For every single one of us it’s terminal. There will be an end, we just don’t know when. This terminal condition is called LIFE. And if you are lucky you recognize this, because there is only one way to fight back the inevitable… you have to truly live.
We all know there was a beginning and at some point there will be an end, it could be twenty years from now, it could be fifty years from now, it could be 100 years from now, or it could be tomorrow. The inevitable of knowing at some point you are going to cross the finish line, to go there, (wherever there is for you), means you need to think very hard about why you are here.
There will be an end, so it’s time to start… to start with WHY. What is yours? What is your talent, your hidden treasure, your purpose? It’s never too late to figure this out, but it could become too late to live it. Don’t forget we all share this terminal condition called life.
So there’s this book, there’s always a book. As I have learned over the past few years, reading can change your life, especially something motivational, inspirational, or educational. You never know when one great idea will touch you, or spur you to action, or at the very least make you think a little differently about the life you are living, or the world around you. It may even make you realize you are not alone.
At the end of this week, just a few days after I left the financial services firm where I had been working the past three years, I picked up a book which had been sitting on a shelf. It was one I ordered months ago, one of several I had purchased in one giant order, (with an Amazon gift card :)), and with the goal of making sure I continue to read at least one book a month (5 pages in the morning, 5 pages at night). The book is called Start With Why, by Simon Sinek, (https://www.startwithwhy.com/).
And here is why I share it now. I think honesty, vulnerability and transparency are key – and if I am talking about something I should be doing my best to live it. It’s an example of how one idea can change your life, or even vindicate the change you decided to make. Here now is part of the preface to Start With Why:
When I first discovered this thing called WHY, it came at a time in my life when I needed it. It wasn’t an academic, or intellectual pursuit; I had fallen out of love with my work and found myself in a very dark place. There was nothing wrong with the quality of my work, or my job, per se; it was the enjoyment I had for the work that I’d lost. By all superficial measurements, I should have been happy. I made a good living. I worked with great clients. The problem was, I didn’t feel it. I was no longer fulfilled by my work and I needed to find a way to rekindle my passion.
The discovery of WHY completely changed my view of the world and discovering my own WHY restored my passion to a degree multiple times greater than at any other time in my life. I was such a simple, powerful, and actionable idea, that I shared it with my friends. That’s what we do when find something of value, we share with people we love. Inspired, my friends started making big life changes. In turn, they invited me to share the idea with their friends, the people they loved. And so the idea started to spread.”
It as if Simon Sinek simply beat me to the punch. He wrote it before I did, and the crazy thing is I read it after I made my change, but with the same desire and purpose in mind he speaks about in both paragraphs. It is as if I could have written the words above just last week as I made the transition from my old firm into a Field Sales Leader position with USHEALTH Advisors. It is all in line with the continuation of my mission to help other people everyday and the pursuit of my passion to write and to speak, and the ability to integrate the two, to overlap the circles of my life: to serve and to inspire others.
It all starts with WHY. So I ask you the questions again and encourage you to truly think about your answers: What is your WHY? What is your talent, your hidden treasure, your purpose? What can you do better than most, and that if you did it, would not only help other people, but by doing so transform your own life?
It’s time to take the time to figure it out, because time is not on your side, not on yours not on mine. We are terminal. Don’t let life end before you decide to begin.
It all starts with WHY?
Until next time, thanks for taking the time
Mark Brodinsky, Author, Blogger, Speaker, Emmy Winner, USHEALTH Advisors
Author: The #1 Amazon Best-Seller: It Takes 2. Surviving Breast Cancer: A Spouse’s Story
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