Have purpose or sell your soul.
Ever wonder why some people are able to flourish while others flounder? Why some businesses are able to positively engrave their name into society while others vanish?
I can’t tell you every reason some are able to thrive given the many hidden variables, but I can tell you a few common characteristics I’ve observed that’ll significantly sway the odds in your favor.
I do warn you though that the four following ingredients mixed together can ignite a magical potion—a competitive advantage if you will—that can accelerate success in this world on any level. So, if implemented, please prepare yourself for the flight of your life.
Any entity that embodies these ingredients, as I like to say, has—the Soul Factor—which gives them the ability to fly wherever their heart desires.
The Soul Factor Ingredients.
1. They’re idealistic.
They experience the world as they want to see it.
Do you think Richard Branson, Yvon Chouinard, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Justin Timberlake, the Dalai Lama, Aaron Rogers (I’m from Wisconsin), Laird Hamilton, Tim Ferriss, Jim Carrey, and Jessica Goldman (she’s my sister) think about life the same way as most people? Nope and it’s why they’re able to thrive. They stand for something significant and they’re not going to let other peoples selfish judgements stop them from letting the world know what it is. They see life through their own lens and they’re going to do everything in their control to live the life they envision.
Having your own ideals about life on this planet gives you the X-ray vision needed to see through walls others can’t. As long as you keep an open mind about improving them, and are brave enough to act on them, you’re way more likely to go through life living the one you want vs. someone else’s.
They’re this way because they’re leaving it up to choice and not chance—and you can do the same.
2. They’re virtuous.
Their values depict their true focus, exploration, and actions.
Your values come from many places—your childhood, your support group, your family, your experiences, your peers, your DNA, and even your environment—just to name a few. Those who possess significantly impactful and authentic values, such as compassion, altruism, humor, candor, intelligence, fortitude, ambition, and positivity, are able to attract the right people to join their mission because all of these values have one thing in common—they’re contagious. They’re values people want to be around and they’ll eventually help lead anyone to the creation of meaningful things—whether it be their own business or their contributions within one.
3. They’re positively energized.
Their positive energy gives them the ability to soar.
Entities that are realistically optimistic energize everything they touch. This is likely the most contagious ingredient of them all and is a vital piece in creating anything worthwhile on this planet.
This energy gives them the ability to fly through the tough times. It gives them the perseverance needed to keep going when times are telling them to give up. And it ultimately reinforces the notion that they’ll come out of any life experience—stronger—faster—and smarter.
People and organizations that authentically embody the utmost positivite energy will help lift the happiness of the world, and are likely to find fulfillment wherever they decide to explore.
4. They’re craftsmen.
They constantly work on improving their craft and it eventually ignites an opportunity to share it with the world.
Whatever it is that they do, they put in endless amounts of deliberate practice that contributes to the mastery of their craft. As that craft continues to get bended, twisted, and shaped—skills are improved, knowledge is consumed—and it can lead to the inception of something so unique that it can’t be replicated.
Craftsmen are artists constantly pursuing perfection knowing that they’ll never get there. But, yet, they push on. It’s this kind of competitor that figures out how to create something of value out of nothing.
Entities that embody the Soul Factor live on forever.
When a person possesses the ingredients listed above, you’ll know it when you meet them. You’ll know it when the room is leaning a little differently that day.
They’re the ones you can’t get enough of. They’re the ones that energize a room simply by being in it. They’re the ones who inspire others because they’re enthusiastically passionate about their life and the life of others. They’re the ones who often put others before themselves. They’re the ones out to make the most of the life they were given. They’re the ones who are making the world around them a better place. They’re the ones built with purpose and passion; and because of these reasons, they’ll be remembered long after they’re gone.
Want more soul in your life?
Here are few questions and exercises that can help! Upon completing them you’ll get closer to having a personal mission, vision, and key pillars that’ll help you navigate the open oceans—in life and business.
Why are you on this planet?
What really matters to you in life?
What do you believe in? Why do you believe in these things?
What personal values do you possess? How are you working to improve the ones that matter? Why do they matter?
How do you tend to view the outcomes of things? If you’re leaning towards the negative end of the spectrum, it doesn’t have to be that way. Positivity is learned and practiced.
How are you helping others?
After your time is up on this earth, what do you want to be remembered for?
How are you acting on the things that matter to you most?
Fill in the blanks to these statements (thanks for inspiring these Ty!):
[Your name] believes the world would be better if [fill in the blank] (keep it to one central thought).
[Your name] is on a mission to [fill in the blank] (use answer from above) because I believe [fill in the blank]. I’m going to make this happen by [fill in the blank], [fill in the blank], and [fill in the blank].
If my time on earth was up tomorrow, I’d want to be remembered for [fill in the blank].
In 20 years (if I’m still here) I want to be [fill in the blank] (think destination—where do you or your business want to go).
Give these some thought and you’re already on your way to a more thoughtful, soulful life. Want this exercise in document format? Download it by clicking here.
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