Questions from an 8-year-old.

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When I was visiting family over Thanksgiving, I had the chance to spend some much needed quality time with my 8-year-old nephew.

One evening, as we were on our way to dinner, he was chatting with one of his uncles in the back seat. I could only hear snippets of their conversation, but two questions stood out. Questions that may, on the surface, seem cute coming from the mouth of a babe. But I promise they have the ability to rattle even the most confident of business owners.

In asking his uncle what he did for a living, he asked:

  1. What is your purpose?
  2. What makes what you do important?

All of the adults in the car (there were 5 of us) were mesmerized (and somewhat terrified) by the questions.

As I sat contemplating what he had asked, I wondered how I would have answered those questions for myself. What is my purpose, and what makes what I do important.

This certainly isn't the first time those questions have swirled around in my brain, but it was the first time I ever contemplated how to break it down so that my 8-year-old nephew would leave that conversation saying "AWESOME."

How would you answer those questions?

As 2013 winds down and we head into a new year, filled with amazing potential, I ask you this:

What is your purpose?

What makes what you do important?