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The Purpose Principles: Stories of Failing Until Success


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The following is excerpted from Jake Ducey's new book The Purpose Principles (

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The Purpose Principles: Stories of Failing Until Success

  1. Taking Risks The world is built by those who take risks - pioneers who are not afraid of the unknown, business people who are not afraid of failure, thinkers who are not afraid of progress, and dreamers who are not afraid of putting their dreams into action. Process Over Outcomes The most successful and happy people are focused on the process, rather than the outcome. Their focus is not on what they’ll get as a result, but on how they can get lost in the journey of their passion. PRINCIPLE 1: “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but having no vision.” – Helen Keller
  2. PRINCIPLE 2: “In the morning, when you can’t get out of bed, tell yourself I’m getting up to do the work only I can do. How can I possibly hesitate or complain when I’m about to accomplish the task for which I was born?’” - Marcus Aurelius Jackie Robinson loved baseball and believed people of color should be able to play. Despite threats on his life, he used his WHY to change the world.
  3. PRINCIPLE 3: “Anything is possible if you have enough nerve.” – JK Rowling Our culture forgets to recognize that the world’s biggest success stories were first “failures”.  JK Rowling was so poor all she had was a typewriter and an idea; Oprah Winfrey was told she was “unfit for television; Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team and missed 26 game winning shots during his career. He says, “I have failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
  4. Before changing the world, Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for “lacking imagination.” Decca Recording Studios rejected The Beatles saying, “they have no future in show business.” Albert Einstein couldn’t read till he was seven. Elvis Presley was told by one of Nashville’s top concert managers that he was better off being a truck driver than a musician.
  5. PRINCIPLE 4: “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” – Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator Quit waiting… for the perfect day… to share your gifts with the world… to reach your goals… to live happier… to find your purpose… for the money to come to you… to make a difference. As Vincent Van Gogh once said, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”    
  6. PRINCIPLE 5: “If you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things—you don’t have enough goals.” – Lou Holtz The purpose of a goal is who you become in the process, not what you get out of it.   This won’t be easy, but try to write down: 30 things you want to be. 30 things you want to have. 30 things you want to do.
  7. PRINCIPLE 6: PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY “Just because you find the work too hard to do, don’t leap to the conclusion that it is humanly impossible; but if the work can and should be done by someone, then consider yourself capable of doing it.” - Marcus Aurelius   “We can change the world and make it a better place. It’s in your hands to make a difference.” – Nelson Mandela
  8. PRINCIPLE 7: CONFIDENCE “You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are.” – Yogi Bhajan The interviewer said to Jay-Z, ‘Why you? Why did you get to experience this success?’ Jay-Z’s response was something along the lines of, “Because I look at Leonardo da Vinci and I believe that I can create my own great works of art. No one does that today…” We are scared to share our gifts with the world. Just believe in yourself.
  9. PRINCIPLE 8: PERSISTENCE “The most interesting thing about a postage stamp is the persistence with which it sticks to its job.” – Napoleon Hill “Every great difference maker, artist, author, businessperson, and thinker was none of these things when they began.” - Mike Dooley They became these things by never quitting on their visions. Dave Matthews, one of the best selling top-grossing artists in the world had to sell albums out of the trunk of his car for years until they made it big. As an adult Abe Lincoln went bankrupt. Then he lost many elections before becoming President of the United States. One of the greatest painters ever, Van Gogh only sold one painting in his life.
  10. PRINCIPLE 9: CONSISTENCY Contrary to how the media portrays it, your dreams don’t happen overnight Will Smith says, “There’s a difference between talent and skill. Talent is something that you have naturally, but it will fail you if you aren’t skilled. You must spend hours and hours working on your craft.”     9 literary agencies denied Stephanie Meyer, the Twilight series creator, before she went onto inspire millions of people.!
  11. PRINCIPLE 10: ACCUMULATION AND “We cannot teach people anything. We can only help them discover it within themselves.” – Galileo
  12. PRINCIPLE 11: “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” – Zig Ziglar. !
  13. PRINCIPLE 12: “The greatest accomplishment is to be yourself in a world constantly trying to make you anything else.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson ! Do not give up your vision to obey popular trends and opinions. Be a visionary. Be an innovator. Don’t be a follower. Create what’s within you. !
  14. PRINCIPLE 13: “Open your eyes and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” – Bob Marley ! Advertising today tries to convince us we are not good enough. The truth is that you’re smart enough, good-looking enough, and deserving enough for your dreams.   Beauty is not based on whether or not you have a six-pack or the perfect butt or boobs. We all know there are tons of people who’ve changed the world and lived wonderful lives who don’t fit that stereotype. Look within yourself to find beauty, your spirit will whisper your gifts. Listen to that voice– share those gifts with the world. ! ! ! !
  15. PRINCIPLE 14: “Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. Say what you want to say to set yourself free.” – Charles Richards ! “People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion.” – Anne Frank ”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent abut things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  16. PRINCIPLE 15: “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it” – Maya Angelou ! Taylor!Swi+!was!an!unknown!musician!with!a!big!dream!to!be!a!posi9ve!influence!to!millions!of!people.!Her!career!took!off! when!Tim!McGraw!finally!let!her!come!on!tour!with!him!a+er!she!called!him!everyday!un9l!he!said!“yes.”! Because she kept asking for what she wanted, her life has never been the same since. ! ! ! ! ! ! “Most people never get what they want because they never have the courage to ask for it,” Jack Canfield says, “SWSWSWSW. Some people will say yes. Some people will say no. So what? Someone is waiting!” !
  17. The Purpose Principles by Jake Ducey is available now. Click below to order… More at