Let’s dig into the true meaning of the root of prosperous—the word “prosper.” To prosper is mental state of being before it is reality. Therefore, it is a choice regardless of the external conditions. When you have a prosper mindset, conditions are seen through a different lens. Problems are opportunities. Challenges are puzzles to solve. When there appears to be no way, you keep seeking until you find a way.
A prosperous mindset is a giving mindset. I’m a member of the National Speakers Association. The influence of Cavett Roberts, our founder, is embodied in what’s called, The Spirit of Cavett. He said, “Don’t worry about how we divide up the pie, there’s enough for everybody. Let’s just build a bigger pie.” That sums it up.
Prosperity, Freedom, and The Pursuit of Happiness
Freedom and prosperity need each other. You can’t have one without the other. But if you can choose to have just one, then choose a prosperous mindset. Freedom will follow even if you’re being held in captivity against your will. Because you will pursue happiness even the pursuit alone is your source of happiness.
A dictionary is a wonderful record of history for the change in meaning of words over time, especially as slang moves into everyday conversations. In the past decades we’ve seen in certain contexts that bad can mean good, and cool can mean hot, and sick is amazing.
Sadly, modern usage can twist and dilute the profound, deep meaning and roots of words. Prosper has suffered a measure of this cheapening of meaning, especially the mutual aspect of the healthy win–win part.
To prosper evokes happiness as the founders of the USA intended and used the word. In writing about the inalienable rights of man, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, et al. saw happiness as a mutual raising of the human mind and spirit while also in service to uplifting the human condition. The starting line in the pursuit of happiness is the desire to prosper. What gets you to the starting line is your purpose.
The Founders’ point of view was a win–win, rather than a narcissist’s zero-sum game of self-enriched winners at the expense of the “losers.” In essence, to prosper is to be fully for oneself AND fully for others.
What a wonderful ideal! In short, we’re each capable of being a hero instead of a heathen. Yes, it is a high bar, but the alternative is a scarcity mindset of dividing the pie and hoarding your pie.
“You may have dollars in your pocket, but you will never prosper until you are at peace with yourself.” The false notion that prosperity is purely financial sets us up for deep dissatisfaction. Prosperity is so much more than a bank account. It lives in our spirit and attitude and can trump our conditions.
Knowing your purpose empowers you to be more fully awakened and aware of who you are. This more intentional and healthier approach to life strengthens and emboldens you to live and lead in greater accord with the design of your life. Your purpose prepares you to serve, to give.
The centerpiece of the tagline for On-Purpose® is the word Prosper. Within the On-Purpose Approach, each of us is invited to set our own standards for what it means to “Prosper.” This is why “Prosper” is preceded with “Be Yourself.”
To prosper means to succeed or thrive in a healthy way while helping others do the same. A “healthy way” translates into a measure of self-control, morality, and consciousness of the well-being of others. In other words, “to prosper” is a mutual objective rather than an individual enrichment.
My use of “Prosper” in the tagline may border on archaic but, please, let’s not let the rich inspiration and meaning of this important word get lost in time. To prosper is good for you, for me, for your neighbors, your country, and the planet. Embrace the ideal of being a person who prospers.
To prosper is good for…
- our neighbors
- our country
- our planet
- everything and everyone
Embrace the ideal of being a person who prospers.
As always, my hope and prayer is that you will be on-purpose and use the “tagline” to guide your personal leadership development and to guard your heart from the sin of self-importance while stretching into service.
If you want to make a difference with your life, the process is now before you about as simply stated as to be on-purpose.
May you truly prosper!