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Tip Of The Day #75 - Purpose, Potential, Significance

Barbara Steckly

Barbara Steckly

Success - Purpose, Potential, Significance

Mark Twain claimed that, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why."

We’ve all been through the first one. Leadership guru, John Maxwell claims that highly successful people are the ones who have figured out the second.

According to Maxwell, our purpose in life ensures our stability, and there are two paths we can take to help discover what it is.

The first is passion. What are you passionate about? What do you live for? What would you die for?

The second is focusing not on strengthening your weaknesses, but on maximizing your strengths. What do you do really well? What are your gifts, your talents? What is that uniqueness that really sets you apart?

But “success” is more than discovering your purpose in life. It’s about continual learning, growing in that unique area that’s all yours, so, ultimately, you reach your maximum potential.

It’s about committing to the knowledge that “today” matters, and what you do today is vital to moving you closer to your goals. 

People who are highly successful love the journey as much as the destination. And even though they might not have yet arrived, they remain encouraged.

In the words of Maxwell, “Highly successful people know their purpose in life, grow to their maximum potential and sow seeds that benefit others. They don’t live for themselves. They’re a river, not a reservoir. They understand what significance is. Significance is adding value to others.

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