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Chapter 46

How Can You Leave Your Mark In The World?

Today's Empowering Quote

(Crying) "I need to try to be successful in business so I can take care of 700 families.  I put my home phone number on our web site & I have women calling saying they don't know how they'll pay the mortgage. They don't know what they're going to do.  I think the remaining staff is pulling together with the view that we want to make things happen for them. We need to find a way to take care of them.  And I think it's going to be a different kind of drive than I've ever had before.  It's not about my family.  I can kiss my kids tonight.  But other people don't get to kiss their kids tonight. And I just have to help them... There's only one reason to be in business, and that's to help 700 families."
-Howard Lutkin (CEO-Cantor Fitzgerald, NYC)

Today's Empowering Question

"What is my mission and purpose in life? Why am I here?"

Today's Fast Session

So many people go through their lives without discovering it. Most don't really look for it.  I'm talking about purpose.

Now don't get me wrong.  I don't have any idea what "the" meaning of life is.  But each of us has been given the unbelievable gift of being able to define our own...individually.

Howard Lutkin, whose 1,000 employee company was decimated by the attack on the World Trade Center, lived with true purpose before the attacks. He created a company where around 50 trillion dollars a year flowed through. Yes, I said trillion.  The wives of a few employees called him to say that, if their husbands had to die, they're glad it was while they worked for him, because they loved going to work every day. And they loved working for him.

As he said in today's quote, he now has a different kind of drive. He loves his people.  They're like his family.  And he feels a strong responsibility towards the families of his fallen employees.

Like the fictional character George Bailey in the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," Howard Lutkin inspires me to keep even more firmly in my sight my purpose and mission in this life.

And I share his tragic loss with you so that you can get a sense of what it's like to live for something much bigger than yourself. Unfortunately for Howard, he may never get over the feeling of responsibility he voiced over those tragic deaths.

But for you, before you take on a mission that is solely guilt ridden, do what you have to do (and I'll try to help) to find your purpose. Find something to spend your days or nights doing that will make a difference to someone.  Something you love to do.

You don't have to run a multi-national company.  You don't need to be the boss.  If you're a teacher, for example, learn everything you can about teaching so that kids learn.  Find the passion again. Whatever your profession is, look for reasons to excel.  Stop hiding.  Take risks.

Make some dust in the world. Let other people know you've been there. Stop worrying about what others think.  Instead, make them want to join you.  Take a break from the daily TV routine.  Make some news yourself.  Help someone...even if it's only with their homework.  And do it regularly.

Missions aren't usually accomplished in a couple hours a month.

Isn't the one shot you've got on this earth worth a little more effort than the minimum required?

I'm hoping you'll say yes.

I get emails from all over the world with stories about how the anxiety and depression people have suffered with for years were reduced and literally evaporated when their lives took on a greater meaning to them... when their focus changed from their own problems (or perceived problems) to something bigger than themselves.

When their whole focus shifted from the inside to the outside, everything changed... everything.

Look inside. Pay attention to your every thought.

If you notice yourself thinking the Why me - Why them - This will never work - I hate ____ type thoughts all the time, then you're problem focused. If so, I'll bet you any amount of money that you experience a great deal of anxiety and fear in your everyday life.

Our world is far from being perfect. Hoping for it to be is completely fruitless and a waste of time.

We can only accept what is and do our best to live in it and, with the right amount of passion and drive, to help make a positive difference to others.

Right now, the world needs a lot more people working to make it more fun, safer, friendlier, more productive, cleaner, and more educated.  Oh, yeah.  I almost forgot...

We need a lot more love. Love makes all these things easy.

Today's Winning Beliefs

-- I can make a positive difference in the world and I am
-- Every little bit helps and I'm willing to give my little bit
-- I'm focusing on the solutions to problems
-- I've replaced helplessness with asking, "What can I do?"

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