The Greatness Puzzle

The Greatness Puzzle

Finding the pieces of your greatness

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

― Albert Einstein

In life, we are all building our own personal jigsaw puzzle. I call it a greatness puzzle.

We are each individually building the masterpiece that we call our life and to do that, we’ve got to put together our own puzzle. So as we go through life, we look for pieces of that puzzle and we piece it together as we go along.

Some of the pieces of my puzzle have included climbing the world’s highest mountains, scuba diving with sharks all over the world and starting a non profit foundation. Recently, I’ve begun to show others how to Live Adventurously like my wife and I have been able to do.

I believe in the greatness of all humanity. And I know that it is through exercising our greatness that we all connect with our purpose and create our masterpiece. It’s what we are here to do. It is important to understand that greatness is for you. Really, it is. A lot of people get uncomfortable around that word when applying it to themselves but greatness probably isn’t what you think it is.

Demystifying Greatness: It Isn’t Just for Athletes and Rockstars

[Greatness] consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

– Angelique Arnauld [adapted]

Greatness is an inalienable human quality that each and every one of us is born with. It is the birthright of all humanity. It’s up to you to decide if you are going to exercise your greatness or not and that is the ultimate expression of freewill. You have a gift to give the world – find it and share it. That is how you step into your greatness. If you don’t know what you’re great at, shut your eyes for a moment and think about that thing – you know – that thing you do so well. It could be building new companies or baking cookies, teaching children or taming lions, creating computer code or cleaning bathrooms. It doesn’t matter what it is. We’ve confused greatness with social stature and paycheck size. Greatness is never limited by social, economic, political or geographical factors. Greatness isn’t so much the what as it is the how. Imagine a world where everyone lived in their greatness. How much better a life would that be for all of us? We can’t help but appreciate and benefit from someone that is lighting up the world for all of us no matter what they are doing or how they are doing it.

We’ve all heard the term visionary. If you’ve ever wondered what makes someone a visionary, it is someone that knows what their greatness puzzle looks like. They’ve got the box top with the picture on it, have found all the pieces with flat edges to build the outline and are actively finding pieces and fitting them in to create the picture.

Most people have an incomplete picture and find pieces by chance as much as by design for their puzzle. Many people don’t even realize they are building a puzzle and aren’t looking for pieces at all. These are the people that just wander through life and live it by default instead of any kind of design. These are also the people that seldom get what they want out of life.

Start thinking about your greatness puzzle today. First, know that you’ve got a puzzle to build. Exciting as hell? You bet. Next, think about what you want your puzzle to look like. What is going to define your life? On your deathbed, what are the things you would regret never having been, done or had? Don’t worry if your puzzle picture isn’t totally complete – nobody’s is until our last day on earth. Start finding the pieces with flat corners and building your outline. Now get busy looking for the other pieces and have a blast.

To Your Greatness-







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