A few years ago, it hit me like a ton of bricks, and I'm glad it did because it clarified my journey. Everything I had ever pursued was shrouded with a vague idea of why I was doing it--things like financial security, impact, influence, success, and recognition. However, those bricks had something to say about what I thought was a purposeful pursuit. Now, don't get me wrong. There is nothing erroneous about chasing your dreams and everything that comes from attaining them, as I was experiencing. However, are they bringing you a sense of fulfillment when it is all said and done?
You see, you can achieve all the success you're pursuing yet still feel like something is missing, like you've missed the true mark. Interestingly enough, you find that the success you're achieving may only be in light of what others find successful, yet you may feel differently. My business partner and mentor, who is incredibly successful in the financial services industry, once asked me why I don't just focus on increasing my success in the same industry instead of doing other things. He said, "With all your talents, you can make millions year after year." I told him I could do that, but I wouldn't be happy because I wouldn't be fulfilled. I went on to tell him that I knew I was gifted with more talents and abilities to impact and change lives in more ways than just in the financial services industry and that all of the money and success in the world would be meaningless if I never truly felt that I lived a fulfilled life. I don't think he understood, but that's okay. The journey is mine and no one else's. Seek what truly fulfills you because that's the only thing that will matter in the end.