“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”
We each look for purpose in what we do. We have to know the purpose in order to do something well.
During World War II, many women and men who could not serve overseas went to work in very mundane factories to produce widgets to help the war.
The US Government spent large amounts of resources to push out propaganda to keep everyone’s eye on the ball and to build patriotism – to lull citizens into working very menial jobs they otherwise would not have considered. But it was “for the greater good,” so people consented. But as soon as the war was over, most moved on to more personally purposeful work.
“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty” ~ Suzuki
If your purpose in work is just to “make money” – your attitude and feelings of success are going to be pretty volatile. When the money is good, you are going to feel great. When the money is bad – well, you are going to feel a lot of rejection and failure.
Great leaders inspire purpose.
“World Class Service.”
“Best ______ Company In the World.”
“We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?” ~ Steve Jobs
Anthony Robbins in several of his motivational programs spends considerable time on purpose. It is the foundation to great achievements. He talks about creating a Massive Action Plan (MAP) and teases the intellect by asking the question, if you had to raise a million dollars to save the life of your mother, spouse, child, “could you do it?”
If you have a strong foundation of values, it is likely considerable more motivation to raise money to save a life than to just have money for money’s sake.
Does your week have a purpose? If not, you will probably end up at the same point next Monday.
Tell your week what to do. Give every day and hour a purpose. Some may be out of your control – for now – like conference calls, meetings, etc. But even during those, approach them with what you want to get out of them and your time spent will be a lot more rewarding.
Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.~Thomas A. Edison
- Purpose: How Truly Great Leaders Measure Their Companies (fastcompany.com)
- Ability: Ease Comes With Training (learnactshare.com)