What's Your "What"?

One of my favorite things to do is learn from others, which I usually turn into anecdotes that ultimately find there resting place in my quote books. For almost 25 years, I have compiled nuggets of wisdom from colleagues, friends, mentors, movies or just about anywhere something profound was said.

Recently I was reflecting on my own “What” and how “What” I do to impact the lives of others around the world brings me such joy. During this time I was nudged to go back and dust off a quote I lifted from a Vanity Fair interview with Presidential Historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin.

While the interview was wide ranging, it focused primarily on her book, “Leadership In Turbulent Times.”

I was particularly struck by her discussion of Franklin Delano Roosevelt aka, FDR., who served as our nations 32nd President. FDR won a record four presidential elections (I was shocked too, hint: there were no term limits) and he became a central figure in world events during the first half of the 20th century.

Doris Kearns Goodwin spoke about a young F.D.R. being a pretty ordinary guy, who at 28 clerked in a law firm but, hadn’t done anything particularly great in college or law school. However, he gets his first chance to run for the state legislature, and somehow, when he’s out there on the campaign trail, SOMETHING CLICKS! William James said it this way, “At such moments, there is a voice inside which speaks and says, ‘This is the real me.” According to Doris Kearns, as FDR is on the campaign trail, at that moment is when he knew what he wanted to be.

Having navigated this journey and found my own “What”, I have committed my life to helping others find theirs. Your “What” is the one amazing thing you were born to do. It’s a natural rhythm, brings you joy and is comprised of your inherent gifts, the vehicle you will use to share your gifts with the world and the people you are most compelled to serve.

If you aren’t 100% clear on your “WHAT” here are a few questions to ask yourself:

· What is it that you absolutely love to do that impacts others?

· What do you loathe doing (being stuck behind a desk, being in toxic environments etc.)?

· What life touching activity makes time fly by for you?

· What would you do for free but would love to get paid for (Think people impact)?

While there are other questions you can ask yourself, these are some key foundational ones which will begin to unlock the seeds that ultimately cause your “What” to click.



Inspired by his passion for seeing radical success in others, Kelvin focuses on helping organizations and their leaders achieve greater productivity, team synergy, and higher engagement levels.

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