Whoever said: “It’s better to rule in hell than serve in heaven” lied.
You rule when you lead others to a larger purpose. Leadership happens when you find your purpose and use it to serve others.
Here’s some thoughts on how to find your purpose and lead.
Know your purpose.
To lead you need to know your purpose. People ask how to choose their purpose. Few know how because it’s a bad question. Purpose is not something you choose. It’s something you FIND. You find your purpose through taking action.
Last week I talked to a man who was interested in studying martial arts. I knew I could help him.
He had been thinking of practicing for over 20 years. He was 20lbs over weight, out of shape, and really needed to start. But he didn’t do even one workout.
His reason? He was looking for a very specific style (Capoeira). No one in our area teaches that style; so he decided to wait.
Here’s what I told him. “Spend ten years practicing here with me. At the end of ten years you will have such great basics you can practice any style (including Capoeira) and excel.”
He didn’t like that answer. Few do.
Your life mission is not something you choose. It’s something you find. Just pick something and begin. You can adjust it along the way.
Leaders do what they love.
Look at your life and you will notice there has always been things close to you. For Elon Musk it was comic books, science fiction and computer games.
What do all three of these have in common? One common theme.
“To save the world!”
Anyone who works for one of Musk’s companies knows this is the underlying theme behind all the technology.
It doesn't matter how bold or impossible a mission sounds. All that matters is you choose something you love and get to work.
Finding your vision is a little like throwing a dart at a wall of balloons. You don’t know which balloon is going to pop. But you do need to hit the wall.
The things you love doing is the wall. Start throwing darts at it and the specifics will begin to reveal themselves along the way.
Leaders show up.
You show up by choosing to take action rather than waiting for exactly the right action. You will know the right actions to take because they will always feel an urge to procrastinate. The urge to procrastinate is only a sign that this is where you need to grow.
Accept the coffee date. Take the waitress job. Sign up for martial arts.
Don’t wait for the right guy to go out on a date. Don’t wait for the right job. Start exercising NOW.
Sometimes Mr. Wrong will introduce you to Mr. Right. Employers hate hiring unemployed people. And even the wrong workout will add years to your life.
Leaders do their best.
Do the best you can at whatever you do.
Someone said: “Better to rule in hell than to serve in heaven.”
But you only get to rule when you serve. Serve others (even if you're in hell) and they will put you in charge of the place. After you're in charge you can install the air conditioning!
Hell is only the place we go to remind us we could have done better. Do better wherever you’re at.
What to do if you find yourself in hell.
If you find yourself seeing the fire of hell don’t run away. The leader runs TOWARD the fire. Make the best of where you're at and right the ship for everyone else. The flames of hell are fueled by procrastination.
The leader serves wherever he finds himself.
That’s why they put him in charge.
Joseph Hurtsellers is an Author and Professional Martial Arts Teacher. To get more information about Joe and his book “Break The Chain” please visit: http://www.ohiomartialarts.com/sensei-joseph-hurtsellers/