This is the fifth post in our series, How To Take The Adventure Of Your Lifetime.
We are talking specifically about Purpose for a couple weeks, so please leave your comments below with questions, thoughts, and struggles… so we can help.
Let me tell you a story about a man, who found his purpose and transformed our world.
But he never felt like a special man.
He was an average man… with an average intelligence.
He was pretty broke… and had no special talents.
He was a mediocre student… and he lacked courage.
Mohandas was just a Normal Guy.
In fact, he was a failure.
He had studied to be a lawyer… but he was too shy to speak up in court.
He was stubborn too… and would get into arguments with judges and other lawyers.
Mohandas was a horrible lawyer.
If you had looked at Mohandas’ life in his 20′s…
You would have seen a shy and unsuccessful schmuck.
Have you ever felt like that?
Mohandas might be just like you.
In fact, you are probably less shy… more intelligent… and have more access to resources than he did.
And Mohandas freed a nation.
Yo… you know we are talking about Gandhi here, right?
Although the people of India refer to him as the Mahatma… “Great Soul”…
In Christianity, he would be a saint.
Millions worship him.
Millions did anything to hear him speak a word.
Countless people rubbed the sand he walked on on their forehead…
Because they were so grateful, he gave his gift to the world.
Gandhi found his purpose and transformed from an unsuccessful failure…
To a living God.
But your purpose doesn’t have to free a nation.
Maybe you just want to create a successful travel blog.
Maybe you just want to make a living playing music.
Maybe you just want to show people your videos.
Maybe you just want to travel around the world.
Yo… your purpose could be anything that comes from your True Self.
I’m a Swagger coach + video artist + author + adventurer + dude with a monster beard.
I’m helping 10,000 Thoughtful People come alive by 2017.
This is my purpose.
It is my unique, one-of-a-kind gift for the world.
But I have only pretty recently found my purpose.
In fact… I spent a lot of sleepless nights worrying I would never find it.
I was fucking terrified I would be worthless.
I wanted my purpose to pop out of my head like a beautiful newborn baby.
I wanted my purpose to sound catchy as heck.
I wanted my purpose to make me a ton of money in an instant.
I wanted my purpose to be something no one had ever thought of.
But I was trying so hard to FIND MY PURPOSE…
I didn’t realize…
My purpose was with me all along.
Now, I can split my life into two periods…
BP and AP.
Before Purpose and After Purpose.
In Before Purpose, my life was filled with daily toil. Worry. Anxiety. Hollowness. And I was terrified, I would never find my calling.
I struggled against the struggle of life.
I felt like I was pissing my energy away on projects I didn’t care about.
I felt like I was pouring my precious Life Force into ideas I didn’t believe in.
I felt like an actor in the play of Life.
That I just had to play my part… act good… please others… and happiness, love, and dreams would come.
But I was wrong.
If you were to look at my life in my 20′s, you would thought… “Wow, what a great, nice, thoughtful guy.”
I was running a school and changing the lives of troubled kids. I had great friends. I had beautiful girlfriends. I had a nice house. I had a growing 401k. My family was proud.
I was making a difference in the world.
And if you asked me…
I would have said that I lived a ‘rewarding’ life.
But I didn’t realize another life was possible.
Or if I did… I wasn’t the kind of guy that could make that life happen.
Even though I knew there was something huge in me.
I was constantly waiting for tomorrow to be my True Self.
I was waiting for tomorrow to create the art in my heart.
I was waiting for tomorrow to speak my mind.
I was waiting for tomorrow to take action on my dreams.
Fortunately, tomorrow… became today.
Because I was hurting.
I felt so angry. So hollow. So Un-Me.
I went on a wild adventure to find my purpose.
It wasn’t always pretty.
It wasn’t always good.
It wasn’t always healthy.
But it was the Real Me.
And in a few years… I felt what I needed to do to die complete.
I knew without any doubts what I could give to the world.
And that living my purpose is more fun and rewarding…
Than any of the wild adventures I had embarked on up until this point.
After Purpose had begun.
Ahhh…. and it sure feels good.
Now my days flow with ease.
I have direction.
I work on projects I love.
I serve the world in a way that is natural and easy for me.
I feel full, alive, and joyous.
I feel like a Living God…
And I’m just getting started.
Your purpose will radically change your life.
And it is here right now.
It has always been with you.
And it will always be with you, whether you choose to harness the power of it or not.
“Yo… Benjamin… I know Gandhi ruled… and I’m diggin’ being a part of the Posse here… BUT…”
You feel different, right?
You don’t have the artistic talent… your art sucks.
You don’t have the motivation… you procrastinate like a mother.
You can’t write… your blog only has 28 followers.
You aren’t creative enough… you don’t see the value in your contributions.
You don’t have the money to start… you can barely pay your rent.
And you are living in Boringville, Ohio.
“AHHHhhh… I want my Purpose NOW!”
You want your blog to be HUGE.
You want your music to be LOVED.
You want your photographs to be SHARED.
You want your videos to be VIRAL.
You want your gifts to be APPRECIATED.
And you want your business to make you RICH.
Yo… I hear you.
I’ve been answering a lot of questions through email and I hear you now.
You are welcome here and I am devoting the next couple weeks to helping YOU find your purpose.
But you need to do me a favor…
Take a few huge breaths.
Look around at the successful elements of your life now…
The people who love you.
The unique art you have created.
The truthful post you wrote on your blog.
The experiences you have had that are special to you.
And the choices you have made in your life to bring you HERE… NOW.
Say… Ahhhhh…. for me please.
You are right where you need to be… NOW.
You are perfect as you are.
I love the ‘fucked up’ aspects of you…
And each of those can be converted into your greatest strengths…
And a story that will connect others to your cause.
Over the next couple weeks I will be teaching you all I know about purpose.
I will be posting an interview I did with Jacob of Sensophy.com, who is a Coach, author, and a video-blogging New York dude, who specifically focuses on helping people like you find Purpose.
I’m asking my rockstar friends, how they found their purpose…
And I will be sharing a handful of exercises that have helped me.
But before we do that… I need your help.
Please share your struggles with your purpose in the comments.
- What is it like for you not having your purpose?
- What do you think your purpose is?
- What questions do you have about purpose?
- How could I help you find your purpose?
Please share your Truth with our Posse below.
It will help me… help you.
It will help others… who don’t have the courage or time to share.
It will help you… by starting to share your Truth today.
Please share this article with your friends too. (I’d rather be making sweet articles, art, and videos than spamming the world with this TRUTH… please SPAM them for me ).
We need your help to reach more Thoughtful People.