What does a meaningful life look like? Or put another way—what are the most important things we should focus our time on?
Off the top of my head, I can think of 7 overarching elements:
- Time: prioritizing our most valuable currency (instead of wasting it on the unessential.)
- Care: Gary said it best in
his bookCrush it when he used a whole page to say one word: “Care”. There’s not a lot that can be accomplished if you don’t care about life and care enough to want to improve it.
- People: Relationships might be the definitive part of life. What do we have without people to share it with?
- Skills: Not just any skills, but the skills that elevate all of our skills. Health. Thinking. Communicating. Learning.
- Character: Virtue. Charisma. Empathy. Courage. Humility. Resilience. Resourcefulness.
- Purpose: Have a clear direction for your life. Knowing what you want, who you want to help, who you are, and who you want to be.
- Mission: Tangible ways in which you can live out your purpose.
Here’s the kicker: every single one of these things is a choice. We don’t have to spend our time wisely. We don’t have to care about others or about ourselves. We don’t have to surround ourselves with a supportive network or hone our skills or character.
But if you focus on any one of these things and you’ll add a new level of depth to your life. The question is, do you want to live in Standard Definition or 4k?
Everyone comes into this world with a unique set of circumstances. Some fortunate, some misfortunate. As Steve Jobs once said, “sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” It’s up to each of us to take our breaks and make something special out of it and share it with the world.
And that will take some work. But a meaningful life is worth all the effort in the world.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1185