Why Do You Do Anything

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You live a very busy life.  

You get up early in the morning. Go to work. Come home late at night. You are exhausted at the end of the day. Then you go to bed. 

Guess what? I live a similar life too.  

I too get up early in the morning. Go to work. I don’t come home late at night since I continue to work at home. I am tired at the end of the day. I go to bed. 

You and I live a very similar life and routine. 

The only difference is the reason behind our lives. 

There are only three reasons why you and I do what we do every day.  

The first reason is survival. The same reason why we sleep, eat or drink. We need to do these activities to survive. This is why we have jobs. We need money to pay bills and fulfill our basis needs. 

The second reason why we do anything is for recognition. We do it because we feel good when we do it. The same reason why we go on vacation, buy brand name clothes or drive a BMW. We don’t have to have it, but we feel good about having it or doing it. This is why we have career. We are proud and we like to identify ourselves as an executive, an entrepreneur or a consultant. 

The third reason why we do what we do is for its meaning. We do it not because of the money or recognition. We do it because we are truly inspired. We do it because we feel like it is our calling. The same reason why we quit our job, start companies or write books. We do it because we feel we can finally live our true potential, feeling not just good, but fulfilled.  

What is your reason for doing what you are doing now? 

Are you surviving, striving or thriving?  

Ask Yourself This…

Why are you doing what you are now? If you only live once, would you rather survive, strive or thrive?  

Think About This…

It is often the small differences that make all the difference.

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2 Responses to “Why Do You Do Anything”

  1. on 19 Sep 2007 at 11:59 am

    Great question: “Why are you doing what you are now? If you only live once, would you rather survive, strive or thrive?”

    I think many people who have escaped (ran away from) the corporate world - many with great financial risk - can tell you why they do what they do, and what’s worth the most to them. The difference often comes when you decide that your life and what YOU think is more important than what other people think. And what a change that is…

  2. on 19 Sep 2007 at 2:46 pm

    I completely agree with you. Whenever I feel disoriented, I ask myself, “Why you do what you do?” and it puts me back on track.

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