Paulo Coelho wrote in The Alchemist, "Making a decision was only the beginning. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him places he never dreamed."
I have made the decision that in my lifetime I want to help one billion people.
Every great leader recognizes the power of influence. Great leaders are relentlessly committed to pursuing their dreams. They understand how to find their voice, to speak out, to share their dreams, and ultimately change the world around them.
At the present moment, I have no idea how I can impact one billion people. I don't even know where to start, but I truly feel it's my mission in life. It's been evolving for years, and I know I'll continue to feel this passion for as long as I live.
First, let me share how I got to this crazy goal. It started with listening to Gary Vaynerchuk. He talks about having a massive goal that will push you to do important things every single day. Gary's dream is to one day own the New York Jets football team. Having a crazy big dream is the greatest motivation that one can have because it will make you stronger, more ambitious, and hyper-aware of where your life is headed.
Just like Gary, I wanted to have a massive goal. The first iteration started because I am running an incredible startup, Terminus. In two years we went from three co-founders to more than 100 employees, and from $0 in revenue to becoming a best-in-class SaaS company in terms of growth rate. We're continuing to crush it.
With this experience, in addition to having led marketing at Pardot when the company was acquired by Salesforce, I set a goal to become the CEO of a billion-dollar company.
The feeling of employing hundreds (or thousands) of people and knowing that this role as a leader of their company is not only helping them but also their families and our community...it's incredibly humbling. But I am still not satisfied.
Thus, my goal changed. Now I want to impact the lives of more people beyond my company. How can we all play a meaningful role in positively impacting billions of people's the lives?
Going back to The Alchemist -- Paulo Coelho calls this mission the "Personal Legend." He says that everyone on Earth has one. Coelho's most famous quote from the book is:
"When you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
The good news is that I'm not alone in my quest. Great leaders before me blazed a path for changing the world. When I thought about who I could look to for inspiration, the first person who came to mind is the "Father of the Nation" from my home country of India: Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi undoubtedly influenced one billion people all across India and all over the world. Gandhi led India to independence and is considered one of the greatest champions of civil rights ever. Gandhi's face is even on the rupee.
He famously said, "I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people." Without picking up a stone, Gandhi was able to help India gain independence from Great Britain.
I could list more leaders who have made an impact on the lives of one billion people, especially with technology leaders such as Steve Jobs at Apple, Elon Musk of PayPal and Tesla, or Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook with its 1.86 billion active users.
However, the point of this post is to share my life's mission with you. After all, it only takes five minutes to change a life.Hopefully, it inspires you to reflect on your own "Personal Legend." Perhaps together, we can figure out how to positively impact billions of people.
In closing, I imagine a brave new world where everyone has identified their mission in life and each individual has the courage to reach out to people who can help them achieve their dreams. Every person has all the tools they need to succeed and most importantly, to measure success not in financial terms but by how they help people along the way.
At the end of the day, if you can impact one person's life in a positive way, you can impact the lives of billions of other people. One person can make a difference and change in the world. Want to join this revolution of positively impacting billions of people?
Let's get started by sharing this post and your ideas for how to do so. Hit me up on Twitter if you want to do the same and let's plant to seeds that are beyond the "self-help" hype. Together, let's turn it into "help-others" hype.