George Bernard Shaw is one of my very favorite playwrights. I always enjoy a production of one of his plays. I quoted him in a recent article and I’d like to quote him again. He makes such a great point about how important a personal clarity of purpose and direction is to your career and life success.
“This is the true joy in life; being used for a purpose recognized by you as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”
He’s talking about two things here: accomplishing a lot — being a “force of nature,” and more important, having a mighty purpose to direct that force. Your clarity of purpose and direction provides your foundation. From it, you can build the successful life and career that you want and deserve. The more clear and the more mighty your purpose and direction are, the stronger your foundation.
I’m a sixties guy. After all these years, my favorite recording artist is still Bob Dylan. My favorite Dylan song is “Forever Young.” He rerecorded and re-released it recently. Pepsi has picked it up and is using it in its ads that run on NFL games. I used one of the lines from it to introduce one of my books — “May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung.”
Check out some of the other lyrics…
“May your hands always be busy,
May your feet always be swift,
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift.”
By now you may be saying, “Get to the point, Bud.” So I will. You can begin your success journey by clarifying your purpose in life. Why are you on this earth? What are you meant to do? I believe that the more mighty this purpose, the more you are likely to succeed. A mighty purpose gives you that strong foundation “when the winds of changes shift.