I have been pondering on an issue for sometime now, something bothers me about life which is the fact that more than 90% of people that pass through this world are quickly forgotten or rather don’t even have anything to be remembered for.
The question that keeps flooding my mind is “do I want to be one of these people?” Being significant or otherwise is a decision that has to be made. We make over a dozen choices everyday, MOST TIMES CASUALLY: What to eat? Where to go? What road to take? WAIT, what road to take? This looks insignificant but as insignificant as it may seem, it is perhaps the most important decision you will have to make in life, this little decision is what makes the difference between legends and non-entities, between kings and servants, between leaders and followers.
Before I proceed, I want to ask you, do you want to be remembered (for good)? If you have made a choice to be great, then you can take this train with me. I believe if you are still reading, then you are ready to go on this journey with me. I want you to know that there are certain things you must do in order to live as a king while you’re alive and become a story (legend) centuries after your death. We are going to take a step by step approach as we explore the truth.
DISCOVERING THE PATH
This is perhaps the most important issue we are going to discuss, every journey has a beginning. Take for instance you want to travel to the moon; you are not going to board a bus going to Oju-elegba. The path you take is determined by where you are going and where you are going is a function of who you are. Where you are going is your destination often referred to as DESTINY.
Life itself is a journey, the only thing is that everyone embarks on a different journey and like I said before the path you take is determined by where you are going and where you are going is a function of who you are. One of the worst mistakes a person can make is to imitate another person. Just as different products have been engineered to do different things, human beings too have also been engineered to be different with each person having his own unique talents, qualities and abilities. This uniqueness is what makes us ORIGINAL. Trying to imitate somebody only makes you a FAKE or worse still, a COUNTERFEIT.
“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it” ( Siddhartha Gautama Buddha).
The purpose of life is a life of purpose – Robert Byrne
Let me open this by saying that everyone who finds his purpose and pursues it wholeheartedly should and will always live a fulfilled life (a life characterized by health, wealth and happiness). I discovered from observation that the moment a person finds his purpose and determines to live it; he almost immediately becomes a superstar. Take for instance young Justin Beiber, he has become successful just because he discovered his purpose early enough. Take a look at Lionel Messi who has been named the world best footballer for four consecutive years. Another example is Oprah Winfrey, though she discovered her purpose not as early, she experienced a tremendous change in status as soon as she found it. She is now one of the richest women in the world.
Apart from finding happiness and fulfillment in what you do, doing what you love to do automatically attracts wealth to you. Whether you are a barber, farmer, electrician, motivational speaker or whatever, when you enjoy what you do, you thrive to become the best at it and when you become the best at it, everyone looks for you.
HOW CAN I RECOGNIZE MY PURPOSE?
This is a question asked by people on a daily basis and I am sure people will continue to ask it. There is nothing as painful as knowing that you have a purpose and not being able to determine exactly what it is.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself that will help you determine your purpose:
What can I do for fun and still make money?
Is what I’m doing today using my natural talent and personality?
Would I like to be the best at what I do today?
Who is doing something closest to my dreams?
What is it that when people do and don’t do it right makes me angry?
What would I like to be successful doing?
In what area would I like to make a positive impact?
What would I like to be remembered for the most?
What do I do best with the least effort?
What kind of assistance do people ask from me the most frequently?
In the process of answering these questions, you will discover that the same answer keeps coming to your mind repeatedly, that is the answer to your greatest question – that is your PURPOSE.
I will leave you with these thoughts;
To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.