Rusty's Corner: Knowing Your 'Why' Gives Your 'What' More Impact
I once read a tale by John Maxwell of someone who came across 3 bricklayers working. The man asked the first bricklayer what he was doing. "I'm setting bricks," the worker replied. He then asked the second bricklayer the same question. "I'm putting up a wall," he said. The passerby then asked the question one more time, this time to the third bricklayer. The response: "I'm building a cathedral."
Whatever it is that you do, I encourage you to find and focus on why you do it. It will transform what you do into a passion and a purpose, and less of just a J.O.B..
Take a look at this impactful video that symbolizes this exact phenomenon. This simple idea can change the way you view your entire life.
In the clip, comedian Michael Jr. describes the power of knowing your “why.” In it, he asks a member of the audience to sing the opening portion of “Amazing Grace.” The gentleman, a music teacher, sang the refrain flawlessly.
After praising his performance, the comedian asked the gentleman to do it again, but this time painted a scenario of a family member just returning home from a long prison stay. Not surprisingly, the second performance was ten times better than the first. This time, the song was performed with feeling, emotion, and passion. The words were more animated and the tone was richer. Michael Jr. ended with a quote that is extremely insightful. He said:
“When you know your ‘WHY’ then your ‘WHAT’ has more impact, because you’re working towards your God-given PURPOSE.”