When activities and outcomes are better, the money is sure to follow.
It took me a while to really understand this concept. The way we react to celebrities and sports stars makes it pretty hard to “live simple.” We see what they have, what they drive and where they live, and because we aspire to be like them we can’t help but want to have what they have. If we are going to get it, we will definitely need to make money.
We make the mistake of trying to make a lot of money first and focus on the purpose later. If you look at people who have really made a lot of money, they did it differently. They stuck with their purpose, stayed focused, and the money followed.
A perfect example of this is Steve Jobs with Apple. He single-handedly revolutionized the world with his creative inventions and innovative designs. And if you look at his history you will see he did not set out to make millions first, but rather he wanted to be on the front end of design and technology. It was that purpose that drove him day after day to do more. It was his intense burning desire to be the leader of innovation that had him take the chances he did to get to where he landed. If he had focused primarily on money, the first sign of losing money or his first opportunity to gain a decent amount in a merger would have prevented him from the successful course he in fact took.
Look at Mark Zuckerberg as another example. He changed the way we talk to people all over the world. His creation of Facebook didn’t start out as a plan to make millions and even billions of dollars. Everything stemmed from a purpose that he had. The countless hours of design and even more hours of learning would have ended way before a million dollars if that was all that was driving him. He stayed the course with his purpose and even today is constantly working on improving Facebook. For him it goes beyond the money.
These are just two examples, but if you take most of the people in the world who are making money, they are in alignment with their purposes in life. Their work is something that has so much meaning to them that if you took the money away they would still be doing the task. When you do things really well, people gravitate to you. Money is no different. Do your job well, and watch the money gravitate towards you.
Next topic covers priorities. How can we create our purpose without locking in our priorities?
Until Next Time