Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change

You Won't Find Fulfillment Without a Purpose

February 15, 2024 Travis Maus Season 4 Episode 129
Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change
You Won't Find Fulfillment Without a Purpose
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Then, brace yourself for an enlightening discussion on gaining clarity in your life's direction. We step away from the hustle and bustle to explore the necessity of creating space for reflection, a process that allows you to cut through the noise and focus on what's truly important. It's about pinpointing the hurdles that hold you back and strategically planning how to surmount them, whether it involves tweaking your current path or overhauling your life to align with your passions. This episode is a treasure trove of strategies designed to steer you towards action, equipping you with the tools to reshape your journey to one that's rich with purpose and passion. Join us as we chart the course to a life where your goals aren't just dreams, but destinations you're actively moving toward.

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You. This is Unleashing leadership, and I'm your host, travis Moss, and welcome back to quote day, favorite day of the week. Today's quote is about how you will not find fulfillment without purpose. Our quote is from harsh, and I can't say the last name and I'm gonna try it, but I'll spell for you. It's m a r I w a l? A. He is an Indian entrepreneur who founded a fortune India 500 company. So this is another one of those doers. This is a man who's made a lot of money, who has become somebody Very, very successful and very recognized. He's got his own Wikipedia page. His quote Entrepreneurship is about having a larger purpose, not just a profit making motive, and I want to make two points about this, because I think his point is strong enough, but some people say, yeah, great, that's his opinion.

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I just want to make money. Entrepreneurship is not about making money. It is about passion and obsession. Money just happens to be a nice consolation prize For some of us sometimes when you're really an entrepreneur. It is about growth, it is about building, is about leading, it is about inspiring In fact, a lot of entrepreneurs for go a lot of financial opportunities On this mission to build better, to grow better to lead better. And, yes, for some of them they get riches that are just unbelievable. They can make un Godly amounts of money. When you change the world, you get to make that kind of money, you get to have that kind of lifestyle. But you change the world first, then that comes. That's what entrepreneurship is about. It's about changing the world. Now there's classes out there all the time. You go to university you can take a class on entrepreneurship, just like this class is on leadership. You go take a class on leadership, but purpose is so important. Purpose and desire and you know why you're doing something is so important. Having a guiding star that lines your actions is so important.

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I'm normally a stickler for words and, yes, that the, the. The word Entrepreneur literally means a person who organized and operated business or businesses, taking on a greater than normal financial risk to do so. Now we've heard from From lots people out in the media or in the government that you know those, those nasty business owners and those nasty business founders. They make too much money. It's not fair. They don't share. They take Greater than normal financial risk. And it's not just financial risk, it's personal risk. A lot of times it's relationships that they forego. There's all kinds of things involved in there.

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That somebody is giving up to be an entrepreneur, to really be an entrepreneur, you can have a company doesn't mean you're an entrepreneur, um. So, thinking back to what I just said there, with that definition I've got to stay true to myself. And you are not an entrepreneur if you are just chasing money. Nowhere in that definition does it say taking on greater than normal financial risk in order to do so so that I can make more money. Organize is not a business or business for the purpose of making more money. It just says that you take on more risk to organize and operate a business or businesses. In my opinion, through my experience, what I can say is that if money is at the center of the reason why you have a business, you have a higher likelihood to fail as an entrepreneur. If I was starting a club of successful entrepreneurs and you knocked on the door and said can I be part of the club? And I said what's the most important thing to you? And you said making money out of my business, I would say you're not invited. Sorry.

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But my second point some people struggle to find purpose, and this is a real thing. We kind of roll through life, going through the motions, and people tell us you should find work. That is your purpose. Your work needs to complete you, it needs to fulfill you. You need to go out in the world and do whatever makes you happy those types of things but those same people are sitting there going. What am I really meant to be doing? What am I doing to get myself an opportunity to do so? I mean? Well, that's the second one is the question you should be asking, and I think that we're getting this wrong your job, what you do during the day, your work day, the job, the function of doing the job. There's things in every job that you're going to hate or not like. I mean, that's the nature of work. But your job is not. The PSTEP fulfills you. That's the vehicle that gives you the support team, the resources, the network. The job or the company is the vehicle as you're pursuing what it is that's important to you, whether that's helping people do something, whether it's inventing products that help people in a certain way, whatever it is, whatever is really your mission or your purpose, your job and the company you work for are the vehicle to help you get there, the support structure for you, the source of resources for you. So when we look at the job more so as a tool, I think it becomes a little bit easier to think about.

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Okay, this is really a personal journey. This is a me thing. I've got to figure out what my purpose is, what matters to me and what am I doing to get myself in position for that. And people listening to this podcast, you might be thinking, well, I kind of got this figured out. I know that you would have it figured out, or that you'd at least be on the path of figuring out. But the problem is is that it's not you. It's the people that follow you that are trying to figure it out, or the people that you want to follow you that need help figuring it out. We have to help them on the journey to figure it out as well, too. That's how you can build trust. That's how you can attract will.

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As leaders, we need to help other people who are going to struggle more with this question than we do, because you can't effectively lead without a purpose. You can promote anybody into leadership that you want. That's been doing their job well, right? Maybe they've been doing the ABCs of their job functionally well. Then you put them in a position of leadership and they completely fail. Why Do they understand the purpose? They understand the commitment and the sacrifice behind the purpose. Have they bought into the purpose or were they just good at doing a job? In fact, you can't actually effectively follow anybody who doesn't have purpose. You can't do it. You're going to get tired of that person. You're going to be uninspired. You're going to actually probably rebel or fight back against them with things. It may be passive-aggressively, but you will. You really can't find personal fulfillment without purpose. This is why people are all. You're not going to find a job that fulfills me. No, it's not the job that fulfills you, it's the outcome that fulfills you. It could be the outcome of the job. It can be an outcome of things that you do during the job. It could be the outcome of some of the things that you get at the job, like building community, whatever it is.

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People talk about self-care all the time. This is like a new thing. I don't know, maybe it's been around longer, but it just seems new to me. People need to take a me day. They need to take a day off where they just sit and veg and think about themselves. I guess, or they need to take a mental health day, or whatever you want to call it. I learned this, actually, from John Maxwell's writing, one of the first books I read almost two decades ago.

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Now. Take one day or two days or as many days as you can string together up to two weeks kind of. The sweet spot is probably a week and get yourself to quiet place and unplug, turn off the email, turn off the internet, turn off the smartphone, turn off the kids, do whatever you gotta do to get yourself separated from all the noise, where you can just sit there and think. And you need enough days that you can turn off work. You're not thinking about work anymore. You're not thinking about the kids or whatever's going on in your life anymore. You just are thinking about you. Have clarity right? It's like the water settles. All the silk goes down to the bottom and you can see to the bottom of the water.

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You need to find some time where you can sit there and you're looking at that clear water as if you're looking into your own heart and soul, and you need to think about what is it that is so important to you? And then you need to think about now. What's keeping you from doing that? And that's not good enough, though. You gotta go one step further. Whatever's keeping you from doing that? What is the step by step? What are the things that you need to do? These are your leading in the key. These are your leading indicators. What are the things you need to do to get yourself in a situation that you would actually be able to be dedicated to this passion? How can you maximize your current situation to spring you forward? Or are you potentially in a situation that you need to completely change so that you won't be held back any longer? And if you need to completely change it, what are these step by step? What do you need to do? Then you gotta get to work.

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