Pursuit of a Life with Purpose: An Introduction

Seems like a weighty subject for my first blog, but it is a subject that has been on my mind of late.  Today, I hope to let you know a little something about me, why I’m undertaking this, what you can expect, and why I hope you will follow along with me on this journey.

My name is Tom Collins.  I have enjoyed a successful career in the Commercial Real Estate industry.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my life and though there may be a few regrets, there isn’t a lot I would change—which is something of a victory in and of itself.

I plan to cover a multitude of subjects, including business and life in general: things that cross my mind and intrigue me or frustrate me, but no matter what the topic, I hope you’ll find my posts to be relevant, interesting and thought provoking.

I love learning.  I love reading—fiction and non-fiction (history is a favorite).  I’ve recently become a big fan of TED Talks.  Why not!  Smart people sharing their area of expertise in a video that lasts less than 18 minutes.

Some excellent books I have read recently include Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth, Abigail Adams, by Woody Holton, and House of Spies, by Daniel Silva.  I just finished Why Buddhism Is True, by Robert Wright.

I highly recommend one of my favorite business books The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues, by Patrick Lencioni. I read this a few months ago and it’s great for anyone building a team, leading a team, about to join a new team or currently on a bad team.

I also plan to share some of my favorite quotes.  These little gems are often packed with wisdom and insight.  William Shakespeare: “The choices we make dictate the life we lead.”  Albert Einstein: “Many of the things you can count don’t count.  Many of the things you can’t count really count.”

Think about those for a little bit.  Quotes such as these will be in my posts or even be the subject of a blog or two.

I plan to keep a consistent schedule, posting once a week or so.  While I won’t initially invite comments on the blog page itself, I would be happy to entertain your thoughts via email which you can access on my website: www.collinsstrategies.net.

We’ll continue to explore the pursuit of a life with purpose in the next posting.  Until then, ponder this from Michelangelo: The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

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