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Posts Tagged ‘purpose in life’

Is what you do important?

By Jim Whitt I was on a conference call as part of my preparation for speaking at a staff development meeting for a trade association. The CEO and a couple of senior staff members were on the other end of the line. My parting question was, “What’s the most important thing you want your people to take away from my presentation?” The CEO didn’t hesitate, “I want each of them to believe that what they do is important.” To drive that point home in my presentation, I decided to share this story about my friend Kent Stroman. Kent grew up… Read More

August 13th, 2018 at 3:18pm

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Too good to be great?

This is a favorite of Angie Youngblut, one of our longtime subscribers. It was originally published August 9, 2006. I think it’s a great message to share again in our first issue for 2014. If any of you have favorites you think are worth sharing again please let me know. Thanks Angie! By Jim Whitt Whenever I’m speaking I’ll ask the audience, “How many of you want to reach your full potential?” Every hand goes up. Now, I believe they mean it. They really want to. But I also know that when most of them walk out of the room they will… Read More

January 5th, 2014 at 1:58pm

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A prison of your own making

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: I was in a restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf overlooking San Francisco Bay. A radiant sunset framed a silhouette of the Golden Gate Bridge to my left and to my right I could see Alcatraz, the former island prison which once housed such infamous criminals as Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. How ironic. Here were two famous landmarks that symbolized both freedom and captivity. The Golden Gate Strait through which so many freedom-seeking immigrants had passed, leads… Read More

December 4th, 2013 at 8:41pm

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Dream on: There is supernatural power in imagination

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: Dreams are simply a form of thought taking place in our subconscious when we are not conscious. It might be more accurately described as our superconscious. The superconscious solves complex problems and is the source of tremendous creativity. Should you ever venture to the small town of Hominy, Oklahoma, you’re going to discover someone really did “paint the town.” That someone is Cha΄ Tullis, an artist who brings his Native American heritage to life through murals painted… Read More

October 27th, 2013 at 5:48pm

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The strangest secret: What you see is what you get

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: Comedian Flip Wilson was at his absolute best when he put on a wig, miniskirt and go-go boots to play the part of Geraldine Jones. Geraldine’s most famous line was delivered with this flirtatious boast, “What you see is what you get!” And Geraldine was right in a way she, or he if you prefer, never intended. We naturally gravitate to what we see — and what we see is what we get. This is what Earl… Read More

October 15th, 2013 at 8:29pm

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What we can learn from Steve Allen, The Lone Ranger and The Phantom of the Opera

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: Johnny Carson may be the guy who defined late night television for a couple of decades but it all started with the original host of the Tonight Show, Steve Allen. I caught the fortieth anniversary Tonight Show which featured Steve Allen as a special guest. It included several clips from his old programs. One of the clips featured an old segment that he regularly performed called the Answer Man. In this routine he fielded answers from the… Read More

September 22nd, 2013 at 3:39pm

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Thinking supernaturally or how to slay a giant in one easy lesson

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: When a young shepherd named David learns Israel is being threatened by Goliath he can’t understand why the battle-hardened soldiers of the Israeli army are wringing their hands and quaking in their boots. He reasoned that Goliath was a predator just like those he’d encountered as a herdsman. Here’s my paraphrase of his assessment of the situation: “When a lion attacked my flock, I killed it. When a bear attacked my flock, I killed it. I don’t… Read More

September 8th, 2013 at 12:47pm

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The science of Axiology: How do you see yourself?

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: Having personally witnessed the inhumanity accompanying Hitler’s rise to power in pre-war Germany, Dr. Robert S. Hartman envisioned a science which could organize good as effectively as the Nazis organized evil. After years of research, Hartman created a new mathematical system called Axiology which successfully orders the values of our everyday experiences. Derived from two Greek words — xios (worth or value) and logos (logic or theory) — Axiology examines “how we think” and helps us to… Read More

August 21st, 2013 at 9:54am

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Are you a diamond in the rough?

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: He was right. They were there. You couldn’t see them with the naked eye but magnified ten times you could see them — tiny flaws. I was examining a diamond under a loop — the small magnifying glass that jewelers use to examine gems. Looking at the ring from the counter, you would never know the diamonds were anything but perfect. The jeweler explained how the Gemological Institute of America grades diamonds. In addition to a scale… Read More

July 17th, 2013 at 5:23pm

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Roles, Goals & Vehicles

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 5  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: People confuse roles, goals and vehicles with their purpose. That’s why Chad had a 3,000 word mission statement (for more about Chad see page 42). It included a lot of roles, goals and vehicles. It was well meaning but didn’t have much meaning. Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul” knows music is not the destination but merely a means to an end, “This is a vehicle for my creative expression and I enjoy bringing happiness to others.”… Read More

June 27th, 2013 at 5:07pm

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