When Philip McKernan watched Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time, his perspective was completely and utterly changed. Indiana Jones cared immensely, but didn’t care what people thought of him; he lived a wild, amazing, carefree life that was deeply connected to humanity and its history.
Since then, Philip has traveled the world embarking on his own adventures and making an impact in his own unique way. He has caddied in golf for the President of Ireland, been chased and nearly killed by a bull elephant in Nigeria, made wine in Australia, built an orphanage in Peru, written five books despite being dyslexic, and created a documentary film called Give & Grow. This film explores how the gift of giving makes us feel more worthy and alive, as well as the science behind the impact of giving on our emotional well being, our mental health, our physiology, and our businesses.
Through all of this, Philip came to believe that the path to a happy and fulfilling life is found through the meaning we derive in life through the work we do, our relationship to others, and the most important relationship of all – your relationship with yourself.
Uncover Your Gifts
Discovering these truths about himself, discovering his gift for inspiring others, wasn’t easy, and it didn’t all happen at once.
“My gifts have been dragged out of me,” Philip says. “I’ve been brought to my gifts kicking and screaming… and, unfortunately, that’s what a lot of us need in order to impact the world using our gifts, as opposed to our talents.”
So many of us are lost when we try to make an impact because our God-given gifts get tied up with the inherent need to matter or the need to be seen, and we don’t really understand how to separate the two anymore.
But as Philip says, “If you’re tying your gift into some kind of recognition or result, you’re not really allowing your gift to shine.” So take a moment to consider who you are seeking validation from today – not if you are seeking validation, but who you are seeking it from.
This need for validation may drive you to financial success, but it’s never going to drive you to feel fulfilled or satisfied. And you do deserve fulfillment in your life, just as much as you deserve success!
Remember, “There’s no amount of external validation on Earth that is ever, ever, ever going to be able to fill the gap if you don’t matter, at some level, to yourself – and that is the most important relationship on Earth.”
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