Being, Doing and Having: We think have - do - be. Unfortunately, that’s backward.


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The HAVING is simply a by-product of first BEING, and then DOING.

Many of us chase success, only to find it to be an elusive tease. We say to ourselves if :

“I could HAVE what I want [money, fame, power, clothes, spouse, car, house], then I could DO the things I want, which would allow me to BE who I truly am.”

We think have - do - be. Unfortunately, that’s backward.

When you study the most successful and happy people, they run the reverse model. They first focus on who they are (philosophy, character, values) and are uncompromising on BEING true to those beliefs. This allows them to DO the things they want. Because they are authentic and follow their destiny, they end up HAVING what they need.

The HAVING is simply a by-product of first BEING, and then DOING.

If you really want to maximize your true potential, turn the conventional approach upside down. BE true to your core beliefs, DO the things you care about, and the HAVE will take care of itself. When you think about doing, forget about what you think you ought to do. Instead, follow a path that is both inspired and inspiring. 

Step away from what you perceive as safe since you have only so many years to make your mark.

If you’ve identified a path that is different from your current one, it’s time to seriously consider pursuing your true calling instead. If you don’t, who will?

As for the have, it will take care of itself. If you follow your passion and purpose, you’ll get all
the stuff you need. By focusing on being the person you are meant to be and doing what you are meant to do, the having will end up being a whole lot less important anyway.

Greatest Thoughts by Josh Linkner a successful tech entrepreneur, venture capitalist and keynote speaker. Author of The Road To Reinvention: How To Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation.


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