B2B Tip #27 – What will you do with your dash?
Let me say right up front that the inspiration for this post comes from someone else. I just wish I could remember where I heard that phrase, so I could give that person credit.

It comes from a story I read about “your dash.”

Your dash is that spot between your birth and your death, the ‘dash’ on your grave marker stone. This dash encompasses your entire life from start to finish.

I have at least one personal opinion about this up front …

… You can only ever call yourself a success when you create successors. Take your knowledge and expertise to the grave with you, and all you’ve done is enrich yourelf.

Next, understand that you have both a spiritual and secular purpose.

Those of us who walk with the Lord know our spiritual purpose. It’s all about Him. Yes – I absolutely urge you to consider Him in your own life, but that very important decision is one you’ll have to make. It is not the main point in this post …

As to your secular purpose – what do you stand for? What’s important to you? What will you be remembered for? What will your grave marker say?

That’s the importance of your dash …

I also believe we come into and leave this life naked and alone for a very good reason. We are a blank slate upon which we write our own mission, vision, purpose, and life experiences.

What are yours?

Not sure? That’s OK.

Here’s an easy way to start finding out. Consider these situations …

1. If money were absoluetly no concern, and you never had to work another day in your life – exactly what would you do every day?

2. In your daily life, what excites you beyond measure, and is something you look forward to doing with great anticipation and expectation?

3. What are you really good at?

One of the biggest joys in life is when ‘the lightbulb’ comes on and you have your answers to those 3 specific questions. I hope they have stimulated you into asking and answering the questions for yourelf.

You’ll be glad you did.

The best part is finding your purpose, and the worst part is missing it.

Don’t ever put yourself in the position of getting old, looking back, and saying, “I wish I had.”

Had what?

Found my purpose.

If you’d like some help with these issues, get Rick Warren’s book titled “The Purpose Driven Life.”

It’s good beyond description and will definitely help you discover out what you stand for … (if you really want to know.)

All the best –
Chip Tarver
The B2B Relationship Pro
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