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Orrin Woodward I resolve to discover my God-given purpose

Posted by Brandon Dillon on December 16, 2011

There are so many amazing lessons and things we can learn from Chapter 1 in Orrin Woodward’s latest book Resolved which is about discovering your purpose in life. Everyone is created to do something that just calls to them and its up to us to find out what that is. Orrin quotes  Rick Warren’s The  Purpose Driven Life,

“You cannot arrive at your life’s purpose by starting with a focus on yourself. You must begin with God, your Creator. You exist only because god wills that you exist. You were made by God and ford God – and until you understand that , life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Every other path leads to a dead end.”

Orrin also talks about where Potential, Passion and profits intersect is where your purpose is. We all have something we feel called to do that when we think about it we just feel so emotional about it and if we started working on becoming a person capable to do that, then we would be fulfilling our purpose.

Some questions that will help you with that if you have no clue what I am talking about.

  • What can you be the best in the world at (and, Equally important, what you cannot be the best in the world at)?
  • What drives your economic Engine?
  • What are you deeply passionate about?

These questions will help its called the Purpose hedgehog by Jim Collins in his book Good to Great. Another Amazing read and I highly recommend it. Orrin has read so many books and applied these things in his life and thought on these things for nearly 20 years now, which is why he is the #7 leadership Guru in the world and the only man on the list to Bring Chris Brady to the #12 spot, no other “leader” has mentored anyone on to that top 30 list with them except for Orrin Woodward.

He writes in this chapter a great clip from Marianne Williamson under the potential section.

“Our Deepest Fear is not that we are inadequate,

our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

it is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves,

who am I to e brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you NOT to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small does NOT serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking

so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to manifest the glory that is within us.

And as we let out light shine we unconsciously

give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Very Powerful worlds, and so true, our playing it small does good to no one. I want to show one more section in this chapter and I highly recommend you get this book and study it, if you need help getting it let me know. But I couldn’t do this chapter justice unless I rewrote it all and that just wouldn’t be good so get it, study it but I will leave you with one last thing from this chapter. Its a story about Ivy Lee who called on Charles Schwab, one of Andrew Carnegie’s business partners in Bethlehem Steel talking about his services starting with

” With our service, you’ll know how to manage better. The indignant Schwab said “I’m not managing as well as

I know as I know how. What we need around here is not more knowing but more doing; not knowledge, but action;

if you can give us something to pep us up to do the things we ALREADY KNOW we ought to do,

I’ll gladly listen to you and pay you anything you ask”

“Fine Said Lee. I can give you something in twenty Minutes that will step up your action and doing at least 50%”

Okay , said Schwab. I have just about that much time before I must leave to catch a train. What’s your idea?”

Lee Pulled a black 3×5 note sheet out of his pocket, handed it to Schwab and said:

Write on this sheet the five most important tasks you have to do tomorrow.

That took about three minutes.

Now said Lee Number them in the order of their importance.

Five more minutest passed.

Now, said Lee, Put this sheet in your pocket and first thing tomorrow morning, look at item one and start working on it.

Pull the sheet out of your pocket every fifteen minutes and look at item one until its finished.

Then Tackle item two in the same way, then item three.

Do this until quitting time. Don’t be concerned if you only finished two or three or even just one item.

you’ll be working on the important ones. The others can wait.

If you cant finish them all by this method, you couldn’t with another method either, and

without some system you’d probably not even decide which are the most important.

Lee went on, Spend the last five minutest of every working day making out a must do list for the next day’s tasks.

After you’ve convinced your self of the worth of this system, have your people try it.

Try it our as long as you wish and then send me a check for what YOU think it’s worth.

That amazing interview took place in the early 1900’s and lasted about 25 min, in two weeks Schwab sent Ivy Lee a Check for $25,000 (in todays terms that’s about 25 million) Schwab added a note saying the lesson was the most profitable he had ever learned. And in five years it turned Bethlehem Steel Company into the Biggest independent steel producer in the world and made Schwab a hundred million dollar fortune and the best known Steel man alive.

So why don’t we do this same process in our lives? What are the 5 most important things you need to do at your Job, your family, your business, what ever it is this system will work and inaction is one of our biggest challenges in life.

I am going to leave you with that, read the rest of the chapter and I will be working on Chapter 2 which is Titled “I Resolve to choose Character over reputation anytime they conflict.”

have a Great weeekend!


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