Why Do You Do What You Do?

The question the title poses is simple and straightforward. What is your motivation for doing what you do? Are you doing it so you can look good for someone else, doing it for status, doing it to be recognized, doing it for a promotion, doing it to fit in, or any other myriad of reasons? In my opinion, there is only one true reason to do something and that is because you believe in your heart it is the right thing to do and it aligns with your passion.


When you do something because it aligns with your passion, it shines through and others feed off of that. Too often you see people making purchases to “keep up with the Joneses” or to impress someone else around them. Perhaps a workout routine was started only because you wanted to impress that cute girl or guy in class and not for because you enjoy how it makes you feel?

I find some aspects of our society rather gross with how some people will go into debt just to make it look like they have “made it”. I also find it gross when companies are doing something simply because it is profitable and will do whatever it takes to ensure it stays profitable. I find it far nobler to pursue something because it is what you believe to be the correct thing to do.

This is part of the reason I love running so much, because it most often comes from a very pure place. It is a pursuit of consciousness, of being, and of self growth. At it’s most basic form there is no profit involved except what you personally get from your run. It costs nothings and offers smiles, relaxation, enjoyment, and endorphins.

Think about it with all the decisions you are going to make today and also with all the purchases you are going to be making soon. Is it because it is truly aligned with who you are or are you fooling yourself and attempting to fool everyone around you? Why do you exist, what is your purpose, what do you believe in, what inspires you?

“The more you inspire, the more people will inspire you.” ~Simon Sinek


Always in Stride,


6 replies
  1. bgddyjim
    bgddyjim says:

    Ah, the question is, “do you pursue those non-profitable causes with your money”?

    The answer, if you work for anyone other than yourself and/or are not independently wealthy and can, therefore afford to not make a living, would be no. Making no money always sounds sexy when it is someone else who isn’t making it. Just a thought.

    • Jack McPheron
      Jack McPheron says:

      Bgddyjim, 2 major points. 1. It can still absolutely be profitable, there are profitable companies out there that are doing all the right things for all the right reasons (in my opinion). Examples being Patagonia and Newton Running to just name 2. Also, if aligned with a good company I think you can still impart some of your greatest gifts as long as it’s a company worth being with and a great reason “why” they do what they do.


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