go foofoo and just try to pursue this passion that you love and get trapped in there, why don’t you go for the sure thing? Find a market, provide them something that they want because once you have all the money coming in, you can do whatever you want. Whereas, a long time ago, when I listened to The Secret and all of that, I thought, all right, I’ll visualize, I’ll do exactly what I want and what I love, which was fitness, and I beat a long road of 10 or 15 years before I realized, you know what, if nobody wants what you’re selling, you’re just going to end up being broke and stressed out doing what you love.
Having said that, it’s not that people don’t want fitness stuff. You can do what you want, what you love, which for me was fitness. But you’ve got to make sure that your marketing skills and the market that you’re going for are a match. Don’t market to fit navy seals when somebody is sitting there at 300 pounds that really wants your help. Don’t put your wants ahead of market demand by saying, “Oh, I don’t work with overweight people. I only work with navy seals.” You know what I mean?
So in my view, purpose isn’t something holy or ordained by the universe. Purpose is doing what brings you happiness because happiness brings time in the practice of doing that thing, which is unmotivated by the money because the money comes and goes. So time and practice with an extraordinary amount of time in something, in some profession. You become good at it, and that means others will pay you for what you know as long as people want to know what you know.
Your Passion And Purpose Can Be Simple
So there’s a lot of people who say their purpose in life is to love and inspire others to share in happiness and all that. If you don’t feel that way, I say that’s great. If you just want to make money and chill on the beach, if that’s your purpose, that’s great. As long as you can find people who want something that you’re offering, boom. You’re good. I don’t think it needs to be super Mother Teresa-ish. I don’t know. Maybe that’s just rude, but whatever. So, again. Live free, happy, if that’s your deal, then that’s cool. Cool.
What Would You Like That You Can’t Find To Purchase?
So in The Success Principles by Jack Canfield, which is what we’re working through, right. We’re on success principle No. 2. In the book, you are directed to the life purpose guided visualization. It’s part of awakening power set of meditations on CD. Okay, well, I’d rather spend time, evaluating customer complaints on certain products. Then making a better solution to them so that they’ll pay me for it.
As I go through these principles I find that The Success Principles by Jack Canfield is motivational. However, there’s a lot of intangible stuff where you end up sitting on the couch in the morning and visualizing your goals and stuff.
“The Fast-Lane Millionaire, Your Road To Becoming Wealthy” is how much profit are you making per unit? How many units can you sell? What’s your upper ceiling on that and then what is the business multiplier in the industry that you’re in. Lastly, will you be able to sell the business at the end of it and get a huge hit of cash instead of retiring on a hopeful 401K sort of deal?
So when I started reading that, I was like, okay, that shit there, that’s hardcore, tangible stuff. When you’re working with numbers, they don’t lie, right? You’re working on something. Working on yourself is viable, too, but you can see the difference, what I’m talking about.
All right, anyway, give me your thoughts and opinions, say Fast-Lane Millionaire vs. The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. Also, let me know what you think about trying to make money based on your purpose and finding your purpose. Cool! Discuss, let me know. Like or dislike. Talk to you later. Bye.