Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning has now sold more than 12 million copies in a total of twenty-four languages. Frankl was once asked to express in one sentence the meaning of his own life.
He wrote the response on paper and asked his students to guess what he had written. After some moments of quiet reflection, a student surprised Frankl by saying, “The meaning of your life is to help others find the meaning of theirs.”
Life needs a cause greater than self for it to be truly meaningful and I so agree with:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said, Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
I spent 21+ years working with a global pharmaceutical company, having steered the Regulatory function for the Caribbean up until February 2020. The most rewarding take away was not the registration of countless new drugs across the Caribbean, leading the company to be the dominant Rx leader in the region, or the fact that I maintained hundreds of product licences in line with seven Board of Health agencies in the region, a highly complex undertaking.
For me, my most rewarding accomplishment were the several lives I was able to make a difference in, evidenced by them reaching or going after their best life.
I helped Coach a Caribbean Pharmaceutical Marketing Executive make the difficult but necessary decision to pursue Medical School at the age of 50+, with children who would shortly be of age to pursue tertiary education for themselves. Today he is a practising physician.
I also Coached and encouraged a young Admin Assistant to pursue qualifications as a trained pharmacist. She enters the Internship phase of Certification next year.
I remember Trevor, a bike messenger contracted by the company with whom I had many informal Coaching sessions. I learnt that he liked auto mechanics but had a low estimation of self and never thought anyone would employ him as a mechanic. I Coached him to think beyond his current circumstances.
Some years after he left the company, I remember pulling into a well-known auto service shop and just as I exited my vehicle I was greeted with a loud “Mr. Neil!” It was Trevor in his overhauls, a wrench in hand and a huge smile. He was fulfilling his dream.
I believe that greatness lies within all of us and King Solomon in his wisdom said, ‘A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men’. I believe your purpose in life is as unique to you as your fingerprint, but it is the greatest most challenging task a person can undertake.
Stop comparing your life with peers or family members but instead develop a healthy estimation of self, your life values and own your goals. No one is ever dealt a full hand of cards, but we must make the most with the hand received.
I can Coach you into your greatest dreams and into your purpose in life.