The definition of “purpose” is as follows: The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. Have you ever thought about what your purpose is in life? This is something many people never really think about until they get older. When I was younger, I didn’t care what my purpose was. I just wanted to grow up, have fun, respect my parents, love my neighbor, find a hobby and play some sports. Somewhere along the line, I decided to go to college, get an education and a job, because I realized that I needed to earn a few bucks to pay the bills. Apparently, I wasn’t going to live at home forever. I also found a girl, got married, had 2 kids and bought a house. I went to church and found the Lord, but it was just something of a routine. It seemed to me that I was just living here on earth, but really wasn’t serving any purpose. But it wasn’t until recent years when I started thinking that there actually might be a real purpose for me being here. I still have no idea what that might be or where life may lead me, but there has got to be something else. There has to be another reason for my existence. It sure feels like God has something in store for me in the near future. I will let you know what that is once I find it.
Came across an interesting article in Business Insider geared towards future entrepreneurs. If you are looking to start your own business and have lofty aspirations, below are some good recommendations of online courses that you should take. Many of these require some diligence and effort, but you wouldn’t be an entrepreneur if you weren’t willing to put in some time. Besides, learning and/or mastering these courses could separate you from the crowd, and could be the difference between success and failure. Good luck!
“QuickBooks Pro 2016 Training: Manage Small Business Finances”
“Mastering Communications for Ultimate Networking Success”
“Startup Business: How To Raise Seed Capital”
“The Essential Guide to Entrepreneurship”
Double Your Productivity By Tomorrow Morning: 12 Step Guide
“The Complete Product Management Course”
“+Acumen Presents: Seth Godin’s Leadership Workshop”
“The Complete SEO Course – Rank Your Website in Google Easily”
“Building a Personal Brand by Gary Vaynerchuk”
Leadership, Management & Entrepreneurship in the 21 Century
I admit that I’m an optimist. I filter out the bad and look for anything good that can be used to explain why something may or may not happen. Why focus on negativity when all it will do is bring you down. Ok, so now that all of that is out of the way, I want to focus on the 2016 San Francisco Giants. My favorite life-long team, I have followed them through thick and thin since I was a child. From 1B Will Clark to LF Barry Bonds to C Buster Posey to SP Madison Bumgarner, there have been some legends to don the black and orange. I even omit Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Willie McCovey from this conversation because they were a bit before my time. So the question is, where are the Giants going this year. At the All-Star break, the Giants seem destined to win another World Series in what would be their 4th since 2010. Something superstitious about even years, having won 2010, 2012 and 2014, the Giants were devouring every team in their path, leading the majors with a 57-33 record in the first half. Since then, they have fallen out of first place by going 20-32, and that is after just sweeping the last place Arizona Diamondbacks. What has happened to them? Their roster is solid and they still lead the wildcard, but they have seemingly lost their balance and their mojo. Their offense stalls when they need to score a run and their bullpen falters when they have the lead. They have lost too many 1-run games in the 2nd half and just have not been able to find the answer. The Giants are simply slumping and have lost their way. Or have they? The Giants usually like to torture their fans when they win. Why win convincingly when you can make the games more interesting? Who will be the guy to step up this year? Their last 3 titles were won because of gritty performances from unexpected contributors. From my vantage point, I think the Giants have the national league right where they want them.
Isn’t it crazy that the older we get, the busier we get? You don’t understand how simple life really is in your youth. You wake up, eat, go to school, take some tests, talk to some friends, go to practice, eat dinner, do some chores and go to sleep, and do it all over again. Then you go to college, study, take some mid terms and finals, meet some friends, go to some parties and go to sleep. You have responsibilities, sure, but they are nothing like what an adult will face once working a 50+hour work week, getting married, having kids, owning and managing a home, doing your taxes, taking care of your family, trying to stay in shape, and dealing with real-life issues. Health, faith, money, work/life balance, legal issues, divorce, vacations…all of these things equal stress. It can be very easy to get overwhelmed with life and everybody deals with it in different ways. The important thing is, don’t stress yourself out when things happen that are out of your control. Take it one step at a time and do your best to deal with what life throws you.
Don’t be this guy – take matters into your own hands. Be in control.