He refused to have a phone in his office calling it a “distraction”, spent most nights reading the Encyclopedia Britannica, and almost worked himself to death.
Alexander Graham Bell, credited with inventing the telephone, followed his curiosity to discover his purpose. For millions suffering from a lack of direction, Bell’s life is a blueprint for realizing why we are here on planet earth.
“When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”
Is it possible that our purpose is staring us in the face, and we just don’t see it? Alexander Bell’s career as an inventor began at age 12 when he witnessed his mother going deaf. Later, while working as a professor, he would marry one of his students, also deaf – and Bell was determined to invent a technology that would help people like his mother and wife. That technology turned out to be the telephone, which did not accomplish its original task but brought people the world over closer together.
As happened to Bell, what is taking place in our lives that we feel compelled to fix? What are we curious about? Perhaps, when it comes to career and business planning, the question isn’t so much “what should I do?” but rather “What can I help solve?”
“A person, as a general rule, owes very little to what he or she is born with – they are what they make of themselves.”
Once we find a problem to help solve, and dedicate ourselves to it, we have an obligation to be the best we can be. Alexander Graham Bell believed it wasn’t natural gifts that led him to success. Instead, it was his decision to work hard at finding the answers he sought. A life purpose becomes clear, and entrenched, through commitment and laser focus.
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
So many of us are hoping for a “break” “chance” or even a miracle. But we have forgotten that studious preparation is the only pathway to results. Let us begin today – to take a single baby step towards our dream. Each day need only to have one step. Bell never took his eye off his goal, at one point borrowing money from one of his own employees. It was a humbling experience, but one of many steps towards carrying out his mission.