I was listening to my Ipod touch and the song “Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner came on. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I had to ask myself, “What puts stars in my eyes?” All of us have dreams of doing well in many aspects of our life whether with family, health, spirituality or finances. What are you willing to pursue that puts stars in your eyes. What is it that causes you to want to throw caution into the wind to pursue a life of purpose so that you can become your own juke box hero.
In the beginning of the song we find the soon to be hero on the outside of a concert unable to get into the sold out show. What is the show that you want to get into but feel that its not possible? Just imagine the roaring crowd on the other side of the door just waiting for your music to be played. They are cheering because they want you to ROCK. In fact they need you to Rock, that's what they have paid for and that's what they expect from you.
But now you say, “Yeah I can rock but I don't have a guitar or instrument to use.” I have music in me but I don't know how to let it out for others to hear. You may be waiting for the perfect timing or opportunity before pursuing your dreams. You could go out right now and buy a cheap, used, beat up guitar and start practicing but what would everyone think? Maybe you let the thoughts of others control your actions and decide against buying used gear, so you try to save up money for a brand new guitar. Well along the way of saving for that brand new guitar other things become more important financially and the dream of being a juke box hero fades away.
Your music is still in you, you haven't changed one bit, in fact you took the safest most “secure” route in life. Your at the same job years later making a little bit more than you used to and now you've worked your way up to 2 weeks “paid” vacation per year. Your friends and family congratulate you on doing the “smart thing” and not putting money into that silly dream you had. Even though at the time you could have afforded a second hand guitar but hey why risk it right. You never took the chance because everyone said it couldn't be done. When people tell you something cant be done like starting your own business or pursuing your purpose in life it doesn't mean that you cant do it, but it does mean that they cant do it. They let their fear of failure control your actions.
Our juke box hero decided to become his own star and he wanted to make his own show. He succeeded by seeing himself at the top from the beginning and doing what needed to be done to get there. So now its time for you to get out there and do it. Live a little, become the person that you want to be, not the person others want you to be. Stop living in the day to day routine of a false sense of security working at a job you despise. Stop thinking that one day your gonna retire from that job and sit around and do what YOU want to do. For most of us retirement is a long ways off. Start doing what you enjoy so that when retirement age comes around you wont want to retire because your doing something you enjoy. Better yet your living on purpose.
Profit from Purpose, you deserve it!!!