On Finding Your “Why”

In a quote attributed to Mark Twain, we read the words: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” John Maxwell in his book, The Power of Significance, writes: “Once you find your why, you will be able to find your way. Why is your purpose. Way is your path.” He suggests that great leaders all want the same thing in life: “We want our life stories to be of significance. We want to find our purpose – our individual way of making the world a better place – and to live life to its fullest.

Purpose gives the lives of great leaders meaning and direction – the joy of waking up each morning with an exciting positivity and joy that today is filled with incredible opportunities to change the world, explore new possibilities and serve others in their journey of finding their own purpose and path. It creates and drives a life of action, an intentionality as Maxwell calls it, exuding a confidence that attracts and inspires people by its positivity and the results it reaps. Its effect is compounding, touching every facet of the great leaders life – mental, physical, spiritual and emotional – as a full alignment of these further strengthens, broadens and deepens a commitment to that purpose.

Pablo Picasso tells us: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” May you live your life on purpose… with great passion, exuberance, joy, love and selfless giving. May you remind yourself each morning of your purpose that it may guide your every thought, word and action. In this, you will see your gift multiplied beyond your wildest dreams.

Remember always the counsel to John Wesley, English cleric and theologian: “Do all the good that you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the time you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” Truly, with purpose, life is worth living.

Have a beautiful day, a relaxing and enjoyable Labor Day weekend and a magnificent week!!!

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2 Responses to On Finding Your “Why”

  1. Jen Miller says:


    Your weekly TML posts always inspire and this latest one rises to the top of the Motivational Mountain. Thank you for reminding us that purpose trumps all and serves as our guiding beacon along our paths. Without purpose and meaning, without direction to reach that purpose, what are we put on Earth to do … just make money? where does the money go without a purpose? Finding our purpose in life implies that we have found a way to make an impact in our lives and for others. It implies that we have power to change lives.

    Thanks for the weekly reminder, Mike.


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