To build something great, it’s gotta be bigger than you. It’s gotta serve more than your wallet, or your resume, or your ego. It’s gotta ignite more than your own passions.
The “experts” say it just needs to solve a problem. But I believe it has to make a difference. It’s gotta truly help people.
Sure, your own financial success most definitely can/should be a part of it. Pursuit of personal legacy or celebrity or influence may play a role. Yes, you should enjoy it. And of course you want to make your mama proud.
But the larger purpose, the greater mission, has got to be about others.
It has to be more about meaning than money.
It has to be more about fulfillment than fame. And it’s gotta be a lot more giving than getting.
Those are the missions worth fighting for… Those are the missions that make you feel alive.
Sitting here during a couple hour layover in Boston. Headed to New York. Was in Cincinnati last night. Austin the day before. Dallas the day before that. Will be back in Ohio Wednesday. It’s been a crazy week of movement. A crazy year of it really. A year ago at this time I was moving from Austin to Boston. It happened so fast. Instinctively. A sudden, life-changing decision that subtly blended “seizing the moment” and survival mode.
I’m surrounded by walls.
Cornered by constraint.
Forced into the places you put me. (more…)
Dreams aren’t free. There’s always a price to pay. There’s a cost for growth and discovery. Evolution is earned, not granted… You have to be willing to sacrifice, and struggle, and suffer, if you want to be truly successful… If you want to reach for that one, big, distant dream… that dangerous dream… (more…)
Today, I’m building a fence.
I’m putting up my walls.
I’m lining up every board and stacking up every brick… Piling them high and wide. (more…)