My purpose On this Earth, the thing that both brings me joy and minimizes everything else my worries my fears my confidence, is helping people. Today I was spending time in reflection and personal development, listening to the story of a gentleman named David Nurse, who, in his own words, helps people optimize their lives. He shared an analogy called “hands”, and it really boiled down to how we can really set intention and confidence in ourselves and our lives simply by looking at our hands. They got us to where we are, and they will get us to where we are going. The worn nature reminds us we have made it this far, and give us faith we can keep going. And it led me on a path of reflection that I felt deeply drawn to share. I hope you take a few minutes and read what I kind of refer to as my public journal. It’s just an insight to how I am growing, and I share in hopes that it might help you too. I’ve been in a lot of different roles in my life. Some might say I’ve served many different purposes. When I was 16 I got a job through my uncle in web and multimedia design, I did stints in roofing and construction, I served over 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, I spent 8.5 years working for a consulting firm to the Department of Defense where I started in the mail room, restocking printer toner and delivering mail and worked my way up to lead major projects and many people. I broke from that and went into business with a former boss and one of my best mentors and friends in the whole world. I got into sports nutrition sales through my greatest mentor and teacher in business and that led to starting my first company in CBD and from there I’ve started a handful of other companies from brokerage, to Gut Health, and even dabbled in marketing. And the thing I think that I amonly just now realizing is that in every role I’ve ever held, every task I’ve taken on, the most rewarding aspect of it, the thing that brought me the most joy was the act of serving. I mean, what I’ve just shared is absent of all my failures, and let me be clear, for every success I’ve had, every win I added to my record, there have been far more losses. I could write an encyclopedia about my failures there are so many. You could say and be correct that on paper, to this day, I have a losing record. But that all vaporizes when I look beyond myself and I look to the impacts I’ve been able to have, how I’ve been able to serve. To me there is no greater feeling than to see even one person benefit from words of encouragement, from one product I helped educate them about, one idea I shared. And it’s not that I take credit for being the originator or that I seek credit for any of it. You see life is about fulfillment. You have to have purpose to have joy. Of course you have to set your intentions and take the helm of your own ship, but it’s where you point that vessel and why you point it there that’s the difference. I don’t care if I help one person or one million, my purpose isn’t to be wealthy or successful or feel good when I compare myself to someone else. My purpose is to be grateful for who I am, where I come from, and to use those experiences and lessons and resources to help someone else take another step forward, to not be afraid, to not quit, to breathe when they’re overwhelmed, give hope to the hopeless, give faith to the faithless, instill confidence in the timid. My role might be that I own a company that makes and/or sells products, but that is not my purpose. My purpose is to serve. My purpose is to give. We all have times we need to ‘take’ but I think as long as you are focused on your purpose and your impact and doing your absolute best to use something as simple and overlooked as your own two hands, the hands that have gotten you this far and will continue to get you further, to do good, you will find that you will be forever rich in spirit, wealthy in happiness, and the ability for you to be impactful will continue to grow more and more. Make no mistake about it, I may sell products, but I’m not in the product business. I’m in the service business. I don’t need to make money to be happy. It doesn’t matter what I can offer, if I can find a gap I’m equipped to fill, whether it’s with words of encouragement, a shoulder to lean on, some strength to prop you back up, some insight to fight a battle you’re in, I want to do that. It is where I am my best, and I seek only to give my best. It’s taken me 36 years to realize that I don’t need a special invention or idea to make a difference. I need only to align with my purpose and put myself out there to give.