Posts Tagged ‘Purpose’
Everything I do is to inspire to challenge the norms, so that people feel cared about, liberated to celebrate their differences and empowered to do the things that inspire them.
8 years ago, I left France and my island, Martinique, to relocate to Los Angeles as an international student. I wanted to improve my English language skills, learn about the American way of doing business and eventually start my own. More importantly, I was in search of making meaningful changes in my life in order to add value to my own existence while possibly making a positive difference in the lives of others.
As soon as I arrived in Los Angeles, I experienced a wide variety of feelings, such as excitement, surprise, happiness, loss of identity, anxiety, and culture shock, while facing language and integration challenges. I sometimes felt like a child.
Nonetheless, I kept a positive attitude. I fought more to maintain my faith in God and build an even closer personal relationship with him. And thankfully, some great people taught me the skills that I needed, showed me around, helped me adjust to the American culture, and inspired me. Some also provided me knowledge and methods for a better understanding of the ins- and- outs of running a business in the US. They encouraged me to challenge the status quo.
I believe that many foreign students, expatriates or foreign entrepreneurs in the U.S. face the same challenges. However, not all of them are lucky enough to receive the same attention, care and consideration to help them to improve their experience, develop a better understanding of people of different backgrounds, or even get the tools needed to achieve their career dreams. For those people, I founded “U in the USA”.
The last 8 years have been challenging, exciting and enlightening. It also felt like being on a roller coaster. I went from going back to school and learning a whole new culture, to discovering the ins and outs of intercultural relationships; from putting my dream on pause to go assist my dad, who became fully handicapped after 4 strokes; to almost loosing my own life after being struck by a car and being handicapped for months; from learning how to start a business in the USA, to loosing all my money but keeping the faith to start again; from trying not to recreate chaos despite my memories of dysfunctions, to learning how to uncover my purpose and tell my story with the help of inspirational mentors, such as Les Brown, Steve Jobs, Pastor Touré Roberts, Tyler Perry, DeVon Franklin and Simon Sinek.
I am grateful for the thousands of global minds who allowed me to serve and help them connect with other global minds, adapt to American culture and establish in Los Angeles a career and a lifestyle that inspire them.
Through my intimate relationship with God, I learned that I am enough.
Everything we need to make our dreams a reality is within us.
By building a deeper relationship with God, looking over my memories & facts of my life and reflecting on the following questions:
- Why you do what you do?
- What is your purpose?
- Why where you born?
- Why do you wake up early?
- Why do you get out of bed?
- What keeps you up late?
- What are the things that drive you?
- What is the purpose or belief behind what you do?
- What is the overwhelming cause that inspires?
I learned that my purpose in life is to inspire to challenge the norms, so that people feel cared about, liberated to celebrate their differences and empowered to do the things that inspire them.
It has been an incredible journey so far. I am thrilled to continue to use my story to make an even more positive difference in the live of others.
I would like to thank my family & friends, teachers & mentors and all the people who love me in spite of my differences and contribute to my journey.
Most importantly, I am giving thanks to God who saved my life. I am still standing here to serve You and accomplish the purpose you wrote in my heart.
In conclusion, I’d like to quote Pastor Toure Roberts, author of the newly released Purpose Awakening who said: “You don’t find purpose; purpose finds you. In fact, purpose conceived you; it was the catalyst for your birth.”
Thanks to those who read this article. I am inviting you today to reflect on this simple but important question. Why do you do what you do?
I look forward to learning about your stories and causes.
To Your Dreams and Greatness,
Two years ago, I had the priviledge to attend EO Alchemy.
Among the speakers that inspired me the most was Simon Sinek.
This video bellow shows a leader who lost his sense of purpose and how he reconnected with it. That’s a great lessons for all leaders and inspiring ones.
Here is quick summary of the story.
Simon traveled to Afghanistan on a military visit and found himself in the middle of an attack at the base. Instead of feeling inspired by what he saw and trying to support and help out, he panicked and lost his nerves. Though Sinek is typically a great and kind guy, he became rude, selfish, and did whatever he could to get out of there, even if it meant offending people or putting himself before those in need. At one point, he realized that he had lost sight of his purpose.
Upon this realization, he decided to turn that train around. He reconnected with his purpose—to serve those who serve others—and instantly felt at peace. He got to work and spent the rest of his mission volunteering and doing whatever he could to lend a hand.
Another profound point made by Sinek is about leadership. He said, “The cost of leadership is self-interest…You are not a leader because you own a company. You are not a leader because everyone reports to you. You are not even a leader because you make tons of money. You’re a leader when you decide the people you serve are your employees.”
In the video below, my mentor, Simon Sinek, shares some insights and tips about using your why to find a job you love.
What does your “why” mean to you? Why should you use your why to find the job you love?
Your why is your single purpose, cause or belief that serves as the unifying, driving and inspiring force for yourself.
As an individual, your Why guides your ideal and most fulfilling decisions, such as finding a job you love, maintaining friends you trust and buying the brands to which you’re most loyal.
Need help to discover your Why? Check out my video. I am giving you 3 simple steps to help you uncover your Why. Click here
This is a very inspirational talk with Scott Dinsmore.
Scott Dinsmore’s mission is to change the world by helping people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing. He is a career change strategist whose demoralizing experience at a Fortune 500 job launched his quest to understand why 80% of adults hate the work they do, and more importantly, to identify what the other 20% were doing differently. His research led to experiences with thousands of employees and entrepreneurs from 158 countries. Scott distilled the results down to his Passionate Work Framework – three surprisingly simple practices for finding and doing work you love, that all happen to be completely within our control. He makes his career tools available free to the public through his community .
Daniel Pink on “the surprising science of motivation,” a TED talk that is one of many resources Larry Ferlazzo, a teacher and author, uses in this post.
Today, in lieu of a lesson plan, The Learning Network, New York Times – Education, has invited Larry Ferlazzo, a teacher and author, to write a guest post that brings together a number of recent Times and Learning Network pieces about motivation — and shows practical ways teachers can use them to help students learn to exert self-control, gain self-confidence and motivate themselves to learn and achieve. Read full post here
Simon Sinek spends nearly every single day talking about what it means to live your Why – to live with a sense of purpose, cause or belief. But what happens when we wake up one day without a sense of purpose or cause? What happens when we used to have clarity and it slips away?
That is what happened to him. But it didn’t happen over a career. The feelings were exaggerated so much that it felt like he lived an entire life in just one day.
This is what he learned.
Some weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the conference EO Alchemy in Los Angeles.
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a dynamic, global network of more than 7,500 business owners in 38 countries. EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow.
Here are some of my favorite videos.