For the past two weeks, I have put my all into developing the travelpreneur blog. Today, I will spend some time pondering the question, are you traveling with purpose? Traveling, not just in the literal sense, but moving through life with purpose. This week I attended a leadership conference and left so motivated and inspired to elevate myself, my personal brand, my thinking, and my purpose. There were so many nuggets that I have to share, but the first which struck me most is “Average is Over.” Average is over. Translation, in today’s global economy, we are faced with more challenges, competition, economic crises and uncertainty than ever before. You, meaning all of us, must always bring your “best game” all of the time. It is now more important to do your very best. Why? Because average is no longer acceptable. Extraordinary and phenomenal is now the norm. So I begin with a few treasures from the conference, I hope they will help you as much as they helped me:
1) You have to know your purpose
2) What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
3) You don’t make excuses, find a way to get it done!
4) People who achieve WORK. They do the WORK. They create the WORK. Find the WORK. Make “it” WORK.
5) It is what you do with what you have, that makes you what you are.
6) Leaders are people who care about others and never forget those who care about them.
7) Each of us have something to contribute.
8) Make no apologies for who you are and what you believe!
9) Be open to change!
10) Your personal brand (YOU) is always evolving. (nothing should be stagnant, you have to grow and evolve)
11) Your 9 to 5 job or profession is what you do, but not who you are.
12) Don’t waste any time living out someone else’s vision for what you should be doing!
13) You have to be authentically YOU!
14) If you are truly living in purpose, it is impossible for you to fail!
So, I will ask the question. Are you traveling with purpose? Do you know what you were put on this Earth to do? If not, take the time to find out. Once you know your life purpose, you can travel without failing. On a personal note, I was deeply moved and inspired by the messages of this conference as well as Oprah’s Life Class series on Gratitude. For a very long time, I thought my career defined who I was, but after leaving corporate America I learned quickly that was so not the case. Marketing is what I do, but not who I am. At the end of the day, I am so much more. I am a travelpreneur, blogger, photographer, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, mother of Sammie and lover of dogs, cupcakes, champagne, jazz and flowers. I am still learning my life purpose, I am still working on being authentically me every day, but I will get there. I would love to hear your thoughts.