I’m a book worm. I always have been, and until die or go blind, I think I always will. There is just something about holding a book and turning the pages and looking at a page full of words narrow down into paragraphs and then sentences and words and then connect again into a story that can make me feel happy or sad or excited or any array of emotion that just makes me content.
My genre of choice is almost always fiction. There is something about fiction that is utterly captivating and forgettable to me. If I like a book, I thoroughly enjoy it, and then promptly forget it. Usually. Nonfiction is different though. I don’t read a ton of it, but when I do, I usually remember the book for years and take something important away from it. The Charge by Brendon Burchard is no exception. In the book, the author argues that through a series of powerful yet simple actions we can increase our levels of energy, engagement and fulfillment in life; if we stretch ourselves in pursuit of greater joys and enthusiasms can can live a charged life. And, of course he explains what a “charged” life is, and how to “activate” it with the 10 “drives” that make us human. Doing so may not be easy, but the results can be really powerful!
My Drive for Contribution
I want to matter. I want to feel like what I do is important and that I am leaving a legacy for my children that they can be proud of. One of the things that I realized while reading The Charge is that I may not be the best at everything, but I am pretty darn good at some things, and I should be proud of those things and should continue to share that knowledge. Furthermore, it was really driven home to me that so much of what I *do* is a contribution and does matter and although it’s certainly not everything, it certainly is something and part of how I “gauge” the worth of my life.
So, in 10 years I may not remember everything about The Charge, but I will remember that my drive to contribute to the world in a meaningful way is important to me and that it does bring me happiness and that was made clear to me while reading Burchard’s book.
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