No matter how your day is going, every day has one thing in common. There is an opportunity to make an impact on other people with your unique strengths. It is simply a matter of seeing it. My guest today is some who believes that everyone is built for purpose, desires meaningfulness, and deserves dignity in life. Zach Mercurio, an author, keynote speaker, consultant, and researcher, joins us for today’s episode to open a new perspective in defining things in life.
Zach’s Story – Zach shares his story where he gave up a so-called success-oriented lifestyle and decided to help people create mindfulness in their lives and work.
Acknowledge the Purpose – Most people think a purpose is something to be found. On the contrary, Zach explains why purpose is something to be acknowledged.
Define the Meaningfulness – Zach shares his insights on why meaningfulness has to do less with what we see in our lives and more with how we see them in our lives.
Self-Worth – Zach emphasizes how important it is to figure out self-worth. He defines it as the ultimate security for an individual where everything else is liable to rapid change.
Humanize the day – Having the thought to make a difference for someone else will humanize your day. Zach points out the significance of rephrasing our thought process in a humanized manner.
Having a Purpose and Being Purposeful – Zach talks about the difference between having purpose and being purposeful by highlighting that it is a matter of seeing your purpose where you are.
An Organization with Purpose – Zach discusses three actions that make any task meaningful and build a purposeful environment in an organization.
Purposeful Leadership – To create purposeful leadership, Zach suggests that a leader must first be a purposeful individual. He highlights the necessity of experiencing it before making it for others.
A Meaningful Life is a Skill – According to Zach, three ways to craft meaning into your work exist. If you constantly stick to them, over time, meaningfulness becomes crafted in your life.
Connect with Zach Mercurio
Mentioned in the Episode
The Invisible Leader: Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose: goodreads.com/book/show/36429497-the-invisible-leader?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=yloRLFMcGE&rank=1
Forbes Article – Psychological Safety Takes Years To Develop And Seconds To Shatter forbes.com/sites/paulspiegelman/2021/06/06/psychological-safety-takes-years-to-develop-and-seconds-to-shatter/?sh=569f10dc158c
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth : goodreads.com/book/show/27213329-grit?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=JKQLBbUNLB&rank=1
I loved talking with Zach and just being around his passion for the work that he is doing is absolutely inspiring. Here are my three insights for thriving:
- The ultimate security is developing self-worth.
- Purpose is not something “out there” waiting to be found; it is waiting to be acknowledged. I loved how Zach talked about being purposeful. Purpose isn’t something that we craft into a cool statement and then hang on the wall; it is something that we live.
Something that showed up for me, in a number of ways in the interview, was the message of connecting to how what we do is making a difference for someone else. I loved the story he shared about Brittany, who said, “Who needs me right now? Who needs me to get through this?” I didn’t share this during the interview, but this triggered a memory from back in 2003 when I got sick. It was right after I collapsed on the floor of my doctor’s office and nearly died – right there on the floor. The following week, I got an email from an entrepreneur who had attended my workshop and several of my speaking engagements. The email said, “You have to get better. There are people who need your message and your help.” That email made a difference; it was a source of fuel for me. So, thank you Naomi for sending it!