Failure is a part of life, but it doesn’t mean it has to be a part of your purpose. – Donald Jenkins, MPDC
We live in a time when the profile of a hacker is no longer a person behind a computer screen looking to gain unauthorized access to data files. Information is still on the radar, but today’s hackers are seeking information that will help create a lifestyle that increases productivity and efficiency. A noble task indeed, but life-hackers must also realize that productivity and efficiency is a product of purpose. If there’s ever a time we need to hack into a greater purpose – the time is now!
Great things are born from purpose
Mark Zuckerberg’s speech to the 2017 Harvard University graduates is the most profound speech I’ve heard in my lifetime. After revisiting Harvard memories, he captured the need for hacking into a greater purpose by saying,
Today I want to talk about purpose. But I’m not here to give you the standard commencement speech about purpose. We’re millennials. We’ll try to do that instinctively. Instead, I’m here to tell you that finding purpose isn’t enough. The challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.
Hacking into a greater purpose doesn’t fit within the scope of standard conversations about purpose. It takes into consideration that instructions on how to use passion to find purpose is not enough to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.
Hacking into a greater purpose is the catalyst for revealing new models of understanding how to develop and master skills to help everyone have a sense of purpose.
The context in which Mr. Zuckerberg spoke about purpose came from personal experiences. During his speech, he alluded to the time when big corporations wanted to buy Facebook. Many of his leaders wanted him to sell, but he held onto a bigger purpose by saying,
…it’s not enough to have purpose for yourself. You have to create a sense of purpose for others. I found that out the hard way. My hope was to never build a company, but make an impact. All these people started joining us, I just assumed that’s what they cared about too, so I never explained what I hoped to build.
Within a year, most of his management team left him with his vision to connect more people. However, his passion for coding wasn’t the driving force behind Facebook. He was driven by a purpose to see what people wanted to tell about themselves and be a part of something that was big. Today Facebook is a staple in our world because of a visionary who hacked into a greater purpose. Billions of people log in to Facebook and never know that the code behind their profile was born from purpose.
Unlocking the code of purpose
If we are going to hack into a greater purpose, we must embrace the reality that passion alone does not hold the code for unlocking purpose. Passion drives us to do great things with our gifts and talents, but purpose is more sophisticated than marketable skills born from passion. It’s an intuitive force that leads to Meaningful Excellence™, which causes us to explore new models of understanding purpose beyond our potential to achieve goals.
Hacking into a greater purpose means pursuing wisdom and insight that lead to fully discharging purpose. This is a strategy for repurposing our life for a higher use, so we can combine our noblest character with our most gifted abilities to impact the world. Fully discharging purpose is the key to shifting our focus from the passionate use of gifts and talents to assimilating wisdom and insight for conditioning our character to impact the world in new ways. By doing so, we will discover practical strategies to build a bridge between what we do and what we can become.
The failure to build a bridge between what we do and what we become is the driving force behind what I call a meaning crisis. Mr. Zuckerberg highlighted the fact that the world is in a meaning crisis by saying,
…When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people are feeling disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void.
When people lose meaning in jobs, church, and communities, they lose value in impacting the world with a greater purpose. Finding a good job, starting a business, joining a church, and being a part of a community was never the code for finding purpose. We must look deep within the recesses of the human soul to find codes that will help us start new conversations about the power of purpose.
Spiritual and personal growth leaders must take to heart Mr. Zuckerberg’s message about helping others create a sense of purpose. Purpose is more than a buzz word sprinkled throughout sermons to connect congregants to a higher purpose. It’s also more than a catalyst for making an emotional connection in success motivation speeches.
Purpose is an energy that is dormant inside the human soul, and it must have systems and strategies to awaken the soul to a higher purpose. Hacking into a greater purpose is a radical departure from street wisdom about life’s meaning. It’s a formal education in purpose that challenge not only spiritual and personal growth leaders to travel new paths for answering the call to a higher purpose. It’s a challenge for everyone to build a character profile as purposeful as our Facebook profile. We must master new skills to help others unlock codes for creating a world where everyone can have a sense of purpose.
Your birth was documented with a birth certificate to confirm you were given an opportunity to play the game of life, and you will eventually receive a death certificate to answer for what you did in the game of life. It just makes sense to earn a purpose certificate to confirm your commitment to make the most out of the opportunity to play the game of life.
Donald E. Jenkins has spent 25 years and well over 15,000 plus hours discovering how purpose affect the way we live. He is the CEO of the Purpose Development Institute. For more information, please visit www.newbreedachievers.com.