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The keys to finding fulfillment in life may be different for each of us, but here is what I have discovered to work for me… and the essence of what I’ve discovered after my years on this wonderful planet. I hope these insights launch you into the next stage of your life with powerful new renewed force and energy.

I discovered these four distinctions in the 50+ entrepreneurs I interviewed, but I do believe at their core, they also lead to a more fulfilling life:

1. Embrace a consuming passion by sharing it with others. Surround yourself with others who share your passion and you’ll find they fuel that passion to take it further. Like a plant, if you don’t give it sunshine to grow, it will die. Never let your passions die! The ‘sticky’ passions are those more important to others than they are to you. The more you share it, the stronger it becomes. Sharing it can be like adding a drop of MiracleGro!

2. Pursue an impersonal goal. When you discover a purpose greater than yourself, you are willing to do it despite the money. It’s more about the impact on other people than on you. I have found that by focusing more on others, I am both energized and I avoid depression.

3. Learn to embrace risk. A way to shift your perspective is to see risk as dashing into the future with hope and the possibility to move closer towards an impersonal goal/greater purpose. Many entrepreneurs that I interviewed shared that once they mentally accept the worst possible outcome, they feel empowered to take action.

4. Emulate to learn, but innovate to earn. Emulating is a great way to get onto the field, but all great accomplishments in the world have stemmed from someone doing something different. Eventually, you need to blaze your own trail and innovate to find success. Once you realize this, you will no longer be worried about the competition because everyone can bring their own unique experiences to the table.

Those are the 4 principles I live by and strive to create every day.

When you think about the one purpose we all have in common from cradle to grave, it’s simply TO CREATE. So get out and create something today. The most memorable experiences are those we create for ourselves. Give yourself a big hairy audacious goal to work towards it from now until your last breath. Make the goal more about others than yourself and I assure you it will be more satisfying when it arrives. Every day you have the opportunity to create something awesome, so get to it!

The last thing I want to share with everyone: “If you are not where you want to be in life, surround yourself with those who are.”

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Brian Schwartz is the award winning author of 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs Thriving in Uncertain Times. In his book, he features exclusive one on one interviews with highly successful entrepreneurs including Gail Lynne Goodwin, Bob Parsons of Go Daddy, Kim Jordan of New Belgium, and Jake Jabs of American Furniture Warehouse.

After spending nearly 15 years in corporate America, he set out to interview 50 successful entrepreneurs before quitting his job (at the request of his wife). In doing so, he uncovered several key distinctions of those who are successful and those who are not. His passion is now rooted in the company he started to mentor others through the 50 Interviews framework to become authors themselves, and literally rewire their own futures as Brian did.

He has been featured on NBC, CBS, and in the Denver Business Journal.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. That”s funny Brian. For the past 4years,my life is about others. Every thing I do,from work to play,is helping others,serving other. My life took on a high as I help other.It get me out of me,when I serve other. The love I feel for humanity,is the love I feel to me.I have so many in me life now,that they say they love me.I’m living a life I never dreamed I could have it.So much gratitude for my life and breath.
    Thank you Brian for reminding me about how I live my life.I forget the work I do to serve others.
    Lots of Love

  2. Thanks for these good reminders Brian. My favorite is the emulate to learn and innovate to share your uniqueness.

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