From a very young age, I was always a huge believer in living your life in a way that deeply reflects who you are….being congruent they call it. Which pretty much means, finding that crossroad where your skills, expertise, passions and purpose intersect.
Easy, right? It should be, but we so often over-think this and choose to let our mind, cloud our decision making. We see what society chooses and we jump into the slip-stream of these universal patterns of behaviour (what everyone else does). We train our brain to stay comfortable, we choose the easy road of life, which pushes us towards the path well-travelled rather than choosing the path never travelled (the purposeful one, only you can take).
If you’re at this point, remember, life isn’t about you and living in your comfortable bubble. Life is about getting out there, impacting the lives of others and patiently creating exciting and profitable projects that make others feel, look and become better people. It’s through that action, that people become compelled to do the same in their lives to others. This "pay it forward" approach, in many ways then becomes the ripple effect that will ultimately leave the world in a better place after we're all gone.
My motivation isn’t financial. It’s legacy driven.
Over the last 14 years, in and outside of my day job. I have built businesses, coached individuals through growth pains, and supported anything from start-ups through to 3rd and 4th year growth stage companies, where good people are trying to grow their business, but aren’t sure where to go next.
Now, running my own firm, I hope that for the remainder of my life I can work ridiculous hours speaking in-front of 1000s of people and partnering with other businesses and genuinely exciting individuals who want to join me in this legacy driven life.
Beyond the speaking and coaching I do under Tom Kooy, 3 of my growing list of other ventures I support; KinChip Systems, Feedmeeapp and PureGlow are doing some awesome things across wellness, food data and in the heath technology/data space. No doubt they’ll smash it. Not a result of me being in it, but it’s the wonderful executives, who are living their legacy, which will lead those businesses and visions to success.
I am not telling you this for my own self-glory. If you know me, I am not the glory guy. Don’t get me wrong, we all love attention! But my hope is that as I share this, you think about why you do what you do?
And as you do, I want to say, “be authentic to yourself”. Deep down we all have a passion and many of us choose to squash it for the 9am-5pm, rather than for the opportunity to take risks and work the 12am to 12am. While it’s crazy, it’s worth it.
So my challenge to you is:
- If you’re the career warrior, loving your job. I say “keep smashing it”. But while you do, just think about what you want people saying at your funeral about you? Are you living that mantra?
- If you’re someone who knows something great is inside of you, but you’re just squashing it down out of fear or for money reasons. Really dig deep. When the 9am-5pm finishes, push into 3 hours of working on that change you want to see and the legacy you want to create. The momentum will build and like the snowball effect opportunities will come.
- For anyone already on the path. Be patient. It’s a legacy you are building. That implies you’re playing the long game. So when something isn’t happening the way you want it to, think of the creative process that every artist goes through. The artist tries to paint, fails to get it quite right, then repeats. It’s painful but like any artist will tell you, that pain that you experience when nothing is going right, is all part of the process to grow you towards what you are trying to create. That character building (if you push through) is what takes your creation and turns it into that Monet, leaving that legacy.
Regardless of whoever you are, I want to encourage you, as I encourage myself, to have meaning behind what you do. There’s no right or wrong in how this should look. The only requirement is to stand up and be willing to impact the lives of others in a positive way. I want to get to the end of life and be able to stand up and be counted, I hope you do to?
So as you face this week, hit the ground running and work towards a legacy. And remember, patience in this game is everything.