A mission statement is a companyâ€™s purpose for existing but I like the idea of individuals having them, too. Do you have one?
For the last year, my friend Joey has been working on a personal project where she takes a photo of a different person every day and then asks them a handful of questions. The excerpts go here and Iâ€™m always most intrigued by their personal mission statements. I feel like these few words can speak volumes about a person. Some are self improvement focused while others are focused on changing the world at large. Either way, theyâ€™re always inspiring and remind me that we each have goals, dreams and passions that hinge on changing ourselves and our surroundings for the better.
As I sat next to Joey a few weeks ago while she interviewed one of her subjects, I wondered aloud what my personal mission statement would be. It came to me pretty fast:
Work hard and play hard.
No matter what Iâ€™m doing, I give it my all. When Iâ€™m working, Iâ€™m focused on creating the best possible solution. I want to put work out into the world that that not only stands the test of time but makes my clients happy. The second Iâ€™m off the clock though, I want to play hard. I want to explore whichever city Iâ€™m in at that moment, snap photos with family and friends and hit a mix of the nicest restaurants and dive bars alike. I want to soak in as many experiences as possible.
What about you?
Whatâ€™s your personal mission statement?
What does it say about you?
Do you feel that it keeps you on track and gives you direction?
Photo: Diane and Mike. Playing hard for me often requires confetti and jumping on beds. 😉