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Find Your Why

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Find your why to feel fulfilled in life. Passion may get your attention, but it’s your purpose that sustains you in fulfilling your calling.

We discuss how to find your why on The BIGG Success Show today. Here’s a summary of that discussion. This show was inspired by a commencement speech by Madison Industries CEO Larry Gies, given at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Here’s a summary of what we discussed:

It’s graduation season. We love this time of year. So many young people passing into adulthood. The excitement of new beginnings. Hope for the future.

We love commencement speeches. We are often inspired and challenged by the messages delivered from the brightest minds in the world. We’ve covered commencement speeches before on The BIGG Success Show. For example:

Coke CEO Byron Dyson and the lesson of the five balls, Georgia Tech, 1991

Tom Hanks on fear and faith and success, Yale, 2011

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling on the power of imagination, Harvard, 2008

Steve Jobs on being crazy enough to change the world, Stanford, 2005

Larry Gies and George KruegerToday, we’re going to talk about the best commencement address at the best school – Larry Gies, CEO of Madison Industries, speaking to the Class of 2019 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – on how to find your why.

We’ve known Larry for about 25 years. He’s a true entrepreneur, building his $5 billion business one acquisition at a time. He treats his people like people, not drones. And he and his wife, Beth, have given away millions of dollars, including a $150 million donation to the University of Illinois – the largest in its history.

So here are our takeaways from Larry’s commencement speech, 3 lessons on how to find your why.

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The Downside of Finding Your Passion

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We discussed finding your passion on The BIGG Success Show today. Click the player to listen, or keep reading for a summary of that discussion.

This show was inspired by a study on finding your passion to be published in Psychological Science.

The research shows people are led astray by the advice to “find your passion”. It makes it harder to discover one’s passion. So you get stuck. In fact, that’s a conclusion we came to years ago here on BIGG Success.

Fortunately, there is a better way…

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The Value of Bumps in the Road

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Value the bumps in the road on your journey to BIGG Success. Listen to George & Mary-Lynn discuss this on The BIGG Success Show podcast. Click PLAY (Duration 4:25)

BIGG Success is life on your own terms. It means choosing your path, and putting up with all the bumps in the road that come along while on your journey.

If you feel like the road you’re on is getting too bumpy, take some time to listen to the other people in your life. You’ll hear them talk about their bumps too. No path is bump free.

The Bumps Others Face

[Mary-Lynn] One day I was feeling a little beat up as an entrepreneur. The work is never done, and the burden of uncertainty can be incredibly stressful. Sometimes it chips away at my confidence. Then, throughout the week, I heard other people talk about their bumps in the road. It’s not that misery loves company, it just really put things into perspective.

We heard a professional that we admire lament how she loves her job and is very good at it, but she keeps getting passed over for promotion because there seems to be a political line to the top.

A successful entrepreneur talked with us about how she’s having a very hard time getting her team motivated to take initiative.

A close friend was hired by a company to give expert advice, unfortunately he’s frustrated because they won’t implement the ideas he presented to help them grow.

Another friend has to deal with a terrible manager at work who plays head games.

The bottom line is that you set the terms, BIGG Success sets the price.

The Value of Your Bumps

The bumps in the road are part of the price. The bumps may be stress, feeling underappreciated, struggling to get others to work as hard as you, the difficulty of getting people to see it your way, or dealing with unqualified managers.

But there’s a reason why you put up with the bumps. There’s something you absolutely love about what you’re doing: the people you get to connect with, the profession, the thoughtful advice you get to offer, the pride of ownership.

When the bumps in the road are slowing you down, realize that you aren’t alone. Think about what really made you choose this path. What makes this worth it for you? What is it that you truly value about the lessons you’re learning along the way? Then tighten up your laces and continue on. It leads to BIGG Success.

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3 Differences Between Passion and Purpose

the BIGG difference between passion and purposeAre purpose and passion the same? Is it just a semantic distinction?

We think not.

Your purpose may flow from your passion or your passion may flow from your purpose. In some cases, the person finds their cause. In other cases, the cause finds the person.

So they are similar, but there are important differences between the two terms.

Passion can be selfish. Purpose can’t.

You can pursue a passion for your own pleasure. It can be purely self indulgent.

[George] I love to sing. But nobody loves to hear it!

Purpose is not selfish. It involves serving others, but it’s not servitude.

It’s feeling joyful about creating joy. It’s about adding value in the lives of others while creating value in your life. It’s win – win.

Passion can be unbridled. Purpose is focused.

Passion is boundless. You can have many passions. You can spend countless hours on them.

Purpose is singular. To fulfill a purpose requires focus. It requires you to choose. But the decision is an easy one when your purpose is compelling.

Passion is what. Purpose is why.

Passion focuses on nouns. What do you love? It’s about the objects of your desires.

Purpose is your motivation, your why. It brings in action so it focuses on verbs. Purpose completes you.

Together, passion and purpose lead to BIGG success!

Do you see any differences between passion and purpose?

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4 Rewards of Finding Your Purpose

your purpose in the maze of life | BIGG SuccessWe love Julia Cameron. We’re especially BIGG fans of her book, The Artist’s Way. And we love this quote by her:

“What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.”

We’ll share a few thoughts on this quote in the context of BIGG success.

“What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do.”

BIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about taking control to design and build the life that fits you perfectly.

Before you can design and build it, you must discover “what you really want to do” which is “what you are really meant to do.”

You must find your purpose. Your purpose is found at the intersection of your passions, your proficiencies, and your preferences.

Deep down in your soul, you know you’re here for a reason. What is it?

“When we do what we are meant to do…”

We love that Julia Cameron said “when” and not “if”. However, you have to look at the context to understand this important term.

BIGG success is about entrepreneuring your life. You may never be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense of the word.

But you are the entrepreneur of an incredible important enterprise – your life. You own your life.

Ownership starts with a decision – a decision to take full responsibility for your journey. A decision to stop accepting the status quo. A decision to live out your destiny.

“When” you do that, rewards follow. That’s the reason she said “when”. There’s an implicit assumption that you will do it.

But the decision is just the starting point. You must act.

The best decision in the world is worthless without subsequent movement. Take a step toward your dreams.

It can, and probably should, be a small step. But small steps lead to BIGG success.

The rewards

Before we get into the specific rewards, it’s important to understand that many of them may not be immediate.

However, here’s something to really understand about your journey to BIGG success:

The journey is the reward.

Almost all of the most successful people all grew immensely to reach BIGG success. Growth is one of the five elements of BIGG success along with money, time, work, and play.

Money and time are your two resources; work and play your two opportunities. Growth begins as an opportunity; if you capitalize on it, it becomes your most valuable resource.

The author of the quote lists four rewards to living your calling:

  • “Money comes”

    In the dance of life, money follows your lead. You win by picking the right dance contest.

  • “Doors open”

    You must position yourself in the right room to be by the door when opportunity knocks.

  • You “feel useful”

    At its essence, BIGG success is a sense of fulfillment given your opportunity cost. When you live your purpose, you maximize your fulfillment while minimizing your opportunity cost.

  • Work “feels like play”

    The BIGG idea behind BIGG success is synergy. When work feels like play, you know you’re in the right place. Every day, all day, is a play day.

If you aren’t sure how to find your purpose or you’ve tried unsuccessfully, maybe we can help.

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