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The word “mission” has multiple definitions depending on the situation at hand. However, in this instance, I’d like to focus on a mission being defined as, “an important goal or purpose that is accompanied by strong conviction; a calling or vocation.” All people at some point in life have asked themselves, “what am I put on this earth to do?” You may find yourself going through a series of tests that make you wonder what your passion is or what your purpose is. Well for starters, try thinking about what things make you smile or what makes you want to wake up every morning.
Some of the most successful politicians, business people, and even artists who are in positions of power and success, still question their purpose in life. Isn’t that what everyone strives to reach? Yet, most of them don’t feel successful. A lot of these individuals have had moments whether it be during their early years or beyond in which resistance became the enemy.
However, the one commonality that people who reach a certain level of success have is their mindset. Where others see problems and challenges, they see opportunities. Where others get upset by hardships, they see it as a learning lesson to push forward. Rather than feeling lucky, they feel diligent. They’re hungry, brave and have sacrificed a lot (if not everything) to get where they are today. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about “they,” but whether you’re a politician or pursuing another amazing career, please remember this one thing: use your mission to fuel you.
Let’s take a moment to share a story about 8-year-old chess champion, Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who has defied all odds to become the winner he has always dreamt of being. On the road to his success, he had extremely humbling beginnings. This genius was homeless Nigerian refugee living in Manhattan whose family fled Nigeria to be safe from Boko Haram, a known West-African Islamic terrorist group. As we know, America is typically a playing field in which only the privileged get certain advantages so when this young boy decided that he was going to outsmart children from private schools in the competition, he set his mind to it and did just that. Tani changed his mindset in order to accomplish the extraordinary. Tani only learned chess a little over a year ago, and now he has a total of seven trophies. What is Tani’s mission? To “become the youngest grand master,” Tani told the NYTimes’, in an article early last month.
This remarkable, inspiring story goes to show how life’s challenges do not define a person. As we continue to repeat: find your mission and fuel it. Whether you come from a background of extreme hardship or privilege, that should not change how you go about your journey. Everyone struggles with defining their purpose, but once you do, there’s no turning back. Deviating from the norm can be just as isolating as being the first to do something. Yet, that is the key to what separates the good from the great. Those who are willing to step outside their comfort zone and do things out of the ordinary… the extraordinary.
Take the entrepreneur for example. They don’t go looking for their dream job and often, don’t like to play by the rules. They create their own dream job and write the rules themselves (within the confines of the law of course). They are brave enough to be the first and sometimes the “only” sometimes. But through perseverance and confidence, entrepreneurs use their mission to fuel their dreams each and every day. Take other instances like being the first to climb a certain mountain, the first to create a life-changing app or even the first person to make the highest score on the SAT in history. Whatever your mission is, identify it, write it down, and set goals to achieve it. In most situations, we always tend to remember the first rather than the best.
April 11, 2019 at 03:23PM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs