We too have beautified and contributed to the world

Our deepest fear is rooted within the universal human need for contribution. 

It’s our existential longing. We can’t fathom leaving this world without making our mark, doing something significant, creating some kind of value and mattering in some way. 

We want to be worth the air we’re taking up. Otherwise, what’s the point of even being here? How, then, are we supposed to operate at our highest point of contribution? 

Four simple words. Heart, mouth, hands, head. 

First, heart. 

We have to announce to ourselves that we intend to matter. We have to believe that we have the ability to make something meaningful. And we exert the faith that our daily activities carry a nobler significance. 

Second, mouth. 

Because all transformation is linguistic. Language is the number one source of leverage we have for changing the world around us. And so, we verbally, out loud, in front of people we love, designate things as being significant to us. Leaving no doubt in their minds about our cherished values. 

Third, hands. 

Directing our energies into useful channels. Making a useful contribution with whatever we have, wherever we are. Even if that contribution doesn’t exactly mirror the expectation we had when we started. 

Finally, head. 

We have to think about what represents the final achievement that will fully satisfy us that we have made it. We have to answer the question my therapist once asked, when will we have done enough to be happy with who we are? Even if we never quite connected all those dots of fulfillment? 

That’s what contribution looks and feels like. 

It’s something all people seek, most people achieve, some people miss and zero people regret. 


What gives you the satisfaction of knowing your talents contribute to a larger effort? 

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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  



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