What Big Problem Were You Designed to Solve?


Having a purpose is similar to having a personal compass to help you make important life decisions, especially when faced with competing options. My guest on today’s episode assists businesses and executives in growing by incorporating purpose into their culture and processes. His mission is to help creative leaders determine how to leave a legacy and a lasting impression. However, he worked for a selected number of leaders and entrepreneurs as a Personal CFO for 25 years. He concentrated on spreadsheets, algorithms, and cash flow models during the first 15 years of his work. He assisted his customer in achieving financial goals, which did not necessarily result in personal fulfillment. In 2010, he shifted his focus to purpose, assisting clients in transitioning from success to impact. Also, he was fortunate to sell his boutique wealth management firm in January 2020, allowing him to have a more significant impact by assisting other leaders in servicing their people and clients. He believes that assisting leaders in making a difference in the lives of their people provides him with renewable energy and empowers him to get up each day ready to go. Greg Sloan, Co-Founder & CEO of Go Beyond, joins us on this episode to share his wisdom and experience to assist us in answering two essential questions of “why am I here?” and “how can I leave an impact on this world?”

Show Notes

Greg’s Story – Greg tells his life narrative and how he came to be in his position right now.

The Shift  – Greg discusses his transition into psychology, citing multiple takeaways from numerous psychologists. 

Purpose – Talking about the purpose statement,  Greg discusses his perspective on the concept of having a purpose, how he assists others in articulating their purpose, and also several other points based on his personal experience.

ACE formula – Greg shares his thoughts on articulating purpose while explaining the concept of the ACE formula. 

Go Beyond – Greg’s latest endeavor is Go Beyond, a wellness technology, and life change firm. He discusses how he assists people in connecting their personal mission to the company mission.

Purpose Anxiety – We discuss the concept of purpose anxiety. Moreover, Greg describes what he means when he says, “what big problem were we designed to solve.” 

Five Missions – Greg explains how to integrate purpose into your life by mentioning five missions. Additionally, he discusses if it’s challenging to find a purpose that connects all five of those.

Greg’s Purpose – Greg talks about his life’s mission and how he has incorporated it into his life.

Identity or Purpose – We discuss whether prioritizing identity or purpose would be more critical. 

Advice – Greg offers guidance to those feeling stuck and unsure of getting to their true purpose.

Purpose vs. Charity – Greg provides intriguing and eye-opening facts to demonstrate that purpose does not equal charity.

Resources

Connect with Greg:

Website: trygobeyond.com/

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/gregonpurpose/

Twitter: twitter.com/gregonpurpose

Instagram: instagram.com/gregonpurpose/?hl=en

Bobbi’s Takeaways

I hope that you found value in that conversation.  Here are my 3 insights for thriving:

  1.  If you find yourself in that space of “I’m successful so I should be happy,”  don’t listen to that voice. Likewise, if you find yourself in that space of “there’s got to be more to life than this,” pay attention.  If there is something inside telling you that something isn’t quite right, listen to that.  You don’t have to live a life that is just “good enough.”
  2. I liked the question that Greg posed:  What big problem were you designed to solve?
  3. Greg brought up Viktor Frankl and I mentioned how I am listening to that on Audible.  I’ve long been a fan of Viktor Frankl because way, way back in 1989 I saw a quote of his that changed my life.  Sounds dramatic, perhaps, but it was true. I was going through a hard time in my life and I was driving to work one day feeling really down.  I passed a church that had a readerboard out front and they’d have a different quote on it every week.  The quote that was on the board that day was by VF and it’s this: The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”  I pulled into the parking lot to write it down and his name. I didn’t even know who he was so that night, after work, I went to the public library (this was before the internet), and I looked it up and I learned his story and I just wept.  I was so moved – and inspired.  And, I thought, there is absolutely nothing that I’m going through that begins to compare to what he endured and if he can have that sort of courage then I can too and I began choosing my attitude – or trying my best to – it was a learning process. 

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An entrepreneur since the age of 34, Bobbi has led workshops for thousands of people, and she has worked with some of the most recognizable brands on the planet.

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