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Excerpt- My obsession with greatness

Preface

My obsession with greatness

I was obsessed with greatness without knowing the very reason why. Since the early 90’s, I dedicated my life to studying greatness and the great ones. However, I wasn’t interested just in any kind of greatness. My preoccupation was to understand the type of greatness that is fulfilling. I determined to fully understand greatness that sustains and endures.

Let me make a quick confession. Back then, when I began the journey as a student of greatness, it didn’t occur to me that it was my assignment on earth to play my share in restoring the greatness of humanity one person at a time. For many years since then, I couldn’t fully explain why I was:

  • Fascinated to understand the greatness potential of humanity.
  • Driven to conduct research, study, and fully understand true greatness.
  • Obsessed to inspire others recognize that they are greatness material and meant to manifest greatness in their own unique way.

Restoring the greatness of humanity

Nowadays, I have enough clarity. I now know why I was so passionate about true greatness. Today, I can explain why I had this inner drive. It’s because restoring the greatness of humanity is at the center of my life time’s purpose.

Back then, since nothing in me and around me looks and sounds like great, many were wondering why I was even talking about greatness. Let alone to stand up to such skeptics; I couldn’t even convince my own self. So many times, I doubted whether I was the right person to crusade for humanity’s greatness. However, slowly but surely, after more than two decades, I now fully understand why I was preoccupied to invest my time and energy on this controversial and elusive concept, Greatness.

Follow your curiosity, it could be your purpose

What is the moral of the story I just shared with you? When you develop curiosity about something, you should ask yourself a series of questions. For instance, ask yourself whether it’s something to do with your reason for existence. When you have a burden for something, even if others don’t care about it, question whether this could be due to the fact that you’re uniquely wired and designed to:

  • Address that issue,
  • Meet that need,
  • Solve that problem, and/or
  • Fill that gap.

Even if the inward witness you’re experiencing at the moment doesn’t give sense to you and others around you, don’t dismiss it quickly as irrelevant. Even though you couldn’t understand fully why you’re so obsessed with a thing, don’t downplay it right away. Follow your intuition. Give it ample time and check it out. Who knows, this thing could be your:

  • Assignment in life.
  • Purpose with which you serve your community, organization, and generation uniquely.
  • Ticket to attain enduring and fulfilling greatness.

Remember, you cannot attain greatness and get fulfillment without discovering and pursuing your unique purpose single-mindedly. Your purpose:

  • Is your competitive advantage.
  • Differentiates you from others.
  • Sets you apart.
  • Bestows on you favor.
  • Attracts the resources and connections you need to tap into your unlimited potential so as to unchain your greatness entrapped in you…

The above excerpt is taken from the upcoming follow-up book to ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’. The book will be published next month. Stay tuned!

Gandhi and his values-driven greatness (excerpt)

Throughout history, individuals and organizations that truly succeeded were able to:

  • Discover,
  • Define,
  • Communicate and impart shared values to their people, and
  • Align everything alongside the shared values to experience a values-driven greatness.

Let’s pick one of the great ones from those I’ve already shared with you in part one, and add two more great ones who led a purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven lifestyle.

  1. Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi attained the highest form of greatness: purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven greatness. As we already covered in Part I, his purpose was liberating India from England’s colonization. He went all-in and gave his life toward the fulfillment of his unique purpose. He saw a free India and helped his fellow Indians to see the picture clearly. Because of his visioning ability, he could rally millions of Indians to stand with his cause until India was liberated.

Gandhi also discovered certain values that defined him and his movement. He communicated these values and demonstrated unwavering commitment to live up to the expectations of these values on a consistent basis. His top three values were:

  • Truth,
  • Love, and
  • Loyalty.

In his autobiography entitled ‘The story of my experiments with truth’, Gandhi shared his experiments in search of the truth. In the book, he talked about attending many meetings organized by various faiths outside of the mainstream Hindu religion in pursuit of the truth.

His undying commitment to know the truth shaped his personality and the method he used to free India. It made him a man of love, dependable, forgiving, and a servant. He wrote, “To see the universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth face to face one must be able to love the meanest of creation as oneself.”[i]

He also wrote about one of his values, loyalty. “Hardly ever have I known anybody to cherish such loyalty as I did to the British Constitution. I can see now that my love of truth was at the root of this loyalty.”[ii] His loyalty to the Empire had been before he began the liberation movement. Until then, he “Believed that the British Empire existed for the welfare of the world. A genuine sense of loyalty prevented me from even wishing ill to the Empire.”[iii]

Gandhi led a values-driven lifestyle. This lifestyle earned him the respect of both his countrymen and the British. Because he showed undying commitment to his values, not only did he lead his country’s freedom, he inspired liberation movements around the world.

