This page is all about my story and I promise I’ll get to it, because I think it’s important to explain where I’ve come from in order for you to understand where I’m heading…But first, though, let me say thanks for visiting A Purpose Driven Life and I hope you enjoy and benefit from the advice and stories I share that will hopefully help you to Live with Purpose and Live Fulfilled too!
So now for my story…
Being a dreamer, I always knew I would one day be an entrepreneur. I just never seemed to want to go with the flow…go to college, get a job, get married, have kids, retire, grow old.
That cycle lacked something for me on many levels, and I could never quite put my finger on it….I remember when I was in High School and we had to decide what college to apply to and what program to choose – nothing appealed to me. I decided to live a life of adventure and joined the Army.
Drifting Through Life Unfulfilled
During my 14-year career as an officer, I discovered that what motivated me the most was the opportunity to make positive change, to do something good – I was driven by the desire to go on peacekeeping and humanitarian aid missions and I just kept on plugging away year after year in hope of having the opportunity to do just that.
Following my stint in the Army, I held several management positions in the private and public sectors and I specialized in Operations Management and Process Improvement. I came to realize that I and most people had the same problems, regardless of where they work or what they did. This problem affected both their professional and private lives – it was simply a lack of time. I’ll come back to this realization in a minute.
Unhappy With Myself
A few years ago I took up running, because I was 40 pounds overweight, I had been neglecting my health for years, and I was working way too much! I was tired all the time, I wasn’t spending enough time with my family, and I realized there had to be more to life than this!
I decided I needed to make a lifestyle change before I turned 40. Along the way I discovered I had a new passion…Running provided so much for me personally on a physical, mental, and emotional level, but I also discovered how I could combine my love of running with my need to make positive change.
I began running for charitable causes. This simple act of living with purpose has had a huge impact on my self-actualization but it also re-sparked my desire to do more. I began to think about ways I could create an exponential impact of good on society.
Raising a young family has made me realize how important it is to live in the present. We try to travel as much as we can with our kids to enjoy quality family time and visit our friends, but also to expose them to different cultures and give them life lessons you can’t learn in schools.
While studying Robert Kiyosaki, Timothy Ferriss and others, I learned that I had to create my own life course – one that would involve my passions and my chosen purpose, and that would allow me the time freedom and financial means to make the most of the present without mortgaging the future. As a result, I embarked on a journey I call a Lifestyle Face Lift in order to get there.
Today, the company I founded supports the cause I run for by donating at least 10% of profits and is making positive changes to improve the environment. I also help other entrepreneurs find a way to help their companies be more socially conscious as well.
One of the products I developed provides assistance in the form of time management lessons so students could run their businesses more effectively (and more profitably). And as a result, they will be able to give back, but more importantly, have the time to do it as well.
If you are interested, you can read more about my vision of social entrepreneurship here. My plan is that this endeavor will create a trickle effect that will eventually become a waterfall of positive social action that will help make this world a better place.
So to summarize, my journey to fulfillment is about achieving a SANA in my life – a healthy body, mind, and spirit. That is why I incorporated these three elements of my purpose driven life into my Sana logo.
I hope you enjoyed this story in the making. Please go ahead and leave your comments, ideas, or suggestions and I look forward to helping you on your journey to a purpose driven life as well!