People meet Purpose
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction”
The sooner companies embrace change, put their employees first and have a purpose driven culture the greater chance they have to survive. I believe more and more companies are focusing on making a difference in their respective communities and the world. What happens when people meet purpose?
Well let me tell you about a friend that previously lacked career purpose in his life. He worked for years as an executive working his way up the corporate ladder. He worked for companies that weren’t purpose driven and inherently all about profit. He went through the motions but ultimately was not happy because the company was only about profit. Cut this person, whack this team and he sometimes had to let go of good people who were considered Rock Stars the month before!
Yes, the executive lifestyle allowed him to own nice houses, expensive cars, travel and to wine and dine lavishly. But deep down he wasn’t happy. One of his outlets was biking. His wife encouraged me to take him out for long rides and talk with him because if he didn’t get his biking fix, things could unravel and he wasn’t centered. Bottom line; he wasn’t fulfilled.
So what happened to my friend? What he thought was his worst nightmare turned out to be a blessing in disguise! He was laid off. Something he thought would never happen to him.
After the initial shock of being let go, my friend began to dream and think about what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Not only did he dream he also began to do research. One of his passions was wine. Not just drinking it but researching, collecting etc. Me, I have a hard time telling the difference between a $10 bottle of wine and a $30 bottle. My buddy talks about acidity, extract, tannin’s and body, I thought he was talking about someone at the beach. This dream is now becoming his reality; he’s opening an urban winery in Denver early next year.
For him though he has started to come alive. He’s different. He has purpose and that is what was missing from his corporate days. The urban winery is risky, stressful and he certainly could lose it all. However, I am proud of him for giving his dream a go. My bet is on him to have it all – purpose, love of what he’s doing and a balanced and happy fulfilled life.
My question for you is are you purpose driven?
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