What is Your Why?

If you do not know the answer to that question, you need to find it as soon as possible!  What is your why? What is your purpose?

A couple of years ago I read Simon Sinek’s Start With Why.  If you haven’t had the chance to read this amazing book, put it at the top of your list.  The topic recently came up again which lead me to this post.

If your why is strong enough, nothing is impossible.  Once you find the answer to that questions you will also find that the world will open up for you and will take you to places you never thought possible.

So, what is your why?

Why do you get up in the morning?  Why do you go to work?

Money is not a why.  A bigger house or a better car is not a why.  Keep digging.

Your why, anybody’s why should have deeper meaning.  Simon Sinek used this perfect example in his book, the story of the two stonemasons.

“Consider the story of two stonemasons.  You walk up to the first stonemason and ask, “Do you like your job?”  He looks up at you and replies, “I’ve been building this wall for as long as I can remember.  The work is monotonous.  I work in the scorching hot sun all day.  The stones are heavy and lifting them day after day can be backbreaking.  I’m not even sure if this project will be completed in my lifetime.  But it’s a job.  It pays the bills.”  You thank him for his time and walk on.

About thirty feet away you walk up to a second stonemason.  You ask him the same question, “Do you like your job?”  He looks up and replies, “I love my job.  I’m building a cathedral.  Sure, I’ve been working on this wall for as long as I can remember and yes, the work is sometimes monotonous.  I work in the scorching hot sun all day.  The stones are heavy and lifting them day after day can be backbreaking.  I’m not even sure if this project will be completed in my lifetime.  But I’m building a cathedral.”

Give a man a purpose and he can build a cathedral.  That was his why.

Unfortunately, most are like the first stonemason.  They go to work everyday to a job they don’t like only to pay the bills.  There is no job satisfaction and no excitement in his work because there is no why behind it.

Find your why and build your cathedral.

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