MY MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON
Working in my home office one afternoon, I heard the Etta James ringtone, Tell Mama, and looked down at the iPhone on my desk. I read the word, Mom, and wondered why she was calling me from her bedroom when she could’ve easily walked into the office. Something had to be wrong!
I bolted from the desk, calling out to her several times as I sprinted to the bedroom door. When she didn’t respond, I entered the room; she was unconscious. As I held her face in my hands she let out three short, staccato breaths and she was gone.
Mom was my best friend and losing her was devastating. But in dying she reinforced the greatest lesson a parent can teach a child about living. For her entire adult life, Mom had courageously blazed her own trail because she believed in her purpose. And as a result, she lived an inspired life surrounded by loving friends and died doing what she loved to do. It doesn’t get any better than that!
After college I started looking for my purpose, not knowing that the journey would span twenty years and three continents. I was a prison guard, had my Russian pipeline business stolen, survived the marriage from hell, closed a fertilizer deal with a Russian felon, narrowly avoided a kidnapping, chased an Iranian oil deal with the Shah’s family, lost my life savings to African fraudsters and fled a hotel in Cotonou. But when I discovered my passion for flying, airplanes became the catalyst for finding and living my purpose.
When I say that, regardless of your age and/or circumstances, it’s not too late to find and live your purpose, I know what I’m talking about. I was in my 40’s when I first felt the spark of inspiration that would become my life’s work in my 50’s. And now I use everything I’ve lived and learned to help people find and live their purpose.