I enjoy helping people create the life and career success they want and deserve.
Every once in a while, I come across something that really reinforces why I am a career success coach, why I blog, and why I write books. On Sunday, I received the email, I have cut and pasted below…
Dear Mr. Bilanich:
I am a participant of the International ThinkQuest Competition organized by the Oracle Education Foundation (USA). This competition challenges students all over the world to solve a real-world problem with practical solutions.
The topic of my team’s project is ‘Cracking the Career Code- What is Your Calling?’ With this project, we hope to make the all important decision of career choice easier for high school students.
To make our website more well-rounded, we would like to interview an experienced career development expert such as yourself. Would you be willing to answer a few questions we have through e-mail?
Awaiting a positive response,
Former ThinkQuest Winner
Student of Generation’s School, Karachi, Pakistan
I live in Denver CO USA and I received an email from a student in a school in Karachi Pakistan asking for my career success advice for a global competition that is sponsored by a US company. How cool is that?
Were it not for the internet, Muhammad would never have known about me and my career success coach services. But because I blog — and Google — he not only knows of me, he thinks highly enough of my thinking to ask me to assist him with his project for the international competition.
After I responded to Muhammad, he sent me a list of eight questions he wants me to answer. I’ll be doing that later today.
Tweet 4 in my latest career advice book Success Tweets says, “The mightier your purpose, the more likely you are to succeed.” My purpose is helping others create the life and career success they want and deserve. I think it’s mighty. Helping others is always a mighty purpose.
Muhammad’s email reinforces my purpose and it leads me to some thoughts on clarifying the purpose and direction for your life and career success.
Your clarity of purpose should be so big, so mighty, so important to you, that it is deeply ingrained in your psyche. It has to be part of who you are. Second, you have to live your clarity of purpose 24/7/365. This takes commitment; commitment to determining your life’s purpose, and commitment to living it.
If you were to wake me at 3:00 in the morning, shine a light in my face and ask me for my life’s purpose, I would say, “Helping people create the life and career success they deserve.” It’s that much a part of me. My elevator speech begins, “Hi, I’m Bud Bilanich, the Common Sense Guy; I help people create their life and career success by applying their common sense.”
For me, this is a mighty purpose. I’m helping other people find career success — and fulfillment in their lives. That’s important work in my book. I take immense satisfaction out of seeing others learn, grow and succeed. In another life I might have been a teacher or athletic coach. In this life, I help people create the life and career success they want and deserve.
There is an old saying that goes something like his…
“The problem is not in setting your goal too high and not reaching it. The problem is setting your goal too low and achieving it.”
I can’t remember the exact quote or the attribution. I’ll send a signed copy of Success Tweets to the first person who leaves a comment telling us the exact quote and the attribution. Please respond by leaving a comment, not by sending me an email. I want the answer to be visible to everyone who reads this blog.
What is your purpose? Is it mighty? I hope so.
The common sense career success coach point here is simple. Successful people think big. They ground themselves in a mighty purpose. Tweet 4 in Success Tweets says, “The mightier your purpose, the more likely you are to succeed.” Take this advice to heart. Ground yourself with a mighty purpose. It’s better to aim to high and fall a little short than it is to aim too low and reach your goal. Or, as Mario Andretti once said, “If you’re in complete control, you’re probably not going fast enough.” Think about it.
I hope you enjoyed this little story about why I do what I do. Why do you do what you do? Is it a mighty purpose for you? I hope so. Please take a minute to leave a comment sharing your purpose with us and why it’s mighty for you. As always, thanks for taking the time to read my career success musings.