He fulfilled his purpose, realized his vision of a free India, and attained a purpose-oriented, vision-centered, and values-driven greatness. As a result, he impacted those well beyond his own country and generation. He left an indelible legacy and remains a household name around the world.

[i] Gandhi (1927). p. 463.

[ii] Gandhi (1927). p. 158.

[iii] Gandhi (1927). p. 287 – 288.

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This excerpt is taken from ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’ book pages 133 – 134.

If you haven’t yet, check out the following excerpts:

3. My conversation with Ken about purpose-oriented lifestyle
5. Is your organization purpose-oriented
6. Moses attained purpose-oriented greatness
7. Thomas Edison attained purpose-oriented greatness
8. The need to see the completion of your purpose
9. Vision has no boundary
10. Four truths about values.

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

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Four truths about values (Excerpt)

…When you discovered your purpose, you knew your cause. When you envisioned, you saw the fulfillment of the cause from the beginning, and you are clear about the direction you would take. At this point, you aren’t yet done.

You need values to propel your purpose forward, inspire you to remain committed to the advancement of your mission, and to safeguard your vision until it comes to fruition. Here are the four outstanding truths about values that may encourage you to seek a values-driven lifestyle:

  • Humanity shares certain universal values that have kept us together
  • With well-defined values greatness is inevitable
  • Disrespecting values leads to destruction
  • Showing unwavering commitment toward one’s values enables us to outlast setbacks
  1. Humanity shares certain universal values

Humanity, around the world, embraces and respects certain universal values. Animals are led by their instincts without any value. Their preoccupation is survival.

On the other hand, humanity is conscience based on certain universally recognized values. We have witnessed, again and again, many putting themselves in harm’s way to protect and save others including the people they don’t know and never met. In every society, we have countless individuals who are willing to pay the ultimate price for a greater good.

So far in our history, certain universal values could bring humanity together. Regardless of political, religious, cultural, and ideological differences, some regional and international organizations have been formed to protect certain universally agreed values. In this chaotic and diverse world, the human race wouldn’t have survived and co-existed without universally shared values. Rushowrth Kidder, in his book, ‘Shared Values for a Troubled World’ published his conversations with great men and women of conscience around the world. These extraordinary leaders suggested eight universal values mandatory for a sustainable 21st C: Love, truthfulness, fairness, freedom, unity, tolerance, responsibility, and respect for life.

However, universal values require constant renewal of commitment from all of us. In 2003, the then Secretary-General of UN, Kofi Annan gave a lecture entitled ‘Do We Still Have Universal Values?’ at Tubingen University in Germany. He stressed the need to recommit ourselves to universal values that are engraved in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights such as peace, freedom, social progress, equal rights and human dignity.” He pointed out that these universal values “are no less valid today than when, over half a century ago, those documents were drafted by representatives of many different nations and cultures.”

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This excerpt is taken from ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’ book pages 133 – 134.

If you haven’t yet, check out the following excerpts:

3. My conversation with Ken about purpose-oriented lifestyle
5. Is your organization purpose-oriented
6. Moses attained purpose-oriented greatness
7. Thomas Edison attained purpose-oriented greatness
8. The need to see the completion of your purpose
9. Vision has no boundary

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

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Why you should attend this coming Thursday’s workshop

This coming Thursday, February 15, 2018, @ 6: 30 pm at Marriott Marquis Washington DC, I’m going to facilitate a 2-hour workshop on the theme: Effective Communication Skills. Here are two strong reasons why you need to attend this workshop (or recommend someone) if you’re in the DC metro area.

