Passionate Pursuit of Purpose
Posted by Orrin Woodward on August 13, 2013
In the summer of 1981, just before my freshman year in high school, I stumbled across an essential life principle – make a game of any skill set you desire mastery in. Has the reader ever noticed how people will play games for hours on end, but seem to find it difficult to remain focused on work, practice, or studies for any length of time? I don’t know why God created people with such a passion for games, but I have learned how to utilize this passion to help a person develop his skills in his chosen field. Simply put, having fun is the only way to develop skills and enjoy the process. In fact, if a person can learn skills while he is having fun, then mastery is practically assured.
For instance, returning to the summer of 1981, my brother John and I developed our baseball skills by creating our own version of baseball using a tennis ball and a wooden bat. The batter lined up in front of our chain link fence (which played the role of the catcher) and the pitcher pitched into the fence and past the batter. This allowed us to play baseball with only two people and not run the risk of breaking windows or bones. I had never pitched competitively, but through playing our game for hours on end, I discovered my pitching velocity and control had skyrocketed. Indeed, my baseball coach asked me how I had learned my skills and I told him about tennis baseball. He chuckled at the creativity of two teenagers, but quickly leveraged my new skills in the pitching rotation.
Reflecting back, I now realize that I never would have developed the skills if we hadn’t developed made it a game. My brother and I would have quickly lost interest if we had just pitching the ball to one another. Plus, gathering full teams and the necessary equipment would have severely limited our playing time. However, when we developed an easy to play two-person game, with only a fence and bat in our backyard, we played until it was dark all summer long. By tallying scores and outs, we created a game that held our interest and made learning fun. This, in truth, is the key lesson. Discover a way to keep score in any area of expertise a person can turn a dull task into an invigorating competition. For when people keep score, the boring practices become exciting games with drama, strategy, and adjustments in victory and defeat.
Using the same principle, I have made practically my whole life a game where I focus on improving my leadership with the goal of helping others accomplish life victories. What a blessing to be living my purpose of leading people to truth through building communities that Have Fun, Make Money, and Make A Difference by providing life-changing information in the 8Fs. Laurie and my life has a scoreboard that accumulates points though the communities and customers of our life-changing information.
If anyone thinks life is boring then I know he hasn’t learned to turn life into a game. When life is a game, one wakes up everyday excited to advance the ball forward through actively growing and changing. Only in this way does life become an unfolding drama of enjoyable competition where one strives against his previous personal best. A life where one stands strong in his convictions in passionate pursuit of his purpose, dreams, and goals. This is a life lived in the zone; a life lived pressing towards the mark!
LIFE Leadership makes business a game. This make the journey fun while we make money and make a difference.