LeBron James, a name that I assume is familiar to you, is a prime example of a man living with purpose. As a child, LeBron faced extreme limitations. Everyday was a battle for food, housing & basic human needs. Yet, through all the hardship, LeBron James now stands as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
How did he do it? How could a malnourished kid from the hood do what so many of us only talk about?
LeBron is living on purpose. Most of us are not living on purpose, we spend our days going through the motions of life. Weighed down by the expectations of others & restricted by an entitled ego. We buy a fancy car in order to look cool during the 15 min commute to a job that helps pay off the mortgage, on a house we hardly use.
Why do we do this?
Our ego’s love security. The type of security we get from a salary, or the security we get from being judged as ‘well off’ or viewed as ‘happy.’ The greatest things in life do not come from secure places & they most definitely are not fuelled by the ego.
You might consider asking yourself this question: “Why do I do what I do?” You clicked on this blog because some part of you is feeling lost, so ask yourself, “Who am I?” If you look into your life, as if you are a child looking through a window, what do you see? Do you see someone who lives each day with purpose? Or, do you see someone who lives passionately with no clear direction?
A person who lives life with extreme highs & dramatic lows… Is that you?
Those who manage to answer these questions, tend to live humble but purposeful lives. People who are able to live on purpose achieve great things in their chosen field.
Once you commit to purposeful work over your bullshit ego, where do you start? What is step one? LeBron focused on what he could control, improving his skill level. LeBron worked hard on the basics & over many years he mastered his craft. He was picked by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003, the number one overall draft pick!
Once James cemented himself as a key player in the NBA, he began putting in the work necessary to bring the ‘Cavs’ their first NBA championship title. He worked purposefully, always with the long game in mind. It involved several years playing in a rival franchise, a move that gave LeBron the support & belief necessary to win a title. The rest is history.
All this from a malnourished kid in the hood.
LeBron James is just one example, many successful athletes have achieve incredible feats. These people combined clarity, discipline & patience in their ascent to mastery. They understood their purpose & truly loved what they did.
True confidence will only come from putting in the time & investing yourself in the necessary work. Mastery can only be achieved by those willing to stay the course of a humble student. ‘So why can’t I be passionate?’
Important work is often blinded by passion. Staying your course requires a clear head & deliberate action, blind emotion will only lead you toward delusions of the ego.
Have you ever been in a room with someone who is immensely passionate? They will tell you about all their grand plans, business ideas & lofty goals, but when questioned about their progress they struggle to show any real evidence. I should know, I was one of those people.
Between the age of 21 & 28 I talked more shit than a prime time radio host. All my grand business ideas, all my huge travel plans & how I was going to be a millionaire. HAH! I might be a millionaire if you exchange my dollars for Indonesian Rupiah.
It is ok to be passionate about what you do, just be disciplined & stay guided by your purpose. In the words of Ryan Holiday, “Execute with excellence. Remain humble; know that you always have more to learn: The critical work that you want to do will require your deliberation and consideration. Leave passion for the amateurs. Make it about what you feel you must do and say, not what you care about and wish to be.”
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LeBron James is an example, his path is his own. You must now decide what your own path is, remember those questions; "Why do I do what I do?” “Who am I?” “Am I living with Purpose?”
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