1. The organizers. Your Ethiopian Professionals Network, known as YEP, is one of the most dynamic organizations that I personally know. I don’t usually endorse an organization just for the sake of it. I facilitated a workshop for the leadership team in 2012 or 2013 on mission, vision, branding, teamwork, and so on. I was so proud as an Ethiopian by their passion, unity of purpose, clarity, and professionalism of these young leaders. Don’t just believe my words. Because of their outstanding leadership, the organization has been growing exponentially. They have over five thousand members. Its members are diverse in profession, age group, gender, ethnicity, religion, and so on. Whether you’re new to the US or have been here for years, if your desire is to grow professionally, this is a group you have to join. You cannot grow and continue to succeed solo and without the network and support of like-minded professionals. Thus, use this opportunity to meet the leadership, its volunteers, and members. For more, check out their website: http://yepnetworks.org/

2. The theme, communication. One of my favorite motivational speakers- Les Brown said, “Communication is the number one tool to succeed in any endeavor.” Whether you are looking for a job, improve your relationships, advance on the corporate ladder, grow your business, serve and lead your community with excellence, you cannot do it without effective communication skills. You can have off the chart credential, out of this world talent and skills, and the zeal to serve, without communicating effectively, however, they are almost worthless. This is especially important to our community. Personal and professional developments are treated casually. I’ve met many talented Ethiopian professionals who overstayed in one position for years, not because they don’t have the qualification, experience, and drive; it’s due to the lack of certain soft skills like communication. I know many of you work hard and desire to succeed but hanging out with people from your profession alone is not enough. Reading textbooks of your profession alone isn’t sufficient to grow and advance in what you do. You need to invest in your personal and professional developments proactively. We need to incorporate this element in our culture. As a community, we need to develop personally and professionally constantly if our desire is to succeed individually and collectively. There is no shortcut. That was how other communities advanced, and enjoying prosperity and civilization- they developed the human potential of their people. By the way, government agencies, major corporations, and nonprofit organizations in the US that I serve as a facilitator pay thousands of dollars to arrange this kind of workshops for their staff, supervisors, managers, and executives. Now, YEP brought this to you for free. You shouldn’t miss this opportunity. If your desire is to go to the next level and continue advancing in what you do, you need to sharpen your communication ability. And, this engaging and interactive workshop empowers you to go to the next height in your communication skills. For detail, check out this Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/events/176432579752207/

The launch of Facebook Live for immigrants on Soft Skills

If you’re a leader, manager, or a supervisor or even a mere team member in any field, and if you’ve not read the little book ‘The One Minute Manager’, you should do it right away. “With more than two million hardcover copies in print, The One Minute Manager ranks as one of the most successful management books ever published.”

That being said, my goal here and right now is not to promote this book. I thought to share with you what the author, who is recognized as a management and leadership guru worldwide, Ken Blanchard said about Jesus. He wrote, “Everything I had ever taught or written about effective leadership during the past thirty-five years, Jesus did to perfection, beyond my ability to portray or describe. I realized that Christians have more in Jesus than just a spiritual leader; we have a practical and effective leadership model for all organizations, for all people, for all situations.” I conquer!

That is why based on my book entitled ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success’, I will use Jesus as a role model and show you, in my upcoming Facebook live chats, how the 12 soft skills recognized in the book allowed Jesus to succeed in His earthly ministry more than 2000 years ago. Those of you who are interested to read the book, which is written for anyone regardless of your religious affiliation and based on a case study in one of the leading research organizations, is available on Amazon.

However, as a way of giving back to the continent I came from, Africa and my own fellow Habesha leaders, professionals, and business owners who understand English, I’ll show you how Jesus, other Biblical characters, and past and contemporary leaders from the corporate world have had these soft skills that contributed to their outstanding success.

I’ll share with you insights, stories, and most importantly, tools that can help you take your already existing soft skills to the next height. This is especially transformational to the immigrant community in the Diaspora. Your talents, gifts, intellect, hard work, and so on aren’t enough to succeed in the West. You need to develop the 12 soft skills that make or break your success in the new culture you live and work.

Remember, I wrote this book based on my experience as a trainer for some government agencies, major corporations, and non-profit organizations. These organizations pay thousands of dollars to offer workshops to their leaders, managers, supervisors, and team members on these themes. Thus, don’t miss this opportunity. It’s free.

I’ll post more updates on my facebook account before the launch of this live chat. In the meantime, I’d like to hear your suggestions. I also encourage you to share this good news with the people you know who may benefit from this program.

