For decades I’ve been traveling around the world speaking to audiences about getting the best out of life by putting your best into life.
Whether in business, personal, family, or community settings, I’ve told millions of people that they can have everything in life they want if they will just help enough other people get what they want.
when people say to me, “Hey, Zig! How ya doing?” I respond: “I’m doing better’n good!”
The response has been amazing. People literally stop in their tracks to remark on my greeting.
The power of words should never be underestimated.
There are three pillars to the “better than good” life: passion, peak performance, and purpose.
In essence, that brings me to the thesis of this book: the “better than good” life is experienced by living with genuine passion, striving for peak performance, and fulfilling one’s God-given purpose. And I don’t mind telling you up front: my goal is to motivate you to want to live that kind of life!
Life’s too tough to get to the top without passion. You’re going to fail, be taken advantage of, be disappointed by people you trust, disappoint yourself, run out of resources—almost every day you’re going to encounter a good, solid, logical reason why you ought to give up. And without passion, you just might. That’s why passion is the prerequisite for peak performance.
Peak performance is dependent on passion, grit, determination, and a willingness to do something poorly until you can do it well.
The third part of the equation—purpose—is something I have come to believe is a key to the whole dynamic of motivation and the “better than good” life.
“If obstacles were not an issue, what would you like to be doing with your life?”
many people (most people?) don’t say, “I’m doing what I know I was put on this earth to do. I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”
And that’s where we get to the discussion of purpose—what it is, how we find it, and the difference knowing one’s purpose can make.
I had an experience that ignited passion in me and convinced me I was uniquely created for a special purpose.
Things like this: use an electronic notepad or buy yourself a pack of 3 x 5 cards and keep them handy while you’re reading this book. When you read some-thing that speaks to you—an idea, a thought, a plan, a value, a reason, a correction—jot it down. Then carry those cards with you wherever you go.
When you have the opportunity—stuck in traffic, on hold on the phone, waiting in a doctor’s office, before going to sleep at night—review your notes.
Part I: The Passion of the “Better Than Good” Life
1. A Passionate Journey
[quote, CHARLES BUXTON]
Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work body and soul.
[quote, WILLIAM GURNALL]
Blind zeal is soon put to a shameful retreat, while holy resolution, built on fast principles, lifts up its head like a rock in the midst of the waves.
[quote, LARRY CRABB]
The core problem is not that we are too passionate about bad things, but that we are not passionate enough about good things.
[quote, PHILIP SHELDRAKE]
Passion, for all its dangers, needs uncaging if we are to move towards completeness as human beings.
[quote, SIR RICHARD STEELE]
Men spend their lives in the service of their passions instead of employing their passions in the service of their life.
When a student with an average IQ performs magnificent feats in the academic world, give passion the credit.
When you see an athlete with only average ability accomplish herculean tasks, give passion the credit.
When you see a parent provide for his or her children despite physical or educational handicaps and roadblocks—obstacles that would stop an ordinary person in his or her tracks — give passion the credit.
Finding and developing passion is a journey, not an event. There is a process you must follow; some find it early, while some discover it much later. A noble passion, when found and developed, produces great joy and personal rewards and offers huge benefits to society as well.
A Dream That Wouldn’t Die
Her list of rejections was impressive, but after five long years she finally got her first book published.
Are you ready for this? Today Debbie has seventy million books in print worldwide
Once she took her eyes off making those all-important sales figures and focused on her message, the one she believed God gave her, she started achieving the success she had been seeking.
“Live creatively, friends. . . . Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others”
Against All Odds
The passionate people who make the greatest contributions to society are not only highly motivated—they have proper motives. And, in the final analysis, proper motives always seek to accomplish goals that contribute to the common good . . . that serve others . . . that make the world a better place.
Here was a youngster who had all the odds stacked against him: born into slavery, orphaned, suffering from ill health and childhood difficulties. But he was undaunted by obstacles.
George Washington Carver never grew bored with life, because he saw it as an infinite object of investigation and an endless source of discovery.
A Passion to Make a Difference
Some people have passion that rarely is exercised beyond the bounds of their own experience. it remains a self-indulgent passion, if you will.
There are others whose passion is to change the world with that which they dream about. Debbie Macomber didn’t just want to write. She wanted to write stories that were wholesome and edifying; stories parents could give their children to read and feel good about; stories that would remind older readers of the classic fiction of past generations. In other words, she wanted to use her passion to write to make a contribution to families just like her own.
The “better than good” life is lived by those who have passion for changing the world they live in. It might be just their own family, their neighborhood, their church, their company, their community, or their nation they touch. But ultimately, to impact just one person with our passion is to change the world. To encourage, inspire, and motivate one person with our passion is to move beyond ourselves and take others with us. That is the essence of the “better than good” life.