I was talking with a friend today and we were discussing her journey to discover what she wants for her life. I mentioned that in my 20's, after years of self-reflection, that I determined that I wanted to make the world a better place.
That's my goal.
My strategy for achieving it is to help other people be the best that they can be, regardless of their life goal. Luckily, I'm able to do that, in some small part, as a software development coach. I get to coach people into a new career that they are highly motivated to learn. When my students graduate and get their first job, I find joy in catching up with them later.
I delight in listening to how happy they are. I smile hearing how much pride they have in the fact that they can provide a better life for their families.
My friend is conflicted. She exclaimed, "I want everything, Steve!"
She needs to find her one, true goal even though she doesn't believe she has one. Everybody has one. Unfortunately, not many people discover it.
I know how hard the journey is, for I walked that path myself. I know that everyone's goal is different. Not everyone wants to make the world a better place.
- Some people just want to have a safe, stable life. Drink beer on the weekends, watch NASCAR and travel.
- Some people want to fulfill a purpose in their family or tribe.
- Some people buy into the corporate ambition game and want to gain a powerful sounding title in order to feel successful.
If that's what makes them happy, I will help them achieve it. That's my small part in making the world a better place.
If everyone is happy, the world will be better.
What's your goal?