The Inspiration for eleven52
I used to think that my life’s purpose was to help my dad retire. He worked hard in the family business and I wanted to see him use his time off to enjoy himself. But just one year into his retirement, he passed away at the age of 61.
The loss of my father opened a new chapter in my life, and I was completely lost. My life vision was cloudy. Nothing seemed to make any sense anymore. I felt my purpose was to work hard to help him. But once that was achieved, he was gone. Because I had never asked myself if I wanted to do anything else, I had no other vision for my future.
For a while I was just living day to day, working long hours, feeling isolated and angry. Eventually I realized I was stuck and had become someone I didn’t know. So, I decided to move forward by beginning a personal journey with the mission to figure out my true purpose, the real me.
Looking back at my father’s life ended up giving me everything I really needed. You see, his goal in life was simple: He just wanted to make the world a little better than when he came here. My dad had it right all along.
He lived out his purpose every day. He loved his family, believed in people, and always stood by his word. He taught me to be thankful for the people in my life, and encouraged me to inspire others. Honesty, integrity, selfless giving, the importance of character—he embodied all those universal life principles, and he shared their values with me.
My dad also taught me that everyone has their own unique gift. In life and in business, there’s always a positive impact when we encourage others to use their gifts. We just have to get the right people in the right place.
The eleven52 movement carries on his legacy, and allows others impart wisdom of their own. We’re all experiencing life together. None of us can go at it alone. When we remember that, reflect on our past, engage with the present, and grow for a brighter a future, we’re all making the world a little better. Every day, at 11:52am.
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