I was supposed to be a lawyer or an accountant. According to my mother, who has been at the same law firm for thirty-plus years and worked for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger before that, striving for anything less was not acceptable.
Thus, my drive to excel in academics and extracurriculars was set at an early age. But … deep inside I knew I wanted to be a young mom and have time to raise and enjoy my children. Law school and the hours it takes to build a practice would not have allowed for that. So I took a different route. I followed my purpose and didn’t become a lawyer.
Dictionary.com defines the two power words above as:
Ambition: an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment
Purpose: the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
The difference between the two individual words is living and truly enjoying life. But if you put both together, find your purpose and use your ambition to be the best at it that you can be, that is when the magic happens.
My purpose is to be an involved, attentive, loving mom and wife while also providing a useful service to assist others in bettering their lives. By defining this I have been able to apply my deep ambition to succeed and build a life and business that supports my purpose.
While driving home from dropping my kids off at school one morning I heard Glenn Beck discussing his life and he said “I was successful but I was dead inside.” Don’t let that be you. When your purpose beckons you, heed the call. It won’t always be easy (those are some stories for later) but it will be rewarding.