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Vision has no boundary (excerpt)

Below are the four grand truths about vision, which I hope encourages you to begin seeing your purpose in a picture and pursue vision-centered greatness:

  1. Unlike other creations, humanity has two sets of eyes- sight and insight
  2. As much as our physical eyes are vital to succeed in the physical world, our inner eye is critical to attaining true greatness
  3. Tapping into one’s unlimited potential is impossible if one only depends on the physical eyes
  4. True greatness comes by envisioning and actualizing one’s vision
    1. Humanity has two sets of eyes

Unlike other creations, we humans have both sight and insight. However, it is insight, not sight, that distinguishes the human race. Victor Frankl said, “Among all living things, only we humans can envision our futures and play out mental scenarios of how we will make our visions a reality.” Unfortunately, very few tapped into this innate ability. These few are the ones who achieved greatness.

We live in two distinct worlds at the same time whether we are aware of it or not. We need both sets of eyes to succeed in both. Our physical eyes guide us in the physical world while our vision empowers us to tap into the unseen world and navigate successfully in the invisible world. Iyanla Vanzant, a motivational speaker, and lawyer said it very well, “If you don’t have a vision, you are going to be stuck in what you know. And the only thing you know is what you’ve already seen.” To go beyond what we see and already know, which is very limited, we need to go beyond what we can see with our bare (naked) eyes.

The latter is the key to attain undeniable success. With your sight, you can only stumble on something that exists in the natural. With your vision, however, you create if what you need doesn’t exist. Our sight must be complemented with our insight. Sight is bound by time and space; vision isn’t! Vision has no boundary. With vision, you can transcend time and space to create the world you desire and attain undeniable greatness!

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This excerpt is taken from ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’ book pages 83 – 84.

If you haven’t yet, check out the following excerpts:

3. My conversation with Ken about purpose-oriented lifestyle
5. Is your organization purpose-oriented
6. Moses attained purpose-oriented greatness
7. Thomas Edison attained purpose-oriented greatness
8. The need to see the completion of your purpose

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

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The need to see the completion of your purpose (excerpt)

Clearly seeing the completion of purpose

You may marvel and ask, why should I care about vision? I already know my purpose and pursuing it to secure a purpose-oriented greatness. Yes, a true greatness that endures is built on a worthwhile purpose as a solid foundation.

However, identifying and pursuing a purpose is the beginning of a long and protracted journey toward attaining an undeniable greatness. We shouldn’t be carried away at discovering a worthwhile purpose. We should sit down and clearly see the completion of the purpose.

‘Vision is the key to fulfilling your life’s purpose’

Myles Munroe was one of the great visionaries. He shared great insights in his book entitled ‘The Principles and Power of Vision’. In that book, he wrote, “Vision is the key to fulfilling your life’s purpose.” He was right. Vision supports the fulfillment of purpose at multiple levels:

  1. Vision to deepen understanding of the purpose

First of all, the process of visioning provides us a deeper understanding of the purpose itself. Knowing our individual purpose (and the mission of our organization) without envisioning is like being aware of the existence of a problem without knowing how to address it. Purpose shows you the:

  • Need,
  • Gap, or
  • Problem.

Visioning allows you to fully understand the need, gap, and/or problem the purpose addresses. It also empowers you to come up with strategies and approaches that enable you to:

  • Meet the need,
  • Bridge the gap, and/or
  • Solve the problem.

Purpose without vision is a handicap. With the discovery of a purpose, you just came to realize the existence of an issue, and you’re the right person (team/organization) to fix it. You need to tap into your innate ability to envision and understand the problem fully so that you could be able to address it.

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This excerpt is taken from ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’ book pages 79 – 80.

If you would like to read more about discovering and pursuing purpose, check out the following excerpts:

1. What I found out in my conversations concerning purpose: http://successpws.com/?p=2701
2. The four grand truth about purpose: http://successpws.com/?p=2703
3. My conversation with Ken about purpose-oriented lifestyle: http://successpws.com/?p=2707
4. About my little life and the path I have followed in the discovery and pursuit of my purpose: http://successpws.com/?p=2710
5. Is your organization purpose-oriented: http://successpws.com/?p=2712

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

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Is your organization purpose-oriented? Check it out (excerpt)

Before you read the excerpt below about some of the key features of Purpose-oriented organizations and whether your organization is purpose-oriented, I encourage you to quickly read the following excerpts concerning discovering and pursuing your purpose from my new book entitled ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’.
1. What I found out in my conversations concerning purpose
2. The four grand truth about purpose
3. My conversation with Ken about purpose-oriented lifestyle
4. About my little life and the path I have followed in the discovery and pursuit of my purpose

