PURPOSE - Your Business & Success Depend on It

May 05, 2014 11 Comments

Last week I appeared on The Neil Cavuto show to offer my take on the scandal involving LA Clipper’s owner, Donald Sterling. I shared with Neil three things: 1) that Sterling would be banned from the NBA, 2) money can't buy happiness or admiration and 3) no matter how rich a person is financially, that can't make them happy, sane, or prevent them from having hate in their heart. While the media is focused on racism, privacy, freedom of speech, and the NBA, I think there is a more important story that can affect every business person.

My prediction of Sterling’s lifetime ban from the NBA, never being allowed to step foot on a court again was confirmed the following day. There was also a bigger issue that this scandal exemplified…this is what happens to a person with no purpose.
While money can buy a lot of things, it can’t buy happiness, sanity, respect or reputation. In life regardless of your financial situation, we all need a purpose. A person without a clear purpose that benefits more than just their own pocket book, will rot from the inside. Take a person with no purpose and add $1.9 billion dollars and you end up with a problem.
Billions of people are living a life without purpose; going through the motions of a routine - going to work, doing only what they must to get by. They wake up, go to work and do their jobs, go home, eat, sleep, wake up and do it again. This is a crime to the individual. I know because I lived some portion of my life afflicted with no clear purpose.
If you ever feel like this is happening to you ask yourself these questions:
  1. What am I doing?
  2. Why am I doing this?
  3. In addition to myself, who benefits?
  4. Does my purpose match my potential?
It’s not against the law to live a life with no purpose but why would you want to? If you ever find yourself caught up in the routine actions of your day-to-day be sure to stop a minute and clarify your purpose so you don't end up old, rich and with hate in your heart.

11 Responses

Research&Development
Research&Development

November 01, 2016

Grant you need to give a workshop about slow people!

hawkchev
hawkchev

November 01, 2016

Wow…great points, Grant. Thanks.

Jennifer Nuce
Jennifer Nuce

November 01, 2016

Great questions and an excellent reminder. We must make it a habit to wake up with energized purpose to accomplish our goals. It takes focus and crazy commitment to get through all challenges and potential bs that could distract you. Thanks again Grant, taking it all in. JN

John Cowan
John Cowan

November 01, 2016

Sanity is defined by society. A person who abhored the thought of segregation, male domination etc. was once thought of as sane. Today that same person would be reviled as being nuts or insane. Mr. Sterling is a man with no ethics. He lives outside the ethical boundaries he has set up himself. He is married yet has a mistress. He dates a black woman, yet doesn’t want blacks at his basketball games. He pays black players and a black coach for that team, yet he has no use for blacks in society. But, for all his negative attributes, he does have value. He is the role model for what NOT to become should one acquire great wealth.

Chase Davis
Chase Davis

November 01, 2016

What is your extrafamilial purpose and how did you find it?

Eddie Maracich
Eddie Maracich

November 01, 2016

I think we are all gonna see the power of money and the Jewish power in our justice system along with the financial USA control by above when he takes down the nba by rule of law!!!! Watch and learn. I don’t think mr sterling made his money being an idiot or not having vision and purpose. Let sit back and enjoy the ride

Steve Everett
Steve Everett

November 01, 2016

Good advice Mr. Cardone!

Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone

November 01, 2016

Correct John!

Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone

November 01, 2016

You got it Jennifer!

Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone

November 01, 2016

There are a lot more in the books! Thanks for reading.

Grant Cardone
Grant Cardone

November 01, 2016

Thx!

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