06/19/2014 01:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Other 29 Percent: It's Just About... Life


Sitting on the beach, staring out at the ocean, the rolling waves and the horizon that seems to run on to infinity, it's easy to think and to reflect.

Been doing a lot of that this week while sitting on the shore down south. I've been thinking about what we all learn in school, but the magnitude of which doesn't hit home until you've got your toes in the water and your ass in the sand: We're just so small.

If 71 percent of the earth is covered by water, then for those who can't breathe under there -- and that includes most of us, except for the occasional scuba diver, those stationed in submarines and that guy they call Aquaman -- the rest of us are left to figure out what's left.

Twenty-nine percent. Doesn't seem like a very big number. Yet it is. So what are those of us who walk this good green earth left to do? It's a good question, and staring out at the salty waters of the Atlantic, I don't have the answer. But I do have some thoughts and maybe some inspiration.

It's been said that there are only about 5 percent of us who actually figure out what it is we want to do with our lives. That means 24 percent of the population is meandering about without really knowing where they are going. That IS a big number. Consider we've got about 7 billion people on the planet, that leaves a lot of people left to figure this out. Not that they aren't living happy, fulfilling lives... who am I to say what someone really treasures. But all you hear about is how people want more, that in this world where we are all so connected, you can find what you need, but what you really want... well that's a different story.

In The Charge by Brendon Burchard, he talks about a "consciously designed existence, an enduring flame in the soul that illuminates you throughout all your days no matter the darkness around you." That's deep, but no so deep that it doesn't make sense. Start from the inside out, meaning figure out what gift you have to bring to the world and then create a path to get what you want. If you understand yourself first, then it's easier to see what the need is for others and to utilize your talents to fill that need, to relieve that pain, to help others gain. Figure out how you can become more, and you will help others do the same.

And it's not really a daunting task, I mean more than 70 percent of the earth could care less. That part is simply rolling along, wave after wave, the occasional rough surf or tsunami, I mean who doesn't have a bad day... but for the most part, it's a deep, even sea of serenity. Who doesn't want to feel like that? Joy, vibrancy and fulfillment.

Look you could argue I'm spending too much time by the water's edge, too much time with the earbuds in, the music on and a cold one in my hand, but then again, it's inspiration, a dream, a vision, and the realization of what is possible, if you just focus and work on it. I echo what Burchard states in his book:

Our times are calling for you to master your mind and contribute more magic and positive energy to the world. We all need you fully engaged again and sharing with us the fully expressed, extraordinary you. We need you to choose a different kind of life to charge up for the challenges that lie ahead for all humankind.

If we can get there, now that is a sea of contentment.

Until next time, thanks for taking the time.


Mark Brodinsky, Author, Blogger, Financial Services

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