Purpose and desire aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, you can become rich by adding value to others lives through executing your individual, unique mission which starts the cycle of having purpose drive life. Through it, your desire for wealth exists not just for the sake of success alone — instead, all that you accomplish is done for a reason.
Leading a Purpose Driven Life
That reason you have that drives your accomplishments is just as good as anybody else’s. Whether you’re working to try something you’ve always wanted to try, or to buy expensive toys, or to get your kids to college, there’re a million and one reasons to want to be successful financially.
There’s no wrong reason to go for what you want, as long as it’s coming from a place of your truth. Fulfilling your needs doesn’t excite anybody, but going after what you want? Oh yes! It’s got to move you! It’s got to make you say, “If I could do this … oh my God!” That purpose of life is what you’re looking to attain.
Find a Purpose for Your Wealth
Having this purpose is the most important part of having money. Everyone I know who has become rich did so for a reason as if they needed to become rich. Most of them don’t live all that happy because they needed to become rich in order to prove that they’re okay. Some of them are just responding to society’s expectations or self-help advice. Desire doesn’t drive them. Fear does.
So go for whatever you want. In the end, we’re all going for the same thing. What we’re really seeking is the feeling that the objects of our wants will bring. A new house can give us a sense of comfort. A new car can heighten a feeling of importance. Travel and toys can invoke excitement and stave off boredom. Launching the business dream job can satisfy our need to achieve and be recognized. This could potentially be the answer to life: having a purpose.
Find Happiness — and Purpose — Outside of Your Wants
However, we need to be real careful about what it is we want. Sometimes people keep wanting things and getting them, only to find out they didn’t really want it. Other times, they get bored real fast (which is usually the case), only to want more. Guess what? Those wants keep piling up, and pretty soon you’re wanting something so badly that you’re looking at the future as if that’s the place where your happiness will reside. That’s the desire trap.
The point isn’t that we shouldn’t want the objects we think will make us happy. However, we have to keep in mind that our happiness isn’t limited to the objects of our desires. We don’t have to wait until we get want we want in order to be happy.
Instead, we can gain those same feelings we think our material desires will give us in other ways. Donating time to a cause you really care about can provide feelings of security and connection among like-minded individuals. It can also provide the recognition that makes you feel good about yourself for helping others.
The more we focus on the positive experiences we want out of life, the easier it is to create more great experiences. Furthermore, it becomes easier to produce the “things” we want.
Are you still unsure if you’re leading your purpose driven life? Then join me as my guest on my upcoming web class — “Passion, Purpose, and Profits.” In it, I’ll reveal my 3-part formula to get rich doing what you love (combing money with meaning and success with fulfillment. Truly the BEST of both worlds).
Now we want to hear from you. Have you ever wanted something so badly — even something major like a certain career or expensive object — only to find out it didn’t really fulfill you? What was the lesson from the experience? Let us know in the comments.
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