What is your purpose? What value do you bring to the marketplace? What lasting contribution will you leave to your family, friends, co-workers, congregation, readers, supporters, and team members? What will be your legacy?
These are just a few questions that I have asked myself over the years. Quietly, I would respond with an, "I don't know."
Then, during an evening webinar on Ray Higdon's 3-Minute Expert program, I found my "a ha" moment.
It was when he asked me to consider my passions and interests that I recognized a burning desire for personal development. Yes, I'm aware that I buy a lot of books, attend seminars, webinars, conferences, and trainings all of the time, but I didn't understand how that passion would lead me to my purpose.
What value can I bring to the marketplace? What contribution can I offer others?
I believe the answer rests with helping others identify and achieve their goals. By striving to become my best self, I can uncover solutions to aid others in doing the same. How awesome is that?
Where does one begin? I asked.
It starts with a simple philosophy: Invest, Learn, and Teach (ILT)
What Is ILT?The concept behind Invest, Learn, and Teach is quite simple. Ray publicly outlined it in a 2014 Facebook post:
Here's the millionaire model...
1. Invest in your education
2. Take action based on what you learn
3. Teach what you learned from your education and implementation
Benefits of ILT
It's Good For You And For Those Around YouWhat resonated with me about the ILT philosophy is that it encourages individuals to work on themselves. In a world where were people question the ROI from self-help and personal development, I see it as a necessity. Thanks to Mr. Higdon, I am reminded that my growth is not only good for me, but it's also good for those around me. You never know how far your investment of time and money will travel. Consider the finite number of seeds within a single apple, it's measurable. However, can you tell me how many apples that single seed will produce over the course of it's life? Like knowing how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, "The world may never know."
It Encourages Action That Leads To ResultsArmed with information, it now becomes our responsibility to apply the knowledge in an effort to change things for the better. As we take action, we have an opportunity to put those new ideas to the test. What worked? What did not? What would you do differently? What would you keep? What kind of results did you experience? What are you willing to pass on to others?
It Promotes You As A Valuable Resource And AuthorityBased on your understanding of the material and personal experience, you can now package those lessons into something that brings value to others. Consider the time you can save people by sifting through tons of information and offering it to those interested parties in need of what you now possess. Isn't that exciting? While you learn, you get to help others improve their lives, too,
In the quest to uncover my purpose, I have found a model for bringing value to me as well as those around me. In the words of Zig Ziglar, "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want."
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