I met a “real man” yesterday, an individual who confided he is dying. His illness is terminal…timeline perhaps soon but uncertain. He is not a quitter; he has defied the odds for at least ten years. While some of us turn inward and focus on putting our life in order and taking care of estate plans this man is full boar on with his business. It gives him purpose. Yes the other aspects are looked after too but this guy inspired me with his legacy building approach to his life’s work.
He looks at his business and staff as his family in addition to his wife and children. Continuance of his ideas and goals will live on without him because he has mentored his employees, taught them his values and encouraged them to be the best at what they can be. He surrounds himself with talented people and learns about their strengths and personal goals and helps them aspire to greater success. He has created a shared fun working environment of value.
This resonated with me because losing our daughter recently brought us (my wife and I) face to face with the reality of what is our purpose now? The answer is legacy. What can we do with our experiences? How can we share our skills and knowledge with others to help them succeed? Finding this purpose keeps us all strong.
For those reading this post ask yourself about your true life goals. Where do YOU want to take YOU? Once and a while it is a good to think big picture purpose even when you are in a spot where all looks bleak.
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