Long Term Success Comes From Serving Others
The most famous, highly functioning people throughout history had one thing in common – they were passionate about their work. This kind of drive comes from a place outside one’s self. It comes from a need to serve others.
Living life as if you were on a mission is the most direct and thorough route to true wealth.
Just as money is neither good nor bad without the context in which it is viewed, your life won’t have meaning unless a context is clearly set. Not-for profits, restaurant chains, and businesses of all sorts often have their mission statement posted where anyone can read it.
Do you know what your mission is?
If you are not sure, don’t worry, everyone has a mission. But it often gets buried early on by fears, doubts, expectations of others and a need for approval. If you enjoy your career but aren’t sure if it’s your mission, take a look at what you find yourself doing in your free time, whether you are paid for it or not.
Your mission will be the one thing you have a burning desire to do.
Like an internal compass, it will point you towards the right direction.
Mission Driven beings are not content to just be good at something. They must use their talents in service of others. This context moves them to learn more about what they do, eventually propelling them to the highest levels of achievement in their given field.
It doesn’t matter if they are dentists, sales people or teachers,
creating value for others is their ultimate goal.
Andrew Rosenbaum writes in his book, The Wealth Swing Coach, “If you study the great value-producers throughout history, you’ll see that the only true wealth producing assets in this world are:
3. Labor (or the work you are passionate about doing).”
In doing the work you enjoy with an aim of service to others, you will gain both wisdom and prosperity. Because these three qualities combine to provide enormous value to other people, they can’t help but bring more dollars to your bank account. But here’s the catch:
As a Mission Driven being, you must learn to practice the art of non-attachment.
In other words, your happiness on any give day – and this includes your self-esteem, your mood, your cheerfulness – mut not be attached to getting what you want. If it were easy, more of us would be doing it! But it is possible, and I hope the following tips will be of some help.
1. Replace Goals with Preferences
When operating from the lower modes of fear, desire, and pride, goals were necessary to get you from point A to B. But once you get there, and you begin setting goals higher and higher . . . you begin not reaching them. This can become debilitating unless you make this important shift to get to the next level. Replace goals with preferences and discipline your focus on what you can control.
2. Control the Controllables
As best as you can in all situations, learn to recognize what you can and cannot control. With the energy you save by not stressing over the traffic, weather conditions, or a canceled appointment, you can give greater service to others and work to create favorable conditions.
3. Create Favorable Conditions
When you want something too much, it has the opposite effect you intend. Consider the husband so attached to his wife, he becomes jealous and ends up pushing her away. Or the salesperson who has commission breath, or the anxious athlete who freezes under pressure. Take that energy of caring and use it to a better good – create favorable conditions. Buy your wife flowers, learn everything you can about the product you are selling, train a half-hour longer.
These are the things that you can do. Enjoy yourself doing them, and your fulfillment will arrive well before your paycheck, the promotion, or the national-championship.
Got a mission or know somebody who does? I’d love to hear about it! Send me your story and it could be featured in one of our RichLife story spotlights.