We challenge you, in this eight-day series, to get in the driver’s seat of your life so that you can direct it where you want to go. Based on The 8 Cylinders of Success,™ this series will help you discover ways to align those cylinders and thus create the most powerful vehicle possible from your life. The more cylinders you are able to align, the more powerful your personal movement.
DAY FOUR: People = Your Motor
People are the driving force behind our lives and work in the same way that a motor moves a vehicle. Seeing and being part of the positive movement in other people’s lives is what motivates us. The vehicles of our lives should help people get to where they want to go faster, safer, and easier. Together, we make up a mass transportation system that moves the world forward. Traffic in one area of humanity affects all humanity, but it can be mitigated if we coordinate and carpool through life and help each other. Unfortunately, most people drive through life alone. Most cars are four-seaters, yet they only transport one person a majority of the time. Imagine if everyone just committed their entire life to helping four people succeed.
Similar to a taxi cab, people step into our lives, tell us where they are trying to go, and we do our best to help them get there as safely and quickly as possible. We use our GPS—our purpose—to help them navigate areas of life that they are unfamiliar with. One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is the opportunity to help. When people are given the opportunity to serve, they feel valuable. Therefore, one of the greatest gifts someone can give you is the opportunity to serve them with your greatest gifts.
Your economic engine depends on knowing who you serve and how. The way it is designed, it will only work if you are working for people. Each of us should have stories to tell of people’s lives we’ve change in the same way that we can tell stories of people who have changed our lives. Ask yourself: “Who do I want to create value for?” “Who is in my carpool?” “How many seats do I have?” “Where can I take people?” Identifying who values your gifts and allows you to use them freely will result in an infinite amount of motivation so that your economic and physical engines never burn out.
Activity: In one sentence, answer the question, “Given my experiences and expertise, where can I take people in life?”
Example: I can help talented people move from being underemployed, unfulfilled and hating their jobs to find work they find meaningful, engaging and are passionate about.
Jullien “Purpose Finder” Gordon is founder of The Department of Motivated Vehicles, a personal and professional development company that specializes in motivating individuals, employees and teams. In addition to The 8 Cylinders of Success featured in this series, he has written four books on career advancement, goal-setting and procrastination, and maximizing college. He serves as consultant and speaker to companies, colleges and other organizations across the nation.