Don't Search For a Purpose
The reason why many of us are not getting where we want to be in life is that we are just not humble enough. We become way too arrogant way too fast these days. Some of us are way too business-minded instead of being purpose-minded.
When I was on the road the other day on my way to speak at an event, I was reminded of when I first started. I used to do really small things for really small groups of people. Sometimes I would be invited to speak somewhere where I was being paid very little (or sometimes I was not even being paid at all) and sometimes there were only one or two people who would show up to listen. That can really be embarrassing for someone who is just starting out, but humility was something I had to majorly adopt to be able to make it through that. The thing about that is that recently I decided that it was important to me to continue accepting offers to speak at events like that even if they were small, or even if I was hardly getting paid because getting my message out was way more important than my ego feeling good that there are more than a hundred people listening to my speech. If my speech affects just one person then I should feel satisfied that I made some kind of impact on someone's life, and for that to happen all I need is one person listening.
I hear so much about people lately who will turn down speaking offers or gigs because there won't be enough people or they won't be paid enough, but I am sorry that is just not purpose-minded enough for me. If you are really dedicated to your purpose then you have got to humble yourself and do what needs to be done to achieve your purpose before you worry about satisfying your ego. I am not telling you to take any opportunity presented because some of them are actually unrealistic. What I want you to know is that I feel like the biggest strengths I have gained in speaking have come from gigs that I did for free and gigs where there were not a whole lot of people. If you can find the humility to do some of those less glamorous things then you might find so much value in them in the long run. And of course, this can apply to way more than just public speaking this can apply to anything.
My point is simply this: put yourself out there and stop being afraid of being embarrassed. I hear music artists that will say nobody supports them or listens to them when there are things they could do to get themselves out there. Go out there and pass out CDs. Humble yourself and start doing the work. Don't let opportunities pass you by because you were embarrassed.
It all starts with you.