We have been talking to a lot of people through our conversations about the idea of living for something greater. The questions we often get is about what exactly that means. We believe that all people are meant to discover and utilize their passions and talents to make positive change, but we’ve learned what is most important is not what we accomplish, but who we’re becoming in the process. We can only become the people we are meant to be when we live for something greater than just ourselves. We can have a whole conversation that lasts for days about what we can to do become people who make a true impact, but here it is in a nutshell.
1. Finding Meaning Through Self-Discovery
When I was 14 years old, my parents called me down to the basement to ask me one question: “Who do you want to live with? Mom or dad?” As I saw the tears in my mothers eyes and the stress on my fathers face, I witnessed my parents’ marriage dissolving after many years of arguing about one main thing: Money.
After that happened, I spent the next 10 years of my life pursuing money. I thought that having a lot of it will prevent me from any further broken relationships and suffering in my life. I was always working at least three jobs. Any free time I had I used it to work because I thought money will be what brings my life more meaning. However, it only ended up with me having some cash to spare with an empty heart. I’ve never felt more depressed and unfulfilled in my life.
It wasn’t until I got help from those who love me that I was able to dig real deep inside my heart and started addressing and acknowledging all the junk inside and find true healing. I realized I was equating having money to having healthy fulfilling relationships. It’s hard, but self-discovery is the most important thing because it’s not until I had an honest conversation with myself about why I’m doing what I’m doing and what’s motivating me to obtain certain accomplishments I was able to find a sense of purpose in my life.
The mentality where you think once you make a certain accomplishment, it will bring you fulfillment in life is backwards. It is a dangerous illusion to think that if you obtain a certain achievement or reach a certain level of “success”, you will find a deep sense of meaning in your life. Finding meaning in your life needs to take place first, then it leads to creating beautiful things through your work as a result.
Start having a lot of honest conversations with yourself. Take a moment to go beyond any pride and admit that you are not perfect, but also tell yourself that it’s ok. Take one thing at a time and make it a priority to build your character together with others that can help and you will begin to become stronger as an individual and have the ability to make positive impact to the world around you.
2. Empathy and Understanding of Others
There’s a saying, “Hell is full of people with good intentions”. It goes to show there are many times we do something we think is helpful, but in reality it’s actually hurtful. This is why it is so important to strive to have empathy and a deeper understanding in everything we do.
In order for any good to come out in this world, we’ll need one important element: People. We can create the most cutting edge technology, feed the homeless, or build schools in third world countries, but at the end of the day, it will all be pointless unless the heart of these actions come from a place of love for others. People will be the best and worst thing about anything, but it won’t be until we continue to learn from and understand each other that we will be able to build each other up and bring out each other’s amazing character.
Make an extra effort to understand each other before anything. Ask each other deeper and important questions rather than making assumptions on your own.
3. Contributing and Giving Back
John Krakuer wrote “Happiness is only real when shared”. This is so evident especially when you hear stories about people who are wealthy and have any material thing they can ever want, but end up committing suicide because they are still lonely and unhappy. Everything good in life is meant to be shared.
I believe that we are all ordinary people capable of doing extraordinary things. What I’ve learned however, is that doing the extraordinary is no easy task. Much courage is necessary in order to step out of my own comfort zone and step into something greater than I can ever imagine. This is where the essence of Living For Something Greater lies. We step into a space where the future is uncertain, imminent failures will come, and scary risks will be taken, but together with others, we can make an essential impact to change the world for the better.
Every individual has something to contribute. The hard part is figuring out what that is. The truth is, we’ll never figure it out until we actually do something about it. So do something each day that challenges you to push your limits and become better. If you find yourself feeling a fear of failure, just do it anyway and learn from it. As you get better, try to find creative ways to use your skills and talents to help others become better as well.
Thanks for reading! Continue being awesome.