I have started reading the newly released book, RESOLVED 13 resolutions for LIFE, authored by the Top 10 Leadership Expert Orrin Woodward. This book contains so much incredible information in the Acknowledgements, Forward, and Introduction, that it took me a couple days of personal study before arriving at Chapter One! My plan over the next several weeks is to touch on a few topics within the book that will generate discussion. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this amazing book and dig in.
The first chapter is dedicated to the importance of having a life purpose, sometimes referred to as our calling. For all of us who study successful people, a common theme in their lives is identifying and pursuing the thing that gives them a sense of significance. Steve Jobs, John Wooden, and Wally Amos all provide great examples of how discovering and living their purpose allowed them to impact the world and produce a life of significance and legacy.
Confucius is credited with the quote:
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
People who are doing what they love to do, and getting paid to do it, are living in a rare sweet spot that few will ever experience. But how did they get there? Life usually doesn’t just hand it to you on a silver platter. Finding your “Purpose HedgeHog” (where your Passion, Potential, and Profits all intersect) is accomplished with persistence and hard work. In RESOLVED, Orrin Woodward makes the statement;
“Whatever a person is doing, he should do with all his might, and eventually doors will be opened revealing his purpose.”
Most areas of life where performance is measured (the workplace, a sports field, or your bank statement) is scored based on a standard set by other people. For example, my boss in the workplace, or the opposing team on the field, or “the Jones” with the new car and backyard pool. However, the book explains the concept of the “mirror test” that John Wooden describes as his standard for performance and secret to success.
“one of the things that [my dad] tried to get across to me was that I should never try to be better than someone else. Then he always added, ‘But Johnny, never cease trying to be the best you can be.’”
John Wooden’s mirror test was based solely on purposeful commitment and tireless self improvement. Investing the 10,000 hours in anonymity to master the skills required to be a champion. The chapter concludes with the following thought:
“Everyone who knew Wooden, learned the lesson of his purpose: that if one handles the inner scoreboard, the outer scoreboard takes care of itself. Imagine the impact that could be made in society if this philosophy of purpose were adopted by the top leaders in every field.”
Have you found your purpose? Are you focusing on pursuing excellence in that area? If so, the ripple effect will undoubtedly impact others in a significant way. Leave a comment that describes your HedgeHog Purpose.
God Bless, John