“Regardless of the career field, the most successful achievers agree: you must follow your heart and live your unique purpose in order to be successful and happy.
It’s inspiring to hear advice like this. It forces us to reexamine our own lives and search for our purpose. It encourages each one of us to chase our dreams despite what any naysayers may try to tell us.
However, most of us also have a cynical voice in our head that hears such advice and counters with something like, ‘It’s easy for them to say that. They’ve already made it big; they’re highly successful and wealthy. What if I chase my dream and fail?’
Or, that pessimistic voice that says, ‘What if my dream job doesn’t come with a million-dollar salary? I want to do what I love, but I’ve got bills to pay!’ And then there’s the common rebuttal: ‘Sure, I’d love to follow my purpose, but I don’t know what my purpose is.’ …
For years now, I’ve wanted to write a book about following your heart and living your purpose, but I wanted it to be applicable to everyone—not just those who are called to careers that can make them famous…
This is a story about ... having the courage to follow your heart and live your true purpose. As this story plays out, you will find the answers to two of life’s most important questions: How do I find my life’s purpose? Is it safe to follow that purpose?”
~ Darrin Donnelly from Life to the Fullest
This is the fifth book in Darrin Donnelly’s Sports for the Soul series.
We’ve already covered the first four: Think Like a Warrior, Old School Grit, Relentless Optimism, and Victory Favors the Fearless.
As we discussed in those Notes, I’m one of Darrin’s biggest fans. I read ALL SIX of his fables in less than a week. With each book, I became a bigger and bigger fan.
He’s a brilliant storyteller and a wise teacher. I highly recommend the whole series if you’re a fan of sports and self-development. And, I’ll deliberately repeat what I already shared in the other Notes: Books like these are a FANTASTIC way to introduce our sports-playing kids and/or sports-watching family and friends to some powerful wisdom.
This book is a fable about a high school coach who’s doubting whether he made the right decision to stay in the small town in which he grew up and coach the same football team his father coached for decades. As Darrin says, it’s kinda like a sports version of It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol.
The most important theme: Follow your heart. Trust yourself and your authentic path.
You don’t need to go out and be an NFL coach to fulfill your destiny if your destiny is to change the lives of every kid who plays for your high school football (or baseball or tennis or...) team or takes your high school (or grade school or college) math or physics or English class.
Do what YOU are here to do. Do YOUR duty. Play YOUR role as well as you can. THAT is what it means to be truly Heroic. And, that’s what this book is all about.
I’m excited to share a few of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in!
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