Take a Wrong Turn to Find Your Purpose in Life

How a soccer ball led to a woman to find her purpose in life

We caught a great feature on CBS Sunday Morning a couple of weeks ago. Their story about Luma Mufleh, highlights the BIGG difference just one person can make one they discover their purpose in life.

Her story really touched us. So we want to share part of it with you today. We highly recommend that you watch the whole segment online.

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Purpose is at the intersection

We talk a lot about finding your passion here at BIGG Success. But passion is only part of the equation if you want to make it your life’s work.

You have to find a group of people with a need for it. In other words, you need to find a market in other words.

That’s where you find your purpose in life – where your passions intersect with a market.

The secret rarely shared

But there’s something we often neglect to mention. And we’re not the only ones. Most people never talk about it. So we want to share this secret that often gets overlooked:

You may not find your purpose. It may find you.

A wrong turn leads to a BIGG discovery

You may take a wrong turn and run right into it. That’s what happened with Luma.

She was on her way home from work one day when she took a wrong turn. She wound up in the parking lot of an apartment complex. She was moved by what she saw through her car window.

A group of kids were playing soccer. Well, kind of. They were using rocks for goals. They were barefoot.

Now there’s a part of the story we haven’t told you yet. As fate would have it, she was a soccer enthusiast.

She played as a kid. She participated in intramural soccer in college. She had even coached a girls’ soccer time after graduation, according to Wikipedia.

BIGG ideas start small and simple

So she had a BIGG idea. It started small and simple as they often do.

A few days later she returned with a soccer ball. The kids rushed over to her immediately. She struck a deal – they could have the ball if she could play with them.

She knew these kids looked different. She had seen kids like this in her home country, Jordan, and other places. But never in the U.S.

She came to learn that they were children of refugees. They and their families were victims of persecution in war-torn areas of the world.

Some of them had witnessed terrible brutalities, like a mom or grandma being raped. This was one of 350 such communities the U.S. government has set up for these escapees.

These kids were poor. They were having trouble fitting in.

She realized that a soccer team would help them feel like they belonged. So she used her own money to form The Fugees, the name chosen for the team. She struck a bargain for some t-shirts that served as uniforms.

But she quickly realized that soccer wasn’t enough. These kids – many of them teenagers – couldn’t read or write. Neither could their parents.

So she quit her job and started Fugees Academy. She found her purpose in life – giving these kids an education.

The vision expands

And she still has BIGG dreams. In fact, her vision has expanded.

She purchased 19 acres that were in foreclosure. She purchased the land with donations.

Now she’s raising $5 million to build the real deal – a school for kids in Grades 6 – 12. But more than that, she hopes to be a model for educating refugee kids all over the country.

She took a wrong turn to find her purpose in life. Now she’s making a BIGG difference.

You can too. Keep your eyes and ears open to find your life’s work.

Because you may run right into your purpose, even if you’ve made a wrong turn. It may just lead you to BIGG success!

You can help. Make a donation to Fugees Academy through their website.

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5 replies
  1. David Sylvester
    David Sylvester says:

    You are touching on a something I think about all the time – the basic randomness of life, and how one small event or decision can lead to an entirely different life. This is often how we meet our spouses and best friends.

    When it comes to opportunities in business, many of us are frequently blind to what we are doing, or simply focused on one goal. It benefits all of us to always think about what opportunities might lie in our daily routines as well when we take wrong turns.

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