Lance Armstrong, seven-time winner of the Tour de France bike race, just announced that at age 37 he is coming out of retirement and jumping back into the game. He states that his real purpose is to build awareness and money for cancer research, not only to win bike races. Here is a NOBLE purpose greater than himself which can make a huge impact on the world. In my opinion, Lance's real purpose is to PURSUE this noble purpose.
After winning the seventh tour, he went in-between to take a rest. What most passionate pursuers find is that in-between is not satisfying for long. The PURSUIT of a passionate purpose, as well as its attainment, and the connections along the way bring the real meaning and satisfaction to life.
After you have had your passion aligned with a meaningful purpose, after you have pursued it relentlessly with all your heart and all your soul with a team of people, after you have tasted success and reveled in the rewards of its achievement, you find that retirement is not fun for long. The PURSUIT of a passionate purpose is fun!
People have asked me, "Theresa, why after selling your company are you still working?" Why? Because I am having fun PURSUING my life purpose. This world needs help and I am called in my life's work to use my research, work, book, experience -- my gifts -- along with my values to help others succeed.
YES to Lance for setting another great example as an American hero! YES to each of you in you own large or small ways who persist, through the ups and downs, in pursuing your dreams. Your spirit brings hope. You are impacting the world and making a difference. Keep pursuing!
Theresa M. Szczurek (www.TMSworld.com)