When lack of clarity and purpose is present, all decisions and actions degrade to the lowest common denominator. Which is money.
We’ve been conditioned in our society to pursue money versus meaning. As a result, I believe we’ve lost our way.
A recent Gallup Poll found that 71% of the people surveyed are uninspired, disengaged and unhappy with their job. This is a major problem.
Life is too short to not be doing something that you love. Likewise too short to not be doing something that’s meaningful. Don’t you agree?
Now I fully realize that you must have a certain level of security to even consider issues of higher purpose. If you remember your college psychology, this initial security is Abraham Maslow 101. Even Gandhi stated, “You cannot talk to a man about God whose stomach hungers for bread.”
With that acknowledged, there’s a vast chasm between what we truly need for our comfort and what we want for our own self-gratification. Now there’s something to ponder long and hard.
You need transportation.
You want a Mercedes.
You need food and shelter.
You want a large house, lobster and a pool.
You need clothing.
You want Armani and Ferragamo.
Now don’t get me wrong, I like the finer things of life as well. But after having them fully and completely, you may just develop the wisdom and realization that they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
If you’re worried and fearful when you have no money, you’ll be ten times more worried and fearful when you do.
The bottom line is that the more things you have, the more things you have to lose. The fear of loss is greater when there’s more to lose.
One of the five major human fears is the fear of loss. The more things you have, the more things you have to lose.
Take it from a guy who’s had a lot and lost a lot, the less things you have the more freedom you have.
But then again, I realize you probably won’t listen to me because materialistic programming runs deep. So you’ll just have to experience it for yourself.
Let’s go back to the meaning which money and materialism will never bring.
While meaning and money can coexist in the same space,
money will never bring meaning.
The problem we all face is a problem of deep social programming. Unfortunately the way we’re currently training our children is teeing them up to be card carrying members of the 71% club.
The masses are going after something so they can earn money. Not necessarily because it’s meaningful.
A recent issue of US News, Money and Careers listed the Top Jobs in 2020. It probably comes as no surprise to you they were Math, Science, and Computers.
I wonder how many people are looking at these statistics to choose their career versus listening to what moves their spirit and soul?
The same issue of US News, Money and Careers listed “counseling” among the top 20 careers for 2020.
I wonder if there’s a correlation.
What do you think?
If you go after something only because you think you’ll make money, there will be no heart, soul, spirit or creativity born within it.
If you’re doing something primarily for money, and without any real emotional commitment, it will translate into something that has no soul and no real connection to you.
If you go after your work with half a heart, it will show in the lackluster results and the way in which you produce.
These are not just my ideas.
Let’s go back to Gallup.
Another recent poll was conducted with over 50,000 teams, consisting of over 1.4 million people. It concluded that individuals and teams who use their own unique strengths each day, what I call your unique genius, are:
- 38% more productive
- Have a 50% higher retention rate of team members; and
- 44% higher in customer satisfaction!
The companies which helped people access their own meaning; while not necessarily paying more money, were more:
- The team members stayed longer
- They had less accidents
- And they were less likely to sue even if they did have an accident!
Making meaning your primary focus brings the greatest probability for ultimate performance as well as money.
Are you thinking?
There are profound implications here both for your own personal life as well as for your company and team if you’re an entrepreneur.
If money is your main focus you’re lost; and your results will out picture your inner emptiness.
If you’re heart and soul aren’t in it you’ll produce lackluster results.
As I’ve suggest previously, we must begin to collectively forget careers and find our unique calling. (reference Forget Career Find Your Calling)
Now I know this may seem Pollyanna to some, but I refer you back to the numbers quoted above.
It really can’t be argued.
What I’m not suggesting is that you don’t have a career. Rather I am suggesting that you find your unique genius and purpose, work to develop that gift and genius to Ultimate Performance; and then build your business or find a way to make a living from that center.
Unless you’re highly unusual you’ve not done this. Why? Because you’ve never been encouraged to do it.
There’s nearly a 3 out of 4 chance you’re in the 71% Club as a result of your social programming.
The time is now!
If math, science and computers are your passion and purpose, then go to traditional school and knock yourself out.
If they’re not, and you just follow the job market and money, you’ll most probably end up in the 71% Club; and going to the counselor…
Or, I guess you can become one.
Stay Awake, Love Life and Be Epic!