Mission Statement

Maslow once stated that "we are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings." The problem with Maslow's statement is that most people find it difficult to take what they have and develop a mission, a statement that will drive future endevors. I spent much time dealing with this very issue during my final quarter at Seattle University, and was lucky enough to have a very good professor (thank you Dr. Callahan) to help guide me in that direction. With that said, after having read several books on the topic, I came up with this:

My mission is to dream, build, and lead an environment of creativity, growth and challenge in any and all endeavors I pursue.

Well, that sounds like a good mission. It has direction towards an end, it has qualities that I find important in myself that I like to use on a daily basis. But it was lacking overall punch. It talked about me, but it did not say me. It just didn't have the fire, the drive that pushed me to the limits everyday trying to make things happen. So, I came up with this second statement which describes better what I'd like to do.

My mission is to take something that is nothing, and build an empire.

You read that right. I'm going to build an empire. At the most basic level, I want to develop something from scratch and build it into something I'm proud of. While standing alone it has punch, as a mission statement it is lacking the needed componants on how to make such a mission occur. If you use look at the first statement, you get a better idea of what I plan to use to build statement number two.

Demosthenes actually said something similar to my second statement which I found after the fact: "Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises." I believe he was correct; that I can take something nonexistant today, and make it great tomorrow. But Demosthenes also said "all speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action." The only way to make a mission statement worthy is to pursue it. I myself am fully pursing both of mine so that my speech, my words are not in vain.