Finding purpose sounds simple at first, but is really no trivial task. I have been thinking of purpose for some time. I have created businesses and have helped others create businesses, but I do not believe that they were fueled by true, sustainable passion and purpose. I have been reading of other entrepreneurs who have had sustained passion for years, and even decades.
One such entrepreneur is Peter Diamandis. I happened upon Peter Diamandis’ work while reading his abundance related articles on Medium. These articles led me to his three part video series relating to his new book Bold and I am presently reading his previous work titled Abundance.
The videos are very informative and give some real insight into discovering purpose. One suggestion is to ask yourself what you would do to if someone gave you a billion dollars. Again it sounds like a simple question at first glance but becomes more complex upon further reflection.
A billion dollars is a lot of money. More money than many existing business markets in their entirety. To spend $1B an individual would have to tackle a problem sufficiently large, or as the lectures suggest, something that would help one billion people.
I had agonized over this for days but still had not arrived at a conclusion. What would I do with $1B? Sure there are some things I would do to expand existing businesses and increase my overall quality of life and those close to me, but that wouldn’t take anywhere near $1B.
Then it hit me while reading Zero To One by Peter Thiel.
In the chapter on Man and Machine Peter Thiel discusses the impact of technology on the world and how many people fear technology and how technology is not a competitor but is something that makes your life better. This gave me pause. I, and most of the entrepreneurs within my circle, certainly see technology as an enabler and something that makes life easier. While reading the Abundance related articles and book I have even come to view technology as ushering in a new age of abundance.
But many outside of my entrepreneurial circle do not hold these optimistic views. Many fear technology for perceived reasons such as increased surveillance, reduced job security, lack of know-how in a changing world, and greater expense. Why do people cling to such fears? Mainly perception.
The news bombards those who watch it with stories about mass surveillance. People feel less secure in their jobs and ultimately their way of life. People feel like it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with technology, both in terms of technical know-how, and purchasing the latest devices.
To be fair, my own views were not so optimistic up until just recently. Although I fully embrace technology I previously did not appreciate the abundant world in which we are now living. So what changed in my instance?
I have gained greater awareness listening to and reading the abundance related material provided by Peter Diamandis. Then I started looking at the world around me through a different lens. I really do have much abundance in my life. I have access to more computing power and virtual storage than anyone in history. Through services such as Oyster I have access to one million books at any given moment. Google can answer nearly any question that I pose, although there are still many secrets left to be discovered. In addition, I can transfer wealth through methods such as PayPal and Bitcoin, faster than in any other time in history. The more I think about it, the more excited I become. The present is exciting, what does the future hold?
Through all this my purpose, or as Peter Diamandis would put it – my massively transformative purpose (MTP) that will help at least one billion people and has the potential to become a one billion dollar business is the following:
“To accelerate the adoption of technology by showing individuals and groups how technology can improve their lives.”
This is something I am excited about and I believe is needed in the world. Perception will be changed in the beginning through one person at a time and will scale over time. Perception will be changed by working with individuals and groups to minimize a pain point in their existence through technology. Changing perception through tangible evidence and results. Technology will improve the lives of others one individual after another.
Technology should not be feared it should be embraced. Technology truly does possess the ability to improve your life by bringing about greater abundance.
To learn more about abundance and finding your own purpose I highly recommend the following three videos.
1. Video 1: The Six Stages of Exponential Growth