Before I talk about me, here’s what I believe about you:
You have a purpose for being on this planet, one that embraces your unique gifts and inner greatness and will make a difference in the world. It is a purpose beyond the scope of being a spouse or a parent. It’s personal and essential for living your authentic life. And it will require a level of courage and resolve that will be tested by people who claim your best interests but, in reality, fear change.
The search for my purpose began after college. I thought I’d found it when Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson agreed to help me go from prison guard to pipeline magnate. It was at that moment that I believed my life was about to take off. I mean, what could possibly go wrong for a phys ed major selling oilfield equipment to the Russians?
As it turned out almost everything, from a fellow prison guard stealing the business to shady deals with African con-men, deposed Iranian royalty, and a Georgian fugitive on the lam for embezzlement. After narrowly avoiding being kidnapped in Tbilisi and surviving the marriage from hell, I was on a downward spiral until the day I discovered my passion for flying airplanes.
What I love about flying is what I love about all passionate pursuits. They transform us into the best possible version of ourselves by filling us with joy and raising our expectations of what we’re capable of. And most importantly to me, I believe that pursuing our passion is the most important thing we can do on the path to finding and living our purpose in life.
So that brings me to you. I’m curious if you spend the most productive and creative parts of your day on work that stirs your soul? Or does your work leave you mentally, emotionally and/or spiritually empty? Do you wake up most days passionate about how you’re about to spend your precious time? Or do you wish you were doing something more inspired?
In my weekly newsletter I write about the path to finding and living your purpose. I talk openly and honestly about the challenges I’ve faced on my own path. And I share the one principle that gave me the courage to leave my normal life behind for the chance to do work that stirred my soul. Please click here to subscribe to my newsletter. I will never share your information with third parties.