Define, Learn, Do!

Objectives are vital for goal settings professionally and personally. The first step to a meaningful life is to clearly DEFINE your objective. You need to have a clear and precise purpose. You have to know what you want or what you don’t want. Sometimes we don’t know what we want but we know what we don’t want. Have it written down and express it publicly. By announcing your goals and dreams publicly, you are making a commitment to pursue what you want and have your loved ones hold you accountable. It’s a healthy pressure to put on yourself. It will force you to step outside your comfort zone to maximize your potential and increase your chances at accomplishing what you’re after.

Next step is to LEARN how to make your goals and dreams a reality. One way to do that is by finding a mentor. A mentor is someone who already has what you want. You learn from them about best approaches and get advice from them along the way. You don’t always need a live person to mentor you. There are plenty of books that you can read from authors and experts in your field of choice. By reading their books, listening to their educational audios, interviews and watching their videos you may learn from them. Learning doesn’t always come in the form of formal education. You can learn through self-education by reading the right books at your own pace or just signing up for a specific online class or get certified/licensed in a field. There are also some paths that you may choose where you will need a formal education and that it is required. Having a mentor will help guide you on which route you should take.

Lastly, just DO it! You have to apply what you’ve learned in order to produce results. Defining what you want and learning how to get it are great initial steps but you’re not going to accomplish anything by just defining and learning how to do it. You have to actually DO it and don’t wait until you think you know it all to start. If that’s the case, then you’ll never start because you’ll never know it all. Experience is the best teacher and don’t let initial failures discourage you. Execute as soon as possible and stay the course!

Service and Meaning

The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being. – Lee Iacocca

A proper legacy will always involve service and meaning. It has to have a meaning to yourself, others and a higher cause. Whatever you do won’t have any real meaning unless it’s in service of something greater than yourself.

Servicing others can be a sacrifice. You have to give up something. For some it might be their ego, money, or their time. But your real legacy is your service to others, a higher cause and fulfilling your purpose. It’s not just about making sure you and your family are alright. We’ve all been equipped with special gifts and talents. Use them for the greater good and be successful at something that matters.

Now ask yourself, how can you be a service to others? What do you have that only you can do?

Leave a legacy that matters by helping people so they can be good instead of so you can look good.

“Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.” Mark 10:43 (MSG.)

The world defines greatness in terms of power, possessions, prestige, and position. If you can demand service from others, you’ve arrived. The Lord, however, measured greatness in terms of service, not status. God determines your greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you!


October 8th, 2017, 11:40 PM in Houston

As I am writing this, it is currently midnight October 9th. While driving home tonight, I was on I-45 heading North. If you live in Houston, that highway will sound familiar. Anyways, I saw a billboard that says… Look Inside Find Exceptional with the first letters of each words highlighted to spell LIFE. It was 11:40pm.

This definition of LIFE really made me think. Is it our purpose to find what makes us exceptional? I asked myself.

Before seeing this billboard tonight, I had another definition for LIFE. It was Living Intentionally For Excellence. So I decided to combine both definitions and then I came up with this hypothesis: We are in this thing call LIFE. We have to find what makes us exceptional and strive for excellence in it.

That made some sense to me but I thought it needed more clarity. So I decided to look up the definition of exceptional.

Exceptional is defined as unusual, not typical, unusually good, outstanding.

After reading the definition, I had an “ah-hah” moment.

Being exceptional does not mean you have to be perfect. We are imperfect beings.

To find what makes us exceptional, we have to find what makes us unusual, not typical, unusually good. And then, we will know what makes us outstanding.

In my case, here’s what makes me exceptional. I am a person who stutter when I speak. That is unusual, not typical, and unusually good in some scenarios. That’s what makes me OUTSTANDING.

What I learned tonight is this… What makes you outstanding does not always have to be a talent that the world praises you for, it can also be a disability or an impediment.

Moses from the Bible had a speech impediment and God chose him to lead the Israelites to Freedom. Just like Moses, I believe God put me on this earth to do something great.

Be great despite whatever obstacles you are facing. Your perceived weakness is your strength.