I am in Bangor, Maine today about to keynote a leadership event for my client Maine Veteran’s Homes. Prior to traveling to Bangor a friend of mine casually asked, “Don’t you wish you didn’t have to go there and you could still get the money?” He offered, “you should figure out a way to give the talk virtually…then you wouldn’t have to travel.”
I didn’t hesitate in responding that I wouldn’t want to give the talk virtually. I want to go somewhere different. Meet someone new. I want to share, listen and learn with extraordinary leaders. I want to understand their challenges. I want to hear the stories. I want to connect them to my ideas. I want to help them navigate change. I want to have a full, rich, meaningful experience that has a lasting impact. That is my purpose.
I want to do the work.
It is a question I am also reminded to ask myself.
What do I want to be doing?
The answer to those questions inform action.
Money is a reason.
Meaning is a reason. A very good reason.
The intersection of purpose and the paycheck are a precious gift. It is the place where people are in the best position to maximize their full potential.
It is easier to contribute and succeed when you really want to do the work. When it matters.
What do you want to be doing? Why?
We’ll have some fun exploring those important questions today.