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How to Unleash the CEO of You – Living on Purpose


Once there was a man who came across three bricklayers busy at work. The man asked the first bricklayer what he was doing. “I’m laying 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.”

As this short anecdote clearly demonstrates, 3 people can be doing the same thing but for very different reasons. The first bricklayer represents those people who labor exclusively for a paycheck. Their job is a list of tasks that needs to be completed, but they take no pride in the outcome. This is what I call, a minimum thinker. This kind of person only does the minimum required and nothing more and is usually a complainer.

The second bricklayer appears to be motivated by a sense of completion and seems to have a bigger vision than the first worker. This kind of person works a little bit harder to accomplish the goal. Perhaps they would add a few extra minutes here and there in order to see the goal to completion. This kind of person is your average thinker. They usually limit themselves to only what they can see and do. This kind of person lacks imagination and as a result sometimes miss great opportunities in life.

But the third bricklayer was no doubt driven by a deep desire to create a structure that would enhance the lives of all who would come to that place for years to come. Every brick was a step towards that grandiose vision and aspiration. Not only would such a person do whatever was needed in order to see his glorious visualization come to fruition, he or she would leave a legacy. This kind of person operates from a deep sense of purpose. These are what I call maximum thinkers. These people live on purpose and seek to create something bigger than them. They usually have great impact on their families, communities and sometimes the world.

Which one are you? Do you know why you do what you do? Why did you choose your current career path? Those are very important questions you need to answer. Knowing your why will give you passion and fulfillment in your work. It doesn’t matter how successful you become in life, if you’re not true to yourself; you’ll feel empty in the end.
Don’t be a minimum thinker; don’t even settle for an average thinker. Instead, become a maximum thinker. When you start to live your life on purpose, you will start to Dream big, you will start to take risks and you will become the CEO of you! Don’t forget to email me to let me know how much you enjoy these articles. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

By Lauretta Justin, OD, Orlando, Fla.