III. Purpose-oriented organization
An organization is purpose-oriented when:
• The founders/leaders know their individual purpose.
• The organization has a unique purpose/mission.
• The organization’s motive for its formation is not just making profits, rather, a very strong cause bigger than just making money.
• It hires key team members who share its purpose and promote to key leadership positions those who are loyal to the mission.
• The organization’s brand directly reflects the mission of the organization.
• The organization’s culture serves its purpose.
• Key stakeholders, partners, and alliances commonly share the purpose of the organization.
• The main thing of the organization directly contributes toward the advancement of the mission of the organization.
• All portfolios, programs, and projects directly contribute toward the fulfillment of the mission get top priority in terms of time and resources.

All those who attained purpose-oriented greatness either formed an organization (association, business, team, etc.) or joined a purpose-oriented organization. Either way, the organization was solely dedicated to the realization of its unique mission. It had purpose-oriented leaders and hired people who shared its purpose. Mahatma Gandhi, who knew the power of establishing and running a purpose-oriented organization, said: “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” No wonder why he altered the course of history.

Purpose-oriented employees, fulfilled at work
It is not just the top leader (s) gets fulfilled from forming and running a purpose-oriented organization. Other leaders and team members who joined the organization since they shared its purpose (mission/cause) are purpose-conscious. They too find fulfillment from their work and participation.

Let me share with you some statistics:
A 2015 research by Imperative disclosed that purpose-oriented employees are more likely to have a 20% longer expected tenure, and 65 % more likely to experience a high level of fulfillment in their work.

Deloitte’s 2014 survey “Found that focusing on purpose rather than profits builds business confidence and drives investment.” The same survey conducted in 2013 found out that “91% of respondents (executives and employees) who said their company had a strong sense of purpose also said their company had a history of strong financial performance.”

Organizations that articulated their purpose well and streamlined everything along their purpose succeeded more than those which failed to do so. A purpose-oriented organization has strong competitive advantages. It attracts loyal customers and fans who share its purpose. That is why Simon Sinek- the author of ‘Start With Why’, said: “People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it.”

Taken from the book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’, page 74 – 76. You can read more about the book by click here…

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If you would like to check out the Table of Content, click here…

You can order the Kindle and Print versions of the book from Amazon.

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

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Shared the risks, shifts, and sacrifices I paid in pursuit of my purpose (excerpt)

Making the shift took me more than I anticipated
Ken was curious to know my experience. With a friendly and playful manner, Ken asked: “Do you mind to share with me your story of migration?” I briefly narrated my story. “My journey began in the early 90’s back home in Ethiopia. Though I didn’t know the word purpose back then, I was convinced that my assignment in life is empowering others. Without wasting any time, I quickly began taking leadership initiatives, first a youth leader, and then became the president of the largest university students’ union. I continued to take leadership initiatives, which I thought aligned with my purpose. I made so many personality changes. I also made many shifts including my professions in order to lead a purpose-oriented lifestyle.”

I paused to see if Ken had any questions and whether what I was saying made sense to him. It looked like he was immersed in my story. I then acknowledged, “Though I had a sense of what my purpose look likes, discovering my unique purpose took me years. Back then, I didn’t know anyone close to me who was on his/her purpose. For that matter, I never heard anyone talking about it. I couldn’t find books on the subject. If I knew what I know now, it wouldn’t have taken me so long. However, more than the discovery, making the shifts in the pursuit of my purpose required lots of efforts, energy, risk-taking, and sacrifices. It also took me more time than what I anticipated initially.”

I have the scars as proof…
Ken asked some follow up questions. He was interested in the prices I paid and what I felt while I was passing through those uncertain moments. He was also wondering whether I was sure I’d make the shifts successfully and arrive where I had wanted to be and able to pursue my purpose beforehand.

He observed: “AZ, it doesn’t seem you passed through these troubles to discover and pursue your purpose.” It was visible on his face. He felt sorry for me, but at the same time, it gave him more reasons to listen to me. He realized that I wasn’t talking theoretically or from what I learned from reading. I walked the talk, and I have the scars to proof it.

Finally, Ken remarked, “I didn’t know you’ve paid these sacrifices in search of your purpose. You changed professions, left promising jobs, trimmed unproductive relationships, and refrained from taking luring leadership opportunities in order to pursue your purpose. It takes courage and endurance. My hat is off to you.”

He then pointed out, “I see now that discovering our purpose and making the shift from where we’re now to where we belong- our dream place, requires a considerable amount of effort and time but worth doing.” Ken then asked me to briefly elaborate what I mean by purpose-oriented:

  1. Life
  2. Relationships
  3. Organization (s)
  4. Leadership

I was glad to explain these concepts to Ken. I defined the terms and gave him some examples. Let me quickly recap what I shared with Ken…

Taken from the book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’, page 70 – 72. You can read more about the book by click here…

To read the press release, click here…

If you would like to check out the Table of Content, click here…

You can order the Kindle and Print versions of the book from Amazon.

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

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My conversation with Ken about purpose-oriented lifestyle (excerpt)

Ken vowed to discover his WHY
…The full benefits of purpose impressed Ken. He vowed to answer the question of “Why” for both his life and business. Though I was glad that we had come a long way, I decided to take our conversation to the next level. I emphasized that we cannot attain purpose-oriented greatness from just discovering and pursuing our purpose unless we lead a purpose-oriented lifestyle.

Making purpose the fulcrum
Ken jumped in. “I fully understand your definition of purpose and began appreciating its benefits. Nonetheless, you keep on saying purpose-oriented lifestyle. Do you mind elaborating?” “Sorry.” I apologized for not defining the term before I used it. I then explained, “Purpose-oriented lifestyle is attained when everything we do is aligned with our purpose. When our life, relationships, organization (s), and leadership are brought in line with our purpose. When our purpose becomes the fulcrum.”

Purpose-oriented are supper purpose conscious
“How can I tell when I become purpose-oriented?” Ken inquired. “Purpose-oriented people use their purpose as a filter. Before they allow anything into their life/organization, or before they jump into anything worthwhile, they make sure that it aligns with their purpose. They use their purpose/mission as a measuring stick. Simply put, purpose-oriented people are super purpose conscious. When you become sensitive and use your purpose as a decisive factor before involving in any major task, then, you can tell that you began a purpose-oriented lifestyle.”

Ken immediately understood what I was trying to communicate. He recapped, “If I understand you correctly, everything someone does must be in line with his purpose in life to become a purpose-oriented person.” “Correct,” I agreed…

A few discovered their purpose early in life
“By the way,” I continued, “Only a few people found out their unique purpose at the early stage of their life. These individuals aligned everything they did with their purpose. They:

  • Attended a school (s) that equipped them to pursue their purpose,
  • Grabbed jobs and opportunities that provided them some opportunities in the pursuit of their purpose,
  • Formed relationships and alliances with people who shared their cause,
  • Established businesses and organizations that contributed to pursue and fulfill their purpose, and
  • Took leadership initiatives based on their purpose and passion.”

“These individuals must be lucky. I never met anyone like that in my life. It’s almost impossible to have such a clean start.” Ken concluded. I agreed with him that very few began this rewarding journey with a clean start. I conceded, “Unfortunately, the majority of us need to make lots of shifts before we begin leading a purpose-oriented lifestyle.”

Few are leading a purpose-oriented life
I further noted, “Yes, it is hard to lead a purpose-oriented lifestyle. However, once someone discovers his purpose, it becomes natural for that person to trim those things in his life that don’t add value to the accomplishment of his purpose. Not only that, he actively and proactively looks for relationships and opportunities that align with his purpose. He only takes leadership initiatives that contribute, directly or indirectly, toward the fulfillment of his purpose.”

Ken interjected, “Still these are minorities.” I admitted that the overwhelming majority is far away from leading this kind of a lifestyle. “For many- myself included, it takes years, and in some cases decades. But, it’s doable. I encourage you to focus on yourself, and what you can do. Begin small scale. Start from limiting what you add to your life and business. For those things that have already got into your space, trimming can wait. Hold on your scissors for now.” Ken laughed loudly. And, I joined him…

Taken from the book ‘The Highest Level of Greatness’, page 67 – 70. You can read more about the book by click here…

To read the press release, click here…

If you would like to check out the Table of Content, click here…

You can order the Kindle and Print versions of the book from Amazon.

Contact the author if you’re interested him to speak at one of your future events, contact us. Tel: 703-895-4551 or email us @ assegid@successpws.com

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