In today’s post I am going to show you how you can achieve massive and meaningful success by knowing your why. This is from the examples of many successful Christian millionaires.
So if you want to find:
And GOOD achievement.
This post is for YOU!
Lets get started.
Why Knowing Your Why is Important
The Japanese have a word which describes a worthwhile life. The word is Ikigai (pronounced “eye-ka-guy”). An ikigai is essentially ‘a reason to get up in the morning’. A reason to enjoy life.
“Ikigai” is the intersection where talents, passion, and outside needs intersect.
To love what you, have a need for what you do, and find purpose in what you do is a life of “ikigai.”
It is basically KNOWING YOUR WHY.
In 2009, Simon Sinek gave a Ted Talk. It went on to become the third most watched with over 37 million views in 46 languages.
Though primarily speaking to organizations and companies the main focus was:
People don’t care what you do, they care WHY you do it.
His premise was that regular leaders start like this:
- What we do.
- How we do it.
- Why we do it.
While more effective leaders–the kind that change the world–start like this:
- Why we do what we do.
- How we’re going to do what we do.
- What we’re going to do.
The latter speak from a more deeper meaning. They are purpose driven and as a result accomplish more. They know their why.
In this particular Ted Talk Sinek used the examples of Samuel Pierpont Langley and the Wilbur brothers. All were working towards building a “flying machine.” Langley had waaaaay more resources (money, research, staff, publicity and etc) but the Orville brothers created the airplane!
Simple: they had a different WHY.
Sinek explained it like this:
“The difference was, Orville and Wilbur were driven by a cause, by a purpose, by a belief. They believed if they could figure out this flying machine, it’ll change the course of the world. Samuel Pierpont Langley was different. He wanted to be rich, and he wanted to be famous.
And lo and behold, look what happened. The people who believed in the Wright brothers’ dream worked with them with blood, sweat, and tears…and, eventually, on December 17th 1903 the Wright brothers took flight, and no one was there to experience it. We found out about it a few days later.
And further proof that Langley was motivated by the wrong thing: the day the Wright brothers took flight, he quit. He could have said, ‘That’s an amazing discovery guys, and I will improve upon your technology,’ but he didn’t. He wasn’t first, he didn’t get rich, he didn’t get famous, so he quit.”
When a why is bigger than just you it’s amazing what you can do to fulfill that why.
But check this out:
It’s not just individuals…COMPANIES that have a bigger WHY always outperform those companies that just have a WHAT. In other words: PURPOSE and/or WHY are a very profitable concept.
Let me show you what I mean.
DDI—a global leadership consulting firm–surveyed 1500 global C-suite executives. They found the companies who both defined and acted from a sense of purpose outperformed financial markets by 42%. (Image by DDI)
In other words:
- Companies that didn’t know their why underperformed their peers.
- Companies with a purpose statement were average when compared to their peers.
- Companies that knew their why outperformed their peers by 42%.
But lets go deeper…
Harvard Business Review did a detailed report entitled “The Business Case for Purpose.”
They studied 474 executives and found that most companies fell into three categories:
- Prioritizers–companies that have a clearly defined purpose (39%)
- Developers–companies that don’t have a clearly defined purpose but are working on one (48%)
- Laggards–companies that haven’t developed or thought about purpose (13%)
Prioritizers reported performing better across a number of business activities: 58 percent of prioritizers said they experienced growth of 10 percent or more over the past three years, compared with 51 percent of the developers and 42 percent of the laggards.
The point is this:
If having knowing the why can lead to corporate dominance and success, what do you think it will do for you?
How to Know Your Why?
God is VERY interested in you knowing your why.
Purpose is defined as:
“The object toward which one strives or for which something exists.”
We’re all guided by our perceived purpose. The Bible says,
“The noble hearted man has noble purposes and by these he will be guided.” (Isaiah 32:8 BBE)
What make achievers so powerful is their commitment to their purpose. They understand who they are and who they are not.
Like the Apostle Paul.
What made Paul so effective was that he understood his purpose, embraced it, and never strayed from it. He understood his “sphere.” For instance he said:
“We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you. For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ; not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment.” (2 Corinthians 10:13-16 NKJV)
That word “sphere” comes from the Greek word “kanon” which means “a boundary or place of activity.”
When we truly understand our purpose we understand our place of activity.
How do we discover our purpose?
The Bible says:
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His Eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone.” (Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG)
Everyone has a particular “why”…that “why” is the fuel that propels to success. Let look at some examples of Christian millionaires who found and used their “why’s.”
Success and Your Why: The God Factor
Henry Crowell Parson was a serial entrepreneur, real estate investor, successful businessman, and was widely known as the founder of the Quaker Oats Company.
He was a highly regarded businessman who used his influence and wealth to achieve positive and lasting change.
But he was also a strong believer who used his platform to champion the cause of Christ.
The impetus for this was when he went to a special meeting to hear a fiery businessman turned evangelist. Parson was 18 years old.
One Dwight Lyman (or D.L.) Moody.
Moody was self educated, not very polished, but he was passionate. He was on fire for God! He spoke about doing big things FOR God and expecting big things FROM God :
Parson was memsmerized. The passion and authority D.L. Moody spoke with had him transfixed. Moody continued:
Parson was broken. Tears streamed down his face.
After service Parson quietly slipped out the church. He was deep in thought: “How could he be that man??”
He couldn’t preach like Moody. Maybe…he could make money to support men like Moody. He prayed his request:
But Parson wasn’t the only one who saw wealth building as a Godly activity. A young John D. Rockefeller had the same “spiritual awakening.”
Early in his teens Rockefeller was very involved in his church. One Sunday, however, the pastor announced from the pulpit the church was behind on interest payments from a $2000 mortgage.
If they didn’t raise the money the church would be forced to foreclose.
As the church was filing out the congregants found Rockefeller by the door asking, pleading, and almost threatening people to pledge specific amounts. He wrote down each promise and person in a notebook.
In a matter of months he helped raised the money and saved the church.
But it was during this time his motivation for becoming rich began to develop: doing God’s Work.
Later Rockefeller would go onto to say:
“I remember clearly when the financial plan—if I may call it so—of my life was formed. It was out in Ohio, under the ministration of a dear old minister, who preached, ‘Get money; get it honestly and then give it wisely.’ I wrote that down in a little book.”
“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” (John 5:30 NKJV)
Jesus’ life was powerful because he was purpose-driven. His one and only purpose: fulfill the will of His Father. True purpose can never be about individual achievement but something greater…something bigger. What is bigger than the purpose of the Father?
Use your why to do something so great that you even surprise yourself!
Success and Your Why: The Family Factor
Russell Brunson is the co-founder of ClickFunnel–a SaaS company–that went from 0 to $100 million in sales in 3 years.
He originally got into internet marketing because of a greater why: his family.
In high school he was a state champion wrestler. In college he continued to wrestle and there he met his wife Collette. Unfortunatley, wrestling didn’t produce an income and his wife was sole breadwinner.
I’ll let him tell the rest:
“It wasn’t just that i wanted to make money…the bigger desire was that I just gotten married…and I married her and she was working full time to support me her “jobless wrestling husband.” And…I don’t about you…but I had this vision I would be the man, the supporter, and it was pretty tough for me. She was supporting me and I had nothing to contribute. And it was hard for me. And I remember thinking, “I gotta figure a way to contribute. i don’t want her doing everything.” And so that was the real driving factor.
“In fact my goal was: if I could make a $1000/month (to match what she was making at the time) then I could feel like I was contributing.”
He then experimented with every online business imaginable. He had some failures…and a lot of successes. According to him:
“When I got done wrestling, I shifted all of my focus towards my new business. My senior year I had made about $250,000… and within a year of graduation I had made my millionth dollar selling little products I had created.”
Robert Kiyosaki when speaking about his two dads once said:
“One dad said, ‘The reason I’m not rich is because I have you kids. The other said, ‘The reason I must be rich is because I have you kids.'”
Remember: for a why to be significant and powerful it has to be other-centered. It’s not about you. There are scores of people who used the “why” of their family to push them into wealth, greatness, and success. Why don’t you use your why to do the same?
Success And Your Why: The Community Factor
Russell Conwell was a pastor of the Grace Baptist church in Philidelphia. His energy, management ability, and preaching ability was instrumental in growing the church. While the church was growing a young printer wanted advice on preparing for the ministry. The printer had no money and little education.
Conwell offered to teach him.
The young printer brought along friends and over time the number of students grew to 40.
The idea of a free college to help with the educational and spiritual needs of the community obsessed Conwell. Shortly after Conwell announced from the pulpit the formation of Temple University.
He almost single handedly was responsible for the formation of that University.
He traveled extensively giving his famous speech “Acres of Diamonds.” It’s estimated that he gave it over 6000 times. In it he spoke to people about the need for becoming wealthy and looking in themselves for their OWN buried treasure:
“I say that you ought to get rich, and it is your duty to get rich. How many of my pious brethren say to me, “Do you, a Christian minister, spend your time going up and down the country advising young people to get rich, to get money?” “Yes, of course I do.” They say, “Isn’t that awful! Why don’t you preach the gospel instead of preaching about man’s making money?” “Because to make money honestly is to preach the gospel.” That is the reason. The men who get rich may be the most honest men you find in the community…
For a man to have money, even in large sums, is not an inconsistent thing. We preach against covetousness, and you know we do, in the pulpit, and oftentimes preach against it so long and use the terms about “filthy lucre” so extremely that Christians get the idea that when we stand in the pulpit we believe it is wicked for any man to have money—until the collection-basket goes around, and then we almost swear at the people because they don’t give more money. Oh, the inconsistency of such doctrines as that!
Money is power, and you ought to be reasonably ambitious to have it. You ought because you can do more good with it than you could without it. Money printed your Bible, money builds your churches, money sends your missionaries, and money pays your preachers, and you would not have many of them, either, if you did not pay them. I am always willing that my church should raise my salary, because the church that pays the largest salary always raises it the easiest. You never knew an exception to it in your life. The man who gets the largest salary can do the most good with the power that is furnished to him. Of course he can if his spirit be right to use it for what it is given to him.
I say, then, you ought to have money. If you can honestly attain unto riches in Philadelphia, it is your Christian and godly duty to do so. It is an awful mistake of these pious people to think you must be awfully poor in order to be pious.”
Besides making him wealthy that speech was instrumental in funding the early days of the college. And today that college is among the world’s biggest colleges.
Conwell already knew his why in serving the community as a Pastor. It was knowing a bigger WHY that took him to levels of achievement he couldn’t have imagined. Can you imagine what knowing your why would do for you?
George Forman also found that out.
The two-time heavyweight boxing champ is considered one of the greatest in history. He is also a multimillionaire and a Christian minister.
At the age of 23 he became heavyweight champ by stopping champion Joe Frazier. He later lost the title to Muhammad Ali in the infamous fight “Rumble in the Jungle.” The defeat was devaststating.
He fought a few more times. And after a defeat he had a dramatic conversion to Christ.
He joined a church and for the next several years was an evangelist.
He soon discovered a new why: reaching the kids of his community. With that he created the George Foreman Youth Center. Problem is: he lost his $5 million nest egg on bad investments. He needed money for his family AND youth center.
That’s when he decied to come back to boxing…at 38 years old!
It took 7 years…but Foreman went on to become the old heavyweight in history at 45 years old.
And became very wealthy in the process!
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” (Phillipians 2:3-4 NLT)
Again: your WHY will be its strongest when it is other-focused. You’ll never be able to accomplish AS MUCH just thinking about you. Focus on your why.
Victor Frankel in his book–Man’s Search for Meaning–spoke about the correlation between success and purpose:
“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.”
Remember that: don’t chase success, chase your why, and let success catch you!
Do you have a purpose other than you?
Let’s hear it…