By Piet Venter
The famous motivational coach, Napoleon Hill, said: “There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or definite goal, at which to aim. Ninety-eight out of every hundred of those whom I have analyzed had no such aim. Perhaps this was the major cause of their failure.”
A search for the origin of the goal or purpose leads us to human nature and more specific, it’s conscious and unconscious reaction to experiences and influences. These differ from person to person and are usually identified through one or more of the following lifestyles and passions:
1. Materialism. The focus is on luxury and status. Success is measured by extent and size.
2. Power. The power hunter wants to gain as much control over another person or persons as possible. Success is measured by the amount of control, but in other cases by the achievements of those you control as in the case of many managerial and supervising situations.
3. Social driven. Social acceptance from the group is the driving force behind a person’s passion and lifestyle. (A good example is teenagers with an almost insane drive to be “in”!). Social driven success is measured by a sense of worthiness or self esteem when the group envies or approves of your achievements or you did something to the benefit the group members or greater community.
4. Spiritual driven. A person’s passion is manifested in satisfying the wishes or rules of an unseen power you adore or follow. Success is measured in the strength of one’s resistance to desires and material gain or in a lifestyle that are not in accordance with the spiritual rules you obey.
5. Escapism. The passion manifests in adventure or excitement of the moment. These persons are always searching for fun, experience and the next thing that get them exited or “on the go”! Success is measured in the amount of fun, height of the experience or the number of obstacles conquered. Wiktionary describes Escapism as “An inclination to escape from routine or reality into fantasy”, while Wikipedia defines it as “mental diversion by means of entertainment or recreation, as an “escape” from the perceived unpleasant or banal aspects of daily life. It can also be used as a term to define the actions people take to help relieve persisting feelings of depression or general sadness.“
Almost 80 percent of the wealth in the United States are in the hands of just 5 percent of its population! Jason Oberender is confident that the reason for that is because the top 5 percent were clear about the purpose of their lives and had a burning desire or passion to fulfill that purpose. People are successful because they have a passion for what they love and focused on it as their main purpose in life.
Conclusion – Find something that you are passionate about and focus on it. Then you will eventually find your success in it. If you focus attention and energy on your sole purpose or passion, you will become better and eventually a big success in it!
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