Before you can discuss any topic, you must first clearly understand what it is you’re talking about. Before you can answer, “What’ Your Mission,” you must first understand what exactly is a mission is.
For some, this is easy. Some people are born with a mission, given to them by their god. Hey, there’s a reason they’re called missionaries. For others, it’s not so easy. In my case, the mission I though was mine was taken from me at 18.
For years after I drifted through life, from moment to moment, passing the days to no real purpose. Then I had kids, and had a mission handed to me, to raise them. That mission is coming to a close, leaving me looking for another.
But none of this answers what a mission is.
In You Are the Brand, Mike Kim asks:
- What pisses you off?
- What breaks your heart?
- What problem are you trying to solve?
The answers to these questions form the core of a mission.
Troy Broussard summarizes The One Thing, “What is the one thing that makes everything else easier or irrelevant?” That is a mission.
Ben Settle makes it really simple, “What is the thing that you get up and do first, every day?” That is a mission.
I ask a slightly different question, “What is the thing you are compelled to do, without thought of reward or compensation?”
That is a mission.
What is mine? I’m working on that, and have a few more thoughts on video, over here.