Your Purpose Is?

What do you want to be when you grow up?  I find this to be a very good question that I still ask myself all the time and frequently pose to others.  For me, this is no longer a question related to titles, advanced degrees, industries, or income levels.  Instead, the questioning has evolved for me to be to determine what the definitive “purpose” of the work is.  What do we draw an ultimate satisfaction from?  Can we apply the development of that craft to make a difference, to genuinely relate with people, and to more than make ends meet with your family to support their success.

It took decades for me to more completely realize and appreciate that the very first profession that I ever chose and truly invested myself in, coaching, was what I was genuinely “wired” to do.  To this point, it best defines my purpose and offers the conditions where I can contribute and succeed with others to make a difference and to progress/win as a team.  Starting with my parents, teachers, and coaches, I’ve always most admired and wanted to emulate those that influenced me to become better.  Thankfully, this began with my parents, the many significant teachers early in life, and in the admirable coaches that chose to work with me.

To be the person we want to be when we grow up requires that we continuously work towards and discover that purpose.  Take the time to plan for and actively pursue what it is you want to be and what success looks like for you and your family.

Epictetus offers this guidance in pursuit of what you want to be when you grow up:

“First tell yourself what kind of person you want to be, then do what you have to do.  For in nearly every pursuit we see this to be the case.  Those in athletic pursuit first choose the sport they want, and then do that work.”




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