No such thing as a nobody

What is a “nobody”? Nobody is defined as a person of no importance or authority. E.g.: “they went from nobodies to superstars.” But do we really believe that our existence doesn’t matter and we’re here on earth with no purpose? This idea is ridiculous. The reality is that we all have purpose; we’re here to make a meaningful impact. The challenge is understanding what our purpose is and accepting how we follow through.

I’ve met many people who would typically be defined as individuals of significance; those “superstars” who went from a “nobody” to celebrity. These are the multi-millionaires and top 500 CEOs; movie stars to politicians. The perception is that they’re more worthy; that their purpose serves a greater cause. And that their profile is deserving of our high regard. We spend hundreds just to get close to them, tune in when they’re on TV and get lost in the glamour of it. But what amazes me more than these few encounters, is that they’re over shadowed by the thousands of people I’ve had the privilege to meet from all walks of life: the ones, who according to the definition, are “nobodies.”

These “nobodies” are our mothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, fathers, brothers and friends. They’re our colleagues at work who collaborate to make a project run more smoothly; our neighbour who shovelled the driveway while doing his own. It’s our ministers who take the time to sit with us during a time of grief or stand with us in a moment of happiness. It’s the waiter who remembers the way we like our coffee in the morning or the paperboy who delivers right to the front door (not the roof.) It’s the doctor who runs a battery of tests that can save our life; or the teacher who inspired us to pursue our dreams. These people are all around us; always performing what seem like minute missions; but everyone and every thing has a purpose. Look around you. There’s no such thing as a nobody.

Perhaps you’re struggling to find your purpose; I wouldn’t be surprised. Especially when we think about the way society has hierarchically defined purpose. We give attention to the few who have money; make money and spend money. Forgetting a whole other world – us, the regular joes! But purpose isn’t about celebrity. It’s not static and it’s not about being president, the boss or a superstar. It’s not about how much money you make, if you’re on TV or if you’re connected six ways to Sunday. It’s about contributing to your community in a meaningful way. It’s about forgetting your ego or TED (total ego domination). It’s about putting aside your own ambitions to help make this world better.

You, yes, YOU! You are a person of significance. And the world needs you to get engaged and stay engaged. Make the choice to get involved. It’s easy to impact others, both positively and negatively. So make the choice to be a positive influence on those you meet; you have the capability to inspire and elicit the same effect. But it begins with belief in yourself and a great attitude. It also starts with the understanding that you have a purpose. Volunteer, coach, and look after your neighbour. Smile. Be kind. Treat others how you want to be treated. Remember to say thank you. And if you don’t have something nice to say then shut up!

We can all make a difference and therefore, we all have a purpose. Be accountable. You have power in choice. Today is your day to be a person of significance!

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