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Service is Power

Hello guys,

I'm writing this not completely sober ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, I want to share with you this simple idea that guided my life so far. If you want to be powerful, really powerful, then there is only one way: serve others or a cause (which is kind of the same, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). So here is the idea:

If you want to become unstoppable, serve a group of people or a cause (Nature, etc.)

Now let's be rational for a minute. What are the advantages:

  1. You get a strength from the conviction you hold in your heart.
  2. You stay on the "right" track: your mission
  3. You get a purpose for your life
  4. You actually become a better person
  5. You focus on what's important (not twitter)

So doe it seem appealing? If yes: these are the real benefits of serving a group or a cause. I know it might sound "guru-esque" and it's ok. However, this is what I want to share with you.

I already hear: "but if you got money or relationships or etc. you are more powerful". I don't agree. Purpose and direction in life is way more valuable than any other thing to me. If you don't know why you exist, you are lost by definition. From there, we can build something.

Cheers! ("this is the way" ๐Ÿ˜‰ Star wars reference)

Lucio Buffalmano has reacted to this post.
Lucio Buffalmano

Thanks for sharing this John!
I believe Steve Jobs got some of his best ideas when he is not completely sober as well.
I am on caffeine at the moment.
I had to go cold turkey on tea due to caffeine dependence a while ago.

I certainly agree.
Purpose and direction are what make me unafraid of losing the external resources and starting from scratch.
I view money and power as resources to move towards your purpose and direction.

I find that the more money and power you have, it enables you to think longer-term as well.
When I didn't have much money, my purpose was how to pay the monthly rent.
Many caveats to this of course.
One is if you get lost and blinded with accumulating money and power.

I have been listening to the selfish gene audiobook.
It allows me to appeal to my thirst for immortality.

John Freeman has reacted to this post.
John Freeman

I view money and power as resources to move towards your purpose and direction.

I agree. It's a matter of not "putting the cart before the horses".

I have been listening to the selfish gene audiobook.
It allows me to appeal to my thirst for immortality.

Great initiative man! I did listen to it as well. It does help to channel our biological drives into higher-purpose behaviors.

Matthew Whitewood has reacted to this post.
Matthew Whitewood