694. From Existential Crisis to a Life of Purpose
“I literally had this ‘Aha!’ moment one day when I looked at the phone and literally said, out loud, ‘I want the next person who calls to be happier at the end of the call than they were at the beginning of the call.’ ”
Mary Shores is a best-selling Hay House personal development author, and a businesswoman who discovered a roadmap for how to get in control of your own life. As the owner and CEO of what has been called one of the most unique collection agencies in the country, her philosophy of maintaining a positive approach to life and to debt collection has re-framed her entire organization and the lives of those she has trained.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“I started my own business when I was 24. It was very small in the beginning, of course. When my parents lost their collections business, I approached several of their former clients and asked them to give me a chance. Several of them did. I just did what I needed to do each day, built it, and over time it has become a very successful business.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“I went through my own crisis of meaning, or existential crisis, several years ago. I decided I wanted to take a more spiritual path in life that was more focused on my personal growth. I realized that just by exercising my natural-born skills, gifts and talents I was able to live a life of purpose.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“The idea of having a purpose has become this thing. It is as if it is this big P-word, hiding behind a curtain. That you are supposed to have to go through some sort of scary journey to live on this path. But, the truth is, your purpose is not hidden from you at all. Whatever you were good at as a kid—like when I was that little kid playing banker in my garage—shows us what that is. Whenever you feed your natural skills, gifts and talents, they will grow. And they will become more powerful in the neural networks of your subconscious. Then, synchronistically, you start to find more opportunities to use them.”
Steps to Success from Mary Shores
1. Make a list of what you do that is unique to you, something you are good at that brings you joy.
2. Look right where you are for opportunities to do those things. They may be in a new volunteer involvement, or as close as helping a co-worker.
3. As you start using your unique gifts, watch for new resources and opportunities that will come to you.
4. Notice and acknowledge how you feel better as you use your unique gifts. That feeling will grow as you continue to use them.
Connecting With Mary Shores
Group: Fearless Ambition
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Careers: Author, Business Owner, Debt Collections
Topics: Positive Approach, Purpose, Talents