“In order to be our best, we must actually be our best. You simply can’t win a race among the truly great if you never put in the effort to improve yourself.”
We all want the greatest returns in life with the least impact on our convenience. It’s not that we’re lazy—rather, it’s because we’re smart. We don’t live in a wilderness anymore, and we know with careful planning and a little coincidence we can get “okay results” with no added effort.
That’s an acceptable approach to life for some, but my challenge is always to ask you for more. I want to know two fundamental and really unanswerable questions.
- What do you want?
- Who are you?
I call these unanswerable, because in life our answers to these questions are fleeting at best and insincere at their worst. We never seem to know what we truly want in terms of our own fulfillment of life, and we don’t seem to have a clue as to who we want to be in our quest to find that fulfillment.
Our nature and our reactions to life seem to leave us in a constant state of change—which really means growth. I think that’s a good thing. We’re not stuck being one version of a person we want to become. We can pick and choose the best qualities we want in life and change them over time as we grow into a constantly improving version of our new self.
Likewise, we can learn to “want” different things as our realizations, tastes and preferences for decisions change over time. We aren’t stuck simply wanting to buy the desires of our youth—a sports car, a big beach house or a fancy watch.
Our desires change as well. Experience can bring with it a desire for change rather than acquisitions. We can “want” to make impactful decisions that have lasting communal benefits like helping to end hunger and poverty or cleaning up litter.
So, you heard my spiel. Now, tell me a little about yourself. We can start with—
- Who are you and what do you want?