Earlier this week I read an interesting story about a boy who was born on October 2, 1869 in a small coastal town in India. As was the custom in India at that time, his parents arranged for him to be married at age of 13. He and his wife had their first child at age 15, and had 4 more children over the next several year
During this time he was able to continue his education, and even though he was a mediocre student, he was accepted at the University College of London where at the urging of his mother, he studied law.
At the age of 24 he completed law school, passed the bar, and returned to India where he took a position with the Indian law firm of Dada Abdulla & Co. During his 21 years at Dada Abdulla & Co he became one of the most successful lawyers in India.
Around 1915 he started to become uncomfortable with the growing human rights injustice in India, and he felt called to do something about it. He wanted to do something that mattered – something that made a difference.
So what’d he do?
He quit his job!
Yes, he walked away from a successful career and the things that money could buy to make a difference in the world. He traded success for a cause – a life purpose.
His name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and he went on to become one of the best known non-violent revolutionaries in the history of the world. He was able to lead India to independence and inspired a worldwide civil rights movement.
There are two things about living your life purpose that we can learn from Ghandi as we celebrate his birthday this week:
Your present circumstances don’t prevent you from living your life purpose
Ghandi was a successful attorney when he quit his job. He had a wife and 4 children who depended on him. But, Ghandi’s circumstances didn’t prevent him from living his life purpose, and your circumstances should not prevent you from living your life purpose either.
I am not trying to encourage you to quit your job today, but you can begin to take steps that move you in the direction of your life purpose today. You can develop a plan and set a goal to be living your purpose in 6 months, a year, or maybe even two years. The important thing is to begin today!
It is never too late to live your purpose
Ghandi was 45 years old when he quit his job and began living his purpose. Many people have started over later in life and made an impact:
Julia Child didn’t start cooking until she was 4o and started her well known TV show at age 50.
Ray Kroc was 52 years old when he started McDonalds.
Winston Churchill became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at age 62
Harland David Sanders started Kentucky Fried Chicken at age 65
Mary Wesley (one of Britain’s most successful novelists) published her first novel at age 71
Today, you might be 25, 45, 65 or even 85 years old. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what matters is that you know your purpose, and want to make a difference in the world. (tweet this) It is never too late to make a difference.
If you want to work through the process of finding and living your purpose on your own, you should read Life On Purpose: Six Passages To An Inspired Life. This book will provide you with a proven, repeatable, six-step process to determining your life purpose.
Read more about living your life purpose here.
Don’t wait until tomorrow. Comment here and let us know what steps you are taking to live your life purpose today!