Have you ever questioned what you’re doing, or wondered what
you “should” be doing to make a living and make a difference?
The other day I was listening to one of the founders of the
company I’m partnered with talking about how when he grew up,
people would say, “Do what you love.”
Probably something you’ve heard before and thought about, too,
just like me.
He said that phrase was confusing for him, though, because he
loved to play basketball and he loved to ski, but he wasn’t
sure how he could make money doing those things.
It was later on in life that he discovered that the key for
him was to find something to do that was in alignment with his
values. From there he could derive passion and purpose.
So as I reflect on my journey into network marketing – from
electrical engineering to medicine, and now to developing an
international business team from the comfort of our home in a
resort town in Michigan, I remember a vivid & key moment for
me about eight years ago. I was standing in our first home at
the edge of our small kitchen facing the end of our living-room
couch, and found myself asking God to enlarge my heart for people.
I don’t remember what pre-ceded that moment, but I distinctly remember that moment. Perhaps you’ve had moments like that which still stick in your memory today.
It was shortly after that that I was introduced to the business team that would transform both mine and my family’s life.
And as I’m sitting here on the roof of Joe’s overlooking the harbor (that’s where I was when I recorded a quick message to myself with these tho’ts), one of the things that stands out to me is the answer to this question:
What are the values that have brought me here to network marketing?
And I realize that the core value that’s brought me here is the desire, and the purpose, and the passion to empower people.
That’s one of the things I love about network marketing – much like what was at the heart of what I did as a physician – the opportunity to work with people to improve their lives.
What drove me here was a desire for freedom and flexibility to be with my family, and what’s kept me here is the opportunity to work with people to change their lives – people whom I might otherwise never have known.
Oh, and my wife’s leaning over to say in my ear, “I love our life” as I’m listening to the soundtrack of Prince Caspian and typing this doesn’t hurt either…as well as the whole world of learning and growth that has opened up to us and our children through the doorway of entrepreneurship.
But it wasn’t always this way – there’s definitely been a journey and a process…and having a core vision and values – even ones that have developed, been tested, and become more clear along the way have been key.
So here’s a question for you – what are your core values?
What’s important to you?
And how can you connect what you’re doing daily to what’s important to you?
Look forward to hearing your own thoughts in the comments below, and in the meantime, here’s a video shared with me by my 13yo daughter – and choreographed by a very gifted young choreopgrapher in the Chicago area. Both the song and the dance communicate a simple yet radiant joy and spirit that I think you’ll appreciate as well.