Writer Darius Foroux talks about the purpose of life being usefulness, and I’ve long agreed with that.
It’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit of happiness through inane micro-pleasures, but I’d rather be creating something that impacts peoples lives, both now and after I’m gone.
- Helping people thrive in their own business, instead of helping myself to whatever I can get
- Growing a global venture that excites me every day, instead of growing old and tired
- Writing about all the lessons I learned the hard way, instead of writing them off as experience
- Taking my lad to the playcentre and the park, instead of taking the weekends off
- Building a life that matters, instead of building resentment that I never tried as hard as I could
It hasn’t always been this way.
I’m the first to admit that there have been times – decades even – when I seemed to be deliberately coasting, wilfully squandering the gifts I could have been spreading, and doing nothing of value to anyone.
If you’re feeling like that, even a bit, don’t worry.
It’s never too late to turn things around and start work on your legacy.
PS – What I want on my tombstone? “He did something useful”