What Do You Want to Be Known For?

kicking-guyI love talking about passions, purpose, dreams, and goals. I could spend hours talking with folks about their own visions of the good life and what motivates them (and some times I do).

I’m a firm believer in questions being one of the most powerful tools available to a person seeking their path – the right questions that is. So, let’s kick-off the weekend with a question. One of my favorites is:

What do you want to be known for?

If you could only be known for one thing, what would it be? The answer to this question will offer some fascinating clues to finding your purpose.

If you’re on that winding path of self discovery, take some time over the weekend to explore this question. Imagine you are watching or listening to a pre-recorded interview with yourself, and the host says “[Your Name], best known for …

How would that sentence be completed?

Your purpose will arrive when the time is right. The idea is to prime the pump, ask the right questions, and listen carefully for the answers.

Have an enlightening weekend ;).


  1. Great question!

    I want to have significance in many areas of my life. But, if I had to only be known for one thing it would be that I am a great dad.

    Nothing else I do has the potential that being a dad does.

    Thanks for posing the question. You didn’t answer it yourself…what would you want to be known for?


  2. I’d like my name to be associated with positive social significance. This platform of blogging and this ever-widening community are my foundation. From here will come all of the knowledge and wisdom necessary to direct me toward fulfilling my purpose.

    You asked ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Drew – Great answer and I know what you mean. Being a dad offers a special opportunity and reward. I can pick that up in your writing. You mentioned talking about the quality of advent calendar chocolate with your daughter in a comment, and my daughter and I had just had a very similar discussion. It was one of those cool “clicking with another dad” moments. As for my own answer รขโ‚ฌโ€œ it is very similar. I’ve always wanted to be known as a great dad, husband, and someone who inspires others.

    Carolyn รขโ‚ฌโ€œ I love how you are using this platform as a foundation. What a wonderful approach, and I can see your work as part of that focus. If you asked me, I say you’re well on your way. You’re known for your positive social significance, to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Since Drew took being a great dad, and Carolyn’s got a stranglehold on helping the world, let me come up with something else.

    Ben Yoskovitz, best known for making people laugh, while secretly inspiring them to greater success.

    On the subject of Advent calendars, my son loves his. He’s just past 2 which means he hasn’t quite grasped the concept of “open one window per day.” He nods when you tell him, but turn away and suddenly 18, 22 and 13 are open. Today he opened two…but I let him cause his mom’s working late. Shhh…don’t tell her.

  5. Tony – I could read that comment all day and not tire of it. Thank you.

    Ben – You’ve succeeded in making me laugh tonight (and you’re an inspiration). A stranglehold on helping the world. My, my.

    Drew – You can’t be left out. I remember something else you said about being a Dad and it led me to believe you’re a great one.

  6. Ben รขโ‚ฌโ€œ I like the way you think. Laughs and inspiration are 2 of my favorite things. We went away for a few days, and as soon as we got back, the kids said we had 4 days of chocolate to open. We did them all in a row (I have my own. I’m not a good sharer ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    Carolyn รขโ‚ฌโ€œ There you go having that positive social significance again ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. What a fantastic website! I’ve very recently decided to go into business for myself after a variety of experiences. I discovered your blog today and I LOVE it! I know this is an older post but I can’t stop reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

    My answer to this question is: I want to be so secure with myself that I don’t need to be known for anything. I’ve spent my whole life so far (I’m 30) trying to prove myself to everyone else (and probably failing miserably, who knows what people really think), thinking that “if only I could get my name known for something I’ll be important” and not enough time being known to ME! ๐Ÿ™